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Ubisoft, throughout the history of E3, has always managed to establish a large presence even among other conferences. They are always known for announcing and showing off massive, AAA titles, and this year was no different. The show began with a cute, funny video showing two Rayman Rabbids fooling around with one of the power-up blocks typically found in Mario games. The crowd erupted into cheers as Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot welcomed Shigeru Miyamoto onto the stage wielding model weapons that will appear in the upcoming Mario and Rabbids crossover Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, a crossover video game between Ubisoft and Nintendo that has the world of the Mushroom Kingdom clashing with that of the Rabbids releasing on August 29th of this year. It is a strategy game that has been in development for three years, and will be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.

The conference moved on to showcase a new trailer and a small glimpse at gameplay for Assassin’s Creed Origins, which had a demo shown off yesterday at Microsoft’s conference. Considering the game’s scope it only made sense that more of it would be revealed. Next up, two trailers for The Crew 2, which was announced last month played. They revealed that the game would not only incorporate new additions including professional racing, but flying and sailing as well. Another trailer was shown that gave us a better look at how the game would run and play in-engine. The wide variety of locations and vehicles promise a great range of freedom and exploration. It will be coming out in early 2018.

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After that, trailers were shown for South Park: The Fractured But Whole scheduled for release on October 17th, which was later followed up by South Park: Phone Destroyer coming out on mobile in the same month. Transference was also announced, only shown in a cryptic teaser starring Elijah Wood that is billed for release in early 2018. Skull and Bones, a cooperative tactical-action game which has you taking control of a pirate character of your own creation, also was given a significant chunk of time. It borrows from the ship-combat found in Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, expanding and improving upon it to have it serve as the backbone of an entirely new game and potential franchise. It will be coming out in the fall season of 2018. Just Dance 2018 also had it’s fair share of the presentation, bringing on different dance and music groups for release in October of this year.

One of the big surprises was Starlink: Battle of Atlas, a science-fiction action game taking place in a star system utilizing ship combat. It allows players to switch out different accessories and weapons on their ships using a physical accessory that was shown to be attached to the Nintendo Switch controller. Whether the function will remain on PS4 and Xbox One is not known as of now, but it is a highly unique approach that it will set it apart from other games in the same genre.

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A new expansion pack for Steep was unveiled, though the new trailer only showed glimpses at what would be added. That was quickly swept to the side for Far Cry 5, showing the first-person, open-world shooter in action. The visuals are gorgeous, and the cultist-ridden land of Hope County promises hours of fun gameplay.

Perhaps the biggest announcement of the entire conference was what they ended off with: a CGI trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2, a game that is now fifteen years in the making. It is confirmed to take place before the birth of Jade, who was the protagonist of the original. The new cast of characters fit the mold of the bizarre, insane world of Beyond Good and Evil.

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From beginning to end, Ubisoft impressed by giving their fans a continuous stream of games to look forward to, whether they simply be announcements or shown off on stage as demos. From the unveiling of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle to Skull and Bones, Starlink: Battle for Atlas and of course, Beyond Good and Evil 2, Ubisoft was sure to keep giving people titles to be excited about with most of them having general release windows promised. 

Out of the conferences so far, Ubisoft without a doubt had the tightest, strongest and most direct show. It all falls to Sony tonight to top that, so stay tuned for our recap of their announcements right here at Geeks+Gamers.
About the Author
Joshua Volkers
Joshua Volkers is one of Geeks + Gamers’ associate editors, and helps coordinate video-game related content. Growing up in Canada, Josh has come to cultivate an appreciation for games that are more story-driven like RPGs. Despite that, he does still thoroughly enjoy games more oriented around gameplay than narrative. He attempts to champion lesser known games that deserve more exposure and recognition. His favorite video game series include Persona, Mass Effect, Uncharted, and Super Mario, with the chief among them being Final Fantasy.

Josh’s favorite superhero is Superman, and he loves the character so much that he has watched the series Smallville roughly 3 times over all the way through. He also has a lifelong obsession with the Harry Potter series, which is part of what inspired him to take up writing. He hopes to publish an in-progress novel one day, and continues to hone his skills and revise what he has already written in preparation of achieving that goal.