E3 2014: Ubisoft Media Briefing

If you are going to start an E3 press conference, you better start it with a bang. First game on the block for Ubisoft was Far Cry 4. Until today, the controversial cover art has been the only light shed on the new iteration of Far Cry. Today, Ubisoft broadcasted the first 5 minutes of the game and introduced its new villain: Pagan Min. He seems like the kinda guy that you wanna stay friends with, ‘cause if you don’t, he will mess you up. The intro is gruesome, intense, and exactly what we expect from Far Cry. Set to the track “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash, your character is on a bus towards the himalayan border with a fake passport in hand. In the words of creative director Dan Hay, “beyond that, you are F**KED!”.

Next out on stage is the hostest with the mostest, Aisha Tyler, back for her third Ubisoft E3 press conference. She is hilarious, witty, off the cuff, borderline offensive and truly love video games. She’s perfect to host for this kind of event. She speak to us, the gamers, not to the suits.

Aisha segways into the Just Dance 2015 part of the conference with comments on her own awkward dance abilities. The one cool thing about this new version of Just Dance is that it will be playable on any mobile device, console, smart tv, computer, etc and there is no limit to how many people can play. As always, expect a new updated tracklist of pop songs. Just Dance 2015 will be available this October.

“Tragedy is invisible. People turn from it, they run from it if they can.”
Now for the Division. Ubisoft took us on a journey through its latest trailer, taking us from New York of today to the Big Apple of the Division. It’s a dark, desolate, cold, and bleak place that reminds me a lot of the movie 28 Days Later or any other zombie apocalypse style setting. It looks amazing, hyper realistic and has me drooling for more. No release date yet, just the vague 365 day window of 2015.

The Crew is tackling the challenge of minimizing load times for its epic large map: the continental United States. During the trailer, we got to follow a mission from coast to coast, Miami to Los Angeles (sped up of course) that had zero load times. We saw land formations change, famous landmarks like Mount Rushmore, weather changes, season changes, day to night, the whole gamut that you would expect going from one side of the country to the other. It was a demonstration of one of the many over 2 hour long missions available in the game. It’s slated for release on November 11th, 2014 on PS4, Xbox One and PC but if you feel like playing earlier, you can sign up for the open beta that starts July 23rd.

We got to see some of the new multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed Unity during the Xbox press conference. Outdoing themselves, Ubisoft reveals a trailer to set the mood of the French revolution landscape with a fly over of Paris. It was followed by a gameplay demo demonstrating the updated parkour style free movement throughout the city, complete with a death-defying dive that lets you grab onto poles sticking out of walls instead of falling onto them precariously. The flow from outdoor movement to inside building is very natural, not taking any load time. I hope the whole city is like this, not just buildings where missions are based. Assassinations are as gruesome as always, and take you to new vantage points, such as attop of a guillotine.

For those of us who want to get in shape, one of the new IP’s coming from Ubisoft this E3 is Shape Up, a fitness app targeted at us gamers. Developed at Ubisoft Montreal and in partnership with Microsoft, it is said to be a new type of training that is supposed to help us stay fit while having fun. The graphics have a retro gaming feel to them and the two matches shown on stage resembled a gamepad-less Dance Dance Revolution and classic push ups. Power to Ubisoft if they think they can make a fitness game that is fun, but to me a workout is still a workout.

We got a short trailer for Valiant Hearts - The Great War that really pulled on the heart strings. The game’s stories are all inspired by letters written by soldiers of the First World War. Built on the UbiArt framework, the game looks beautiful with its hand rendered style and is set to release on June 25, 2014.

Last but certainly not least was the surprise announcement of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. The footage shown was a pre-alpha multiplayer match that had my fiancé and I sitting on the edge of our couch. Needless to say, we are excited to see more.

That rounds out the Ubisoft E3 2014 press conference. Let us know what games you are excited for by commenting below or tweeting us @thegirlsongames!

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