Nine days to go until we officially kick off E3 2017 and I’m glad I’m writing this article after Ubisoft announced Far Cry 5. I had it set to be one of my predictions so now I don’t look like an out of date fool. Unless, of course, there is another announcement before June 12th. Which, with my luck, something will happen and make this article look dated.
Ubisoft has a lot to offer this year at E3, I expect them to continue to support some of their titles from last year with more content. Games like The Division, Steep and Ghost Recon Wildlands should be looking forward to new content. It might be a little early for Wildlands but I expect something to be said about it.
Of course, the big story for Ubisoft will be the return of Assassin’s Creed. The new title that has been heavily leaked over the last few months is bound to make a splash at E3 this year. However, Ubisoft always leaves us with an “Oh, and one more thing” announcement. And since we have nothing to help us figure out what that is, I’m just going to take a shot in the dark in the predictions area.
Far Cry 5
As I mentioned, Far Cry 5 was officially announced a few weeks ago and it was paired with cover art and a trailer to set the scene. The game being set in America while you combat an insane, doomsday cult has me super interested so I’m ready to see more of this title. And I believe we’ll see plenty of it during Ubisoft’s press conference.
I’m prepared for a full gameplay trailer that will show off the new area they’ve created for us to cause mayhem in. I also expect some features being shown off in this game to really get us pumped for the next installment. Because what’s E3 without a little hype? What I would love to see is a proper introduction to the main antagonist for Far Cry 5 similar to how Pagan Min was introduced in the Far Cry 4 footage.
South Park The Fractured But Whole
The long journey of South Park The Fractured But Whole is slated to end this year. The game was recently announced to have an October 17 release date, but we’ll see if that holds. Don’t be surprised if this is pushed back one more time. Not that I want to see another delay, but Matt Stone and Trey Parker are perfectionists when it comes to their South Park stories and will delay it if it’s not up to their standards.
It’s clear to me that we’ll see this game, again, at E3 but we’ve already seen a good bit of it. So what else could they give us? I would appreciate it if they didn’t waste more jokes on an E3 trailer that take away from the natural progression of the game. Hopefully whatever trailer they have to show will just parody more superhero movies and maybe even rag on themselves a bit with all of the delays.
Just Dance 2018
Just Dance is an annual title and is always shown off at E3. At this point, you’d think they would have just perfected the Just Dance formula and literally are just cycling out the same game with new songs. I don’t think anyone would mind if they didn’t add new features.
I think these games are plenty fun with a big group of friends but I don’t expect anything too interesting or groundbreaking from this year’s version. The biggest surprise would be if this game wasn’t at the event at all.
The Division – Season 2
The Division was a commercial success and seems to be on the map as the next big franchise for Ubisoft. While the game had a shaky launch and issues for the first few months, it recovered well. The Division was the third best-selling game of last year, there is no way Ubisoft is going to let it end so easily.
We have confirmation of a “Season 2” of content for the game which is sure to be more DLC packs to extend the life of the game, obviously. And during the biggest showcase of the year, Ubisoft isn’t going to leave this one off the docket. Expect to get more information on Season 2 as we have a good deal of time to wait until we get information on a sequel.
Ghost Recon Wildlands – New Content
So far, Ghost Recon Wildlands is one of the best-selling games of the year and it did it while launching around some other juggernauts in March. Ubisoft isn’t interested in letting their games release and sit, they have content plans to extend these games for the next year or two and I expect we get a look at what’s to come for Wildlands within the next six months.
For Honor – New Content
For Honor hasn’t had the same success as Ghost Recon Wildlands but launched strong in February. For the same reasons why we’ll see Ghost Recon Wildlands content at the show, we’ll be seeing For Honor content. Even if it’s lagging behind Wildlands in sales, it’s still something Ubisoft is going to squeeze money out of by delivering more content.
And hey, if the Division can launch like it did and still be the third best selling game of last year, I have faith that For Honor’s issues can be fixed. It certainly won’t sell as well, but it’ll be set on the right track sooner than later.
Beyond Good And Evil 2
Beyond Good and Evil 2 is said not to be at this year’s E3, much like the last several years. Although creator, Michel Ancel has said that we’ll see the game sometime this year, finally.
Usually, you can just take these statements for what they are and move on but you can’t help but tap into that E3 Hype Mode and think, “well, why would he say it’s going to be there in case it’s a surprise? He wouldn’t want to ruin that, would he?” But I’m in the frame of thinking that the game, in fact, won’t be at E3.
The Crew 2
We have confirmation that this game is happening. Now we’re just waiting to actually see it. I anticipate we’ll see the first bits of a reveal this year.
The first Crew game launched in 2014, this fall would put us at three years out so it wouldn’t be ridiculous to think this game could possibly launch this fall. Although, I expect a reveal without any release date attached.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
At this point, the unveiling of Assassin’s Creed is imminent and the way it’s going now, it won’t make it all the way to E3 without being outed. And recently we got our clearest look at the new character yet:
So far everyone who is interested in the slightest has probably heard that the game is set in Eygpt and will be a sort of soft reboot for the franchise after getting pretty stale. The team working on the new Assassin’s Creed is the same team who made Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, which is considered the last ‘great’ game in the franchise. Revamping the gameplay, combat, and character progression could really get people back into this series and hopefully the year off from the franchise has done everyone some good.
Assassin’s Creed Origins will be the big showcase of the press conference. I believe we’ll have a substantial reveal with a release date putting the game out in the fall. Expect to see a lot of this game.
Prediction: It’s a little lame to take something that hasn’t been hinted at for a while and say it’s not happening, but I’ll say it anyway. You won’t see a new Prince of Persia game this year. While I do think one is happening somewhere within Ubisoft, I don’t think we’ll see it anytime soon.
Prediction: Again, another game that hasn’t been hinted at, except for once, but I think this is one we’ll see. A new Splinter Cell game will be announced at the end of Ubisoft’s Conference. Like I said at the beginning of the article, Ubisoft loves the, “and one more thing” announcements and this year I think it’s Splinter Cell.
With a title supposedly in development, according to Sam Fisher (Michael Ironside) himself, I think it’s time we revisited this franchise. Splinter Cell: Blacklist came out in 2013 developed by Ubisoft Montreal. Currently, Ubisoft Montreal is working on Far Cry 5 which is just about complete (since the game is on pace for a February release), but Ubisoft has a lot of studios working on a number of different projects. Sometimes even the same projects to help with development.
Splinter Cell is coming back. I don’t think we’ll get our hands on a new game this year but we at least see it for the first time.
Prediction: Ubisoft Toronto shows off their new IP. Ubisoft Toronto has been working on a new Triple-A IP since, at least, July 2015. Two years later I would assume they have something of substance to show us. Get ready for a new IP, we’re seeing this project this year.
Ubisoft has been on a roll lately and I believe they’ll continue this hot streak and deliver some of the best Triple-A games over the next year or two. As it stands now, and from this article, Ubisoft has a stacked conference for us and seemingly there is something here for everyone to get excited about.
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