Another day closer to E3 and hopefully by the time this post goes live, Ubisoft hasn’t ruined any of my predictions. But my luck mixed with the industry’s love for Thursday reveals I’m not holding my breath.
I’ve loved a lot of what Ubisoft has done over the last few years and I personally think they’ve been killing it with just about every title they pump out. Even when they have missteps, Ubisoft has shown it can recover and turn lemons into lemonade. Except for For Honor, that was one lemon no one bothered salvaging.
I do anticipate continued success for Ubisoft with their bigger titles but looking at my list I do see some potential duds. One that looks like it’s reusing a ton of old assets and another that is mixing in failed gimmicks. Other than those titles, there are some heavy hitters here that I am very excited for.
The Crew 2
The Crew 2 is releasing shortly after E3 so I don’t expect a ton of new information to pop up but I’m sure we’ll see plenty of gameplay to garner some last minute excitement.
If you’re reading this and can’t contain your hype for The Crew 2, then you can check out our preview video here. It’s a cheap plug but honestly, what else can I put here about this game? (Ed. Note: Maybe our interview and hands-on preview?)
Skull and Bones
First potential dud in my opinion. This is the game where instead of being a pirate and being a badass on the open sea, you’re basically the boat and you hate other boats. You hate them so much. It’s also the game that looks like Ubisoft Singapore found their older siblings super successful school project and liked it so much that they took it to school themselves, gave it a new name and called it original.
Basically, take all the boat and sailing parts from Assassin’s Creed Black Flag and you have Skull and Bones. Which isn’t necessarily bad, I know a ton of people loved those parts of the game (I didn’t care for it at all. Totally shocking for me to hate something everyone else likes, right?) but it feels like I’m being given the same thing again, just less.
I want to see more of it and actually play the game but right now all I have is the first bits Ubisoft showed us at E3 last year. Since then we haven’t seen anything from the project, which, by the way, is scheduled to release this year.
Starlink: Battle For Atlas
Here’s the other dud I was talking about. I should clarify, the dud of this game will come from the optional toys-to-life portion. I’m surprised to see anyone willing to still step into that area after watching so many others lose money on the concept. While the game might be interesting, be ready to see the bags of spaceship pieces hit clearance shelves eight months after release.
Besides the toys-to-life, the game sounds neat. It almost sounds like what you wanted No Man’s Sky to be sans the procedural generation-ness. Freely explore space, visiting different planets that boast unique landscapes, missions, and more plus split-screen multiplayer? Sign me up. Just don’t let the push for the toys confuse the message to casual fans and cause them to avoid the game altogether.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Excited for this game? Good! Move around some stuff in your house near the TV for a PlayStation 5 or Xbox-whatever-the-hell because that’s what you’ll need to play Beyond Good and Evil 2.
We just got new footage of the game a few weeks ago, which could serve as the update for the game and explain a potential absence from Ubisoft’s E3 line-up. But I think we’ll see the game or at least get an updated “roadmap” for the project. But expect some more pre-alpha footage to keep us engaged.
The Division 2
Outside of surprises at the show and my, and everyone else’s, easy prediction for this year’s show, The Division 2 is what I’m looking forward to the most. I loved the first game, even playing it solo I had a blast with it. The Dark Zone remains as some of the tensest moments my friends and I have playing an online game.
I hope The Division 2 is more of that and then some. Honestly, I would just like the same game but in a different location. Just give us a location that hasn’t been used to death.
E3 2018 Battle Royal Game Mode Oversaturation Extravaganza
My money is on Ghost Recon Wildlands getting a battle royal mode. Yeah, it’s not exciting. Yeah, it seems easy. The two things that make up these battle royal modes. Wildlands seems like the most “ready” game to get this type of game mode. It already looks like a super polished Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds.
Splinter Cell is coming back, for real this time. Last year I talked up how I thought everything was pointing to a return of Sam Fisher. That didn’t happen but I never backed off on this game being real and now we have more reason to believe than ever.
Splinter Cell leaked months back via an Amazon listing which you can learn about here and watch me eat hot stuff. Later in the year, Ghost Recon Wildlands introduced a new mission that brought Sam Fisher to the game which allows you to play alongside the famed spy. It’s important to note that Michael Ironside reprised his role as Fisher which he hasn’t done since 2010. So, would Ubisoft bring in Ironside for a one-off DLC for Wildlands? Possibly, but I don’t think that’s likely.
Lastly, to add more fuel to this, the Walmart Canada leak included a new Splinter Cell title for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While the leak has some outliers that I’m unsure about, (one I’ll talk about soon) it did out Rage 2 early.
This is the year, everyone. Splinter Cell is returning and it’ll be the talk of the press conference when it’s revealed. Once that happens, I’ll simply shout and tweet #gagewasright from my silent corner on Twitter while everyone will thank some Walmart leak for being right. I had this last year, people. I was Walmart leaks before it was cool.
Assassin’s Creed will NOT be at Ubisoft’s press conference.
Assassin’s Creed is probably the leakiest title that Ubisoft has. And I don’t mean some articles popping up here and there about potential titles. I mean full screenshots, gameplay changes and details, merchandise and more.
So far for the next Assassin’s Creed game, all we have are some small rumblings about the game possibly being in Greece and that famed Walmart Canada leak. Considering the series’ history, that’s pretty good as far as “leaks” go if it is true.
Of course, Assassin’s Creed is being worked on in some fashion, I just don’t think we’re set to see it at this year’s E3.
Ubisoft will show off a timed exclusive for Nintendo Switch. This is a shot in the dark but after the success and partnership of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, I can see Ubisoft keeping a strong partnership. Especially since the Switch is doing very well, unlike their exclusive attempt with Rayman Legends and Zombi U on Wii U.
Watch Dogs 3 is teased. Watch Dog 2 was a big step forward for the franchise and while it didn’t have the strongest sales, Ubisoft is committed to the franchise. I don’t think this tease will include gameplay or really anything that will resemble a “game.” But it will be enough for us to know that Watch Dogs 3 is coming.
I’m ready to see what Ubisoft has for us this year and I expect to see some big announcement or tease from them ahead of E3 as publishers like to get out ahead of the overcrowded news week. Really I’d just like to know what games I can expect to release this year that aren’t named Skull and Bones.
There are more E3 previews hitting next week, make sure to bookmark our E3 2018 hub so you don’t miss out on any of our coverage. It’ll be fun, I promise.
E3 Preview Schedule:
- May 22: EA
- May 24: Xbox
- May 29: Playstation
- May 31: Nintendo
- June 5: Third Parties