updated 08:47 pm EDT, Mon June 9, 2014
Event covered Just Dance, Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed: Unity and The Crew
Ubisoft filled the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles today for their press briefing at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Aisha Tyler hosted the event for the third time, as the company covered some of its soon-to-be-released games, as well as some others that are in the works. Big news came from the company, as it announced the release of a new Rainbow Six game, titled Rainbow Six: Siege.
The media event started with the first five minutes of footage from Far Cry 4. The game starts off in the mountains, as the player is trying to cross a border on a bus. The scene goes wrong quickly, resulting in the person pictured in the teaser images showing up via helicopter. After chastising the soldiers, as well as showing off some of his craziness, players get a look at the protagonist, as he is captured in a photograph with the villain. Executive producer Dan Hay came on stage, announcing that more news would be coming on the new Far Cry title later in the week. The game will be released on November 18 in the US.
Another Just Dance title was shown, bringing with it more community-based features. The game will have a community remix feature that enables users to upload performances and have them ranked by others online. The game has been tagged as bringing "power to the community." To date, Just Dance has seen 100 million players interact with it.
On top of Just Dance 2015, a new product called Just Dance Now will be released for use with mobile devices and Internet-ready televisions. Once the free app is downloaded and users visit the website, the phone then will connect to the TV. Executive producer Jason Altman emphasized that the service will use the smartphone as the controller. A press release from Ubisoft stated the app would be available for iOS and Android, using a technology the company developed called "Ubi Bluestar." According to Altman, the technology is latency-free. The technology was put on display in a group dance off during the event.
In perhaps the darkest look at The Division so far, Ubisoft gave some background information on how New York crumbled after Black Friday virus attack in the fictional world. The trailer tells of a family falling apart after their daughter contracts the virus, to paint a picture of how desperate people have become. Instead of people living without consequence, the story puts emphasis on the player being an elite citizen that is trying to reclaim the city. However, for every good action, a battle is seemingly waiting around the corner. No new footage or details on the systems of the game were presented.
New information on The Crew was gone over, including the community involvement on the title. Creative director Julian Gerighty took to the stage to talk about the improvements that have been made in the game, thanks to feedback and participation in the Route 909 program. A new trailer was shown, consisting of accelerated footage of a coast to coast race in the game as part of a real-time, two-hour-long mission in the game. The game is set to release on Playstation 4, PC and Xbox One. Closed beta opens on June 23, with a release scheduled for November 11. During the after show, Gerighty confirmed that the game would only have one dedicated server for each platform.
Assassin's Creed: Unity started off with a new trailer, showing some of the atmosphere players would be a part of during the French Revolution setting. A group of four assassins, including the main assassin Arno Dorian, take to the streets to help the citizens in their revolt. Some new gameplay was gone over, showing off the "systemic open-world," which has been changed for the game. Players can run across events that make them save the citizens from execution, capture thieves, solve murder mysteries, fight with guards or crouch and sneak their way to information on assassination targets. While it has a similar feel, technology upgrades have allowed further rendering, permitting details to be seen in the streets from high rooftops. The game is set to release October 28.
A new brand of fitness that turns working out into a game was brought to the stage called Shape Up. The game looks to motivate players by turning various exercises into games, like sprinting on the roof of a train or punching asteroids. Through a partnership with Microsoft, the game appears to make extensive use of the Kinect. Recorded movements and images are used to pit the player compete against copies of themselves. "Your workout will finally become an epic game," said Creative Director Charles Huteau.
Taking a new direction in World War I-based games, Ubisoft played a new trailer for Valiant Hearts: The Great War. The game uses puzzle and story elements as the key parts of the game, rather than focusing on shooting and trench warfare. The title will tell the emotional journey of four characters, and a dog that connects their stories. The game uses the Ubiart framework, which was recently used for Child of Light. Expected release of Valiant Hearts is June 25.
CEO Yves Guillemot took to the stage after the Valiant Hearts presentation to share a word with the company's supporters. "I would like to say thank you to all of the fans," said Guillemot. He congratulated the people working on the games shown before announcing one last game presentation and quickly exiting the stage.
Holding out to the very end of the footage to close the E3 media briefing, the game was revealed to be a new installment in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six series. As the first game in the series in six years, Rainbow Six: Siege is a new take on the squad-based game. The game was built from the ground up as sort of a soft reboot, keeping some of the simulation feel of older titles. The footage shows a hostage rescue situation where criminals have set up traps all over the house. The opposing team then has to breach the building and make it out alive with the hostage before the timer expires. Cover mechanics are used heavily, as are improvised tactics, including breaching through a floor to get to the opposing players. Rainbow Six: Siege is expected to be released in 2015.