Ubisoft’s UbiE3 2019 packed the Orpheum Theatre to capacity with fans, celebrities, and E3 hype. Located in Downtown Los Angeles and opened in 1926, the Orpheum Theatre is no stranger to well-known performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and HIM. Ubisoft not only unveiled anticipated titles for the Watch Dogs and Tom Clancy franchises, but also new IPs such as Gods & Monsters and Roller Champions. Lastly, we got a sneak peek at the Assassin’s Creed Symphony, an upcoming Netflix series titled Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, and details on Ubisoft’s Uplay+ .
If Ubisoft’s goal today was to go straight for our feels, then they got us. Ice-T *clears throat* broke the ice with his hilarious, yet mildly-serious, Rules of Gamer Etiquette which squarely took jabs at toxicity within the video game community. We’d continue further but we genuinely wouldn’t do it justice, so instead, we implore you to find his monologue online. What we will say is that toxicity is a tangible and seemingly common issue within the gaming community that companies such as Ubisoft are actively working to mitigate (do you remember when Blizzard removed the ability to respond to opponents with gg ez in Overwatch? We do).
The Assassin’s Creed Symphony, which is comprised of an 80-piece orchestra, was paired with a montage of the franchise’s various cinematics and gameplay. We cannot describe The Assassin’s Creed Symphony performance in any way other than as a visually striking melody for the geeky soul. If you’re into video game symphonies, or symphonies in general, we’d highly recommend you check them out. The Assassin’s Creed Symphony 2019 tour begins June 29th in Paris, France but will return to Los Angeles November 10th.
Arguably the most positively received announcement was that of Watch Dogs: Legion. Set in an Orwellian version of the city of London, the third Watch Dogs installment is an ambitious addition to the franchise. The game’s creative director, Clint Hocking, revealed that his team has scripted every single NPC in the upcoming game to be playable. Most surprising is that each of these NPCs can permanently die, so choose your future Resistance teammates wisely and don’t forget to use cover and concealment. We’re particular to a whole team of Helen’s, who is one of the playable NPCs found in-game, because who would suspect a sweet granny? Obviously, no one.
Rob McElhenney took the stage to announce that Ubisoft has partnered with the It’s Always Sunny team to create an upcoming Netflix series titled Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. As of right now, details are scarce but the series stars Rob McElhenney as an egotistical creative director for the world’s most popular fictional MMORPG. The show is set to debut on Apple TV+ but an official date has yet to be announced.
Jon Bernthal, most recognized for his roles in The Walking Dead and The Punisher, spoke about his role in Ubisoft’s upcoming tactical shooter, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. Bernthal plays Colonel Cole D. Walker, a disillusioned former Ghost who commands an elite platoon of ex-Ghosts which he refers to as wolves. In essence, Breakpoint pins Ghosts versus Ghosts. If Jon Bernthal isn’t your type, then there’s always Ubisoft’s upcoming Netflix movie based on The Division franchise.
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Ubisoft unveiled its upcoming action-adventure game, Gods & Monsters, which was created by the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey team. Mashing up Greek god vibes with a splash of Nintendo, Gods & Monsters is a deviation from Ubisoft Quebec’s usual style, but it’s a deviation that seemed well received by the audience. Also, Ubisoft introduced us to Roller Champions, which is a free-to-play Lucio-ball-esque multiplayer roller derby style game. The Roller Champions’ alpha testing is available for the next week, so check it out.
Overall, Ubisoft’s #UBIE3 2019 had a healthy mix of familiar titles and fresh ones. Watch Dogs: Legion and Gods & Monsters are our personal favorites for titles to keep your eyes on but Roller Champion seems like a great candidate to induce levels of animosity between friends that may rival Uno. Either way you look at it, there’s something for everyone. Can’t decide? Ubisoft’s Uplay+ for PC will offer these titles and over 100 games for $14.99 at launch in 2020. Torn between Stadia and Uplay+? Well, Ubisoft and Google have partnered up so fingers crossed for a future bundled deal… or a student discount similar to the one offered by Amazon’s Amazon Prime.