While much of the E3 2016 press conference attention is typically focused on Microsoft and Sony’s presentations, Ubisoft always comes to the show with a full deck. As one of the most prolific developers working today, Ubisoft has a slate of games that few studios can rival, and for that reason their Press Conferences are always some of the most jam-packed and exciting presentations.
This year looks to be no different, with plenty of the Ubisoft slate. Yes, Assassin’s Creed is taking a break, but all of Ubisoft’s other major franchises are expected to make an appearance, and some hope that even a few surprises are in store.
On the known quantities front, we already know that Watch Dogs 2, For Honor, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands will be taking center stage at the show. The former were featured in brief teases last year, so they should be more prominent in 2016.
Watch Dogs 2, however, is expected to be Ubisoft’s big-ticket item this year. Up until a few months ago, gamers didn’t even know Watch Dogs 2 was real, but now we know it is both very real and releasing this year. Expect a full stage demo at Ubisoft’s press conference, perhaps as the showstopper.
Ghost Recon Wildlands is of particular interest to Ubisoft fans, with its 4-player co-op open world approach. And For Honor looks to offer something completely unexpected from Ubisoft – a melee brawler featuring knights and samurai and now Vikings.
It also wouldn’t be surprising if Ubisoft spent some time talking about its current franchises, especially Rainbow Six Siege and Tom Clancy’s The Division. For Rainbow Six Siege it’s easy to see a scenario where Ubisoft announces more DLC for its team-based shooter, perhaps some new maps or new Operators.
As far as The Division is concerned, Ubisoft has yet to talk too much about its paid expansion plans, so E3 could see those first teases. If nothing else, Ubisoft could at least acknowledge the popularity of The Division and how it plans to keep fans invested.
But the really exciting part of Ubisoft’s upcoming press conference will be the unknowns. As we mentioned, there is no Assassin’s Creed set to release this year, but that doesn’t mean the development team won’t at least tease the future of its massive franchise.
It also seems like the perfect time to tease a new Splinter Cell game, as the last game released almost three years ago. Unfortunately, there has been no evidence to support the existence of a new Splinter Cell, so that would be a major surprise.
Other franchises that could make an appearance at Ubisoft’s E3 2016 Press Conference include Far Cry, Rayman, and Just Dance, all of which have become regulars at the studio’s shows. Far Cry seems the least likely considering Far Cry Primal just released this year, but we wouldn’t put it past Ubisoft.
Ubisoft’s E3 Press Conference begins at 1pm PT.