Ubisoft has a lot to celebrate this year and it all begins with their 25th anniversary. From Ubisoft’s humble beginnings as a video game publisher back in 1986 to becoming one of the largest video game developers in the world, the company has made a concerted effort to be near the forefront – providing incredible value to its fans. Whether it’s games from their fan favorite franchises or new titles developed for emerging technologies like motion control, Ubisoft always makes sure it has an answer for everything.
This year’s E3 will mark the beginning of Ubisoft’s 25th anniversary celebration and the developer is planning to make this one of their biggest E3 showings yet. To get everyone in the mood for their next quarter century in the business, Ubisoft will be showing off a large library of upcoming games which include titles like Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Rayman Origins, among many more.
For their press conference, beginning at 2:30PM PST on June 6, 2011, Ubisoft has already revealed a great deal of what games will see at this year’s show. The most obvious of all will be Assassin’s Creed Revelations, which has been dominating Ubisoft’s announcements for the last couple of weeks. The game will feature the last chapter in Ezio’s story as he journey’s to Constantinople is search of a purpose to his life. Meanwhile, with Desmond in a coma, players will have their first chance to learn about his backstory – through an animus safe mode called the “Black Room.”
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will be making another E3 appearance this year, hopefully with an announcement about the official release date so that fans can finally exhale their long breaths of anticipation. Long anticipated, this sequel is likely going to be one of the bigger focuses for Ubisoft at this year’s E3, and hopefully with a showing that will put it up near some of the top first person shooters featured at the expo.
Other big Ubisoft franchises like Call of Juarez: The Cartel, Driver San Francisco, and Rayman Origins will also be shown at the conference to cap off the more hardcore end of Ubisoft’s releases this year. Call of Juarez: The Cartel will be taking players back to Jaurez, but with a small twist that should change the feel of the game: it takes place in the present.
Driver San Francisco takes a page out of the Assassin’s Creed handbook by putting the protagonist in a coma during which he relives the events that put him there in the first place. Still sounds crazy no matter how many times I type it.
Rayman Origins will be aiming to bring Rayman back into the 2D space in a big way – with 4-player co-op and a more balanced difficulty than the Rayman side-scrollers of old. Originally slated as just an Xbox Live and PSN title, it was recently revealed to be coming out on the Wii. While it seemed like this shift was going to mean that the game wouldn’t be making its way to the online services, that’s likely not the case as Ubisoft has listed this particular title as part of its HD lineup, HD support of course not being a native feature of the Wii.
In the more casual space Ubisoft will be featuring a number of other titles, including From Dust, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online, and TrackMania 2 Canyon. From Dust is a brand new God game that Ubisoft has created around the concept of shaping the land by controlling sand, water, lava, and vegetation growth – in order to help virtually extinct tribes survive. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online is likely an answer to EA’s Battlefield Play4Free and will be holding a private beta – which gamers can sign up for at ghostrecononline.com. TrackMania 2 Canyon will be bringing yet another entry into the TrackMania series of games – with several new environments and a graphical upgrade for the series.
In the casual end of the spectrum Ubisoft is going to be revealing information for a number of games including The Adventures of Tintin, MotionSports Adrenaline, Rocksmith, and new entries into the Raving Rabbids, Just Dance, and Your Shape series of games. Rocksmith is of particular note as the game allows gamers to plug in any guitar into their game -and use the instrument to play the game. Ubisoft will have a tour bus outside the LA Convention Center where people will get the opportunity to play the first game that addresses the biggest criticism from Rock Band non-believers — that the games don’t teach people to really play music.
Finally, some speculation regarding what Ubisoft may be keeping close to their chest for E3. Ubisoft Toronto has been hard at work on a new Splinter Cell game for quite some time now, and the only bit of news we’ve heard about it is rumor that the name is potentially Splinter Cell Retribution. There’s no concrete evidence to support the Retribution name, but there’s a chance that Ubisoft has been keeping silent about this one so that we can be surprised when it’s reveal at E3 this year.
What Ubisoft titles would you like to see unveiled at the Ubisoft Press Conference?
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- Sony E3 2011 Conference Preview and Confirmed Announcements
- Microsoft E3 2011 Conference Preview and Confirmed Announcements
- Nintendo E3 2011 Conference Preview and Confirmed Announcements
- Electronic Arts E3 2011 Conference Preview and Confirmed Announcements
- Ubisoft E3 2011 Conference Preview and Confirmed Announcements (You are here)
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