Let’s put it nicely: 2014 was a pretty rough year for Ubisoft. Assassin’s Creed: Unity, the franchise’s first foray into a purely next-gen experience, was hilariously, inexcusably broken. The Crew, Ubisoft’s multiplayer “MMO-Car-PG” ultimately didn’t make much of an impact. Watch Dogs disappointed. Far Cry 4 was – actually, that one was pretty good.
Still, Ubisoft’s got a lot to answer for, and expect this year’s press briefing to be one part hype reel, and one part damage control. As the next entry in the developer’s flagship franchise, it’s obvious that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will show up, but it’ll be interesting to see what form its presentation takes.
Will Ubisoft (and host Aisha Tyler) highlight the game’s newest features – the dual protagonists, the carriage-based combat, the rope launcher – or will the company focus on the fundamentals, like the series’ trademark parkour movement and lush historical settings (Victorian London, this time around) to prove that, with Syndicate, the developers got things right.
Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft’s upcoming squad-based shooter, will show up too. The game is scheduled to come out on October 13, so it must be pretty far along, and it wouldn’t be too surprising if the rumors about an impending beta came true on the E3 stage.
The Division – Ubisoft’s ambitious open-world shooter-RPG hybrid – will also make its third E3 appearance. The game looks better every time fans see it; on the other hand, it’d be nice to know that it’s coming out eventually. The game was recently delayed again – this time, to 2016 – so an actual release date seems iffy, but there could be a beta. Fingers crossed.
There should be some surprises, too. Another Far Cry game’s coming eventually; will E3 2015 be the first time its unveiled? What about Prince of Persia? And what’s up with Michel Ancel and Beyond Good & Evil 2, anyway?