Ubisoft made several exciting new announcements around franchise favorites in its first Ubisoft Forward stream. The overall stream was received well with viewers, as fans enjoyed the announcements and have a close affinity with Ubisoft games.
First fans got an in depth look at Watch Dog: Legions in a short film featuring the realistic streets of London. In a world where ordinary people on the street become heroes, and enemies are black market thugs or massive security companies, the unique universe of Watch Dog: Legions looks like a high speed adventure to watch for. Initial reactions to the cinematic trailer and gameplay were neutral as fans felt the game either looked promising or fell short of their expectations when compared to other games.
Also, fans got a look at the epic saga, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, a character driven game exploring the Viking invasion of England. In-game footage showcased a variety of enemies, medieval weapon selection, and combat raids. Reactions from the fans during the stream were neutral as they quickly noticed the sub-par character animations, but noted the interest in exploring the medieval world of Valhalla. This look into 9th Century England will be available November 17, on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia. It will also be Ubisoft’s launch title for the next generation on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Next, Ubisoft showcased a deeper look into their battle royale, Hyper Scape. Set in the future of 2054, a company called Prisma has created a virtual world where a battle royale takes place in the city of Neo Arcadia. Ubisoft’s unique take on the battle royale formula adds speed and verticality, creating a sense of scrambling and seeking action rather than hiding and sneaking, as with other battle royales. Initial reactions from fans were neutral as comparisons were made to other battle royales, but did indicate the unique look and feel as well. Hyper Scape is in open beta now on PC.
In the pre-show event, Ubisoft showcased gameplay and customization options for Trackmania. Developer Nadeo looks to capture the originality of Trackmania back from 2003 and return to its roots. The gameplay focused on the map editor, replayability with friends, and advanced tips from professional players to give a sense of the changes and improvements for new and returning players to the arcade racer. Initial reactions to the showcase were highly positive, as fans have a strong connection to the franchise and enjoy the unique gameplay that Trackmania offers. Trackmania is out now on PC.
Ubisoft’s final announcement of their main showcase was for Far Cry 6, which introduced actor Giancarlo Esposito as Anton Castillo, president of Yara, an island in the Caribbean in the middle of political turmoil and rioting. The setting and story elements of Far Cry 6 are influenced by Cuba in the sense that it is frozen in time due to economic sanctions imposed against its repressive administration. Sentiment stayed above average during this segment of the stream and fans seem excited to see more when Far Cry 6 is available February 2021 on Xbox One and PS4, as well as for the next generation on PS5 and Xbox Series X.