E3 2012: Ubisoft Press Conference
Ubisoft recently showcased several of its new titles for consoles, including the Wii U. While the conference in its entirety didn’t floor anyone, there were plenty of new titles and the announcement of a new IP that caused gamers across E3 to take notice.
Some of the highlights included:
- The conference began with the announcement of Just Dance 4 for multiple consoles. Rapper Flo Rida was on hand to promote the upcoming game and give a mini-performance. The game appeared to play similarly to past titles in the series.
- Rayman Legends was demonstrated on the Wii U. The gameplay appears to be similar to the previous title with the addition of five other players, one of which can use the Wii U GamePad to further manipulate the character and his environment. There was also a demonstration of a rhythm-based platforming stage.
- An Avengers game will also be made for both Wii U and Xbox 360 Kinect. Titled Avengers: Battle for Earth, the CGI trailer showcased several familiar Marvel heroes and villains.
- A montage of Wii U games was shown including a new Rabbids game and Zombi U, a first-person shooter set in the UK that utilizes the GamePad.
- Far Cry 3 was also shown. The series' trademark open world combined with FPS gameplay was also promised but not shown. Instead, the feature focused on the shooting mechanics and a series of tripped out visions of the main character.
- Gameplay for big titles Assassins Creed III and Splinter Cell: Blacklist were shown.
- Splinter Cell still featured the same fast-paced and aggressive approach to taking down enemies that the Microsoft conference demonstrated.
- Assassins Creed III had the main protagonist hunting animals (with a bow no less,) sneaking above enemies in the treetops, and engaging British redcoats in close-quarters combat. The gameplay looked very similar to past titles in the series, only in a new setting.
- ShootMania, the new FPS (without guns), demonstrated its intention as an MLG title, emphasizing speed, competition, and skill.
- The game that stole the show was Ubisoft’s new title Watch Dogs. You play as a hacker who must navigate an open world using your abilities to manipulate the environments to your favor. This includes hacking cellphones, finding information on people, and even disrupting traffic lights to cause accidents. The gameplay looks incredibly polished with the hacking mechanic adding new depth to the typical third-person shooter genre. Watch Dogs will be released on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Giving a much stronger showing than EA, Ubisoft offered enough new franchises, titles, and sequels to make everyone happy. Ubisoft’s lineup and strong selection of titles, support for Wii U, and the faith in new IPs is very promising.