Out of all the major games companies, Ubisoft is the one that has really successfully embraced the “Games as Service” model. While this ongoing support has allowed for some great growth of those game’s communities and kept older games relevant in the gaming space, it has take away some of the fire of these big press conferences.
This year felt especially subdued from the jump when, for the first time in what feels like a decade, they did not open with a super high energy dance number to usher in the latest edition of Just Dance. Instead they opened with the “iconic” music of the Assassins Creed series.
The really big announcement they had for this year was Watch Dogs Legion. A definitely not political game where you recruit any British citizen to the resistance set on taking back London from a post-Brexit authoritarian government. Ok, to be fair they didn’t specifically say the game isn’t political at this event, but this is the company that said that about a game where you shoot domestic terrorists through the streets of Washington DC as a sleeper government agent. Either way the game looks impressive, but I can’t help wondering how many different old lady voices they will have for all the old ladies you could potentially recruit. There simply cannot be 6 million or whatever voice actors doing banter for EVERY mission in London.
Anyway, new stuff is coming to For Honor and Rainbow Six: Siege, a roadmap for the future of The Division 2, and yes, there will be a new Just Dance. The thing that caught my eye was actually Rainbow Six Quarentine, specifically because they were focused on the co-op experience. I know I harped on co-op a bit yesterday at Bethesda, but that was because it is being added into the third game of a series rather than being a franchise designed for it. Point is, this pitch sounds like they want to re-invent the co-op shooter like Left 4 Dead did 11 years ago. I could be very into that.