Let’s talk about E3 2015! Well, continue talking about it, anyway. Ubisoft, a little-known French company that made some games about guys in hoods, I guess…well, they had a press conference too. They talked about a bunch of games and, perhaps more importantly, they actually played most of those games for the crowd. It’s a nice swerve from the press conference norm of trailer after trailer.
Ubisoft’s headliner was, of course, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. This is the usual sneak-and-stab sim we’ve come to expect on an annual basis, with this iteration taking place in 19th century England and starring a dude with a grappling hook who really wants you to join the Rooks. Seriously, this guy’s obsessive about the Rooks. No gameplay here, though everyone was absolutely encouraged to drop by Ubi’s booth and give it a shot. So if you’re not in LA, catch a ride on over and go rush their booth!
A remastered version of the DS game Trackmania Turbo was demonstrated and looked like a great time. It’s hard not to get excited when a race was shown beginning with a car being dropped from a helicopter onto a sheer vertical racetrack, after all. The usual insane tracks were on hand, filled with the loops, twists and physics-defying insanity that Trackmania’s known for.
One surprise from Ubi’s show was an absolutely captivating trailer for a military shooter showing a squad approaching the capture or assassination of a drug kingpin in a variety of ways. Sniping, stealth and full assault options were all demonstrated. It actually got the blood flowing a bit, and I don’t know if that would have been the case if Ubi had shown the Tom Clancy’s logo earlier in the trailer. Yup, it’s yet another Tom Clancy game – this time it’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, a sort of open-world squad-em-up that looks like it’s taking that franchise in some interesting directions.
Speaking of Tom Clancy, a fantastic gameplay demonstration of the Terrohunt mode from the Rainbow Six: Siege team was one of the better parts of Ubisoft’s conference. Sure, they’ve rehearsed the mission inside and out, but it’s still impressive to see squad-based action pulled off in a manner I could never manage. The fully destructible environments that appear to be a hallmark of this title were on full display as the team made their own doorways and peepholes while on a bomb-disarming mission.
There were a few little tidbits here and there as well. A biggie will be the latest game from Comedy Central’s animated smash South Park, the awesomely-named South Park: The Fractured but Whole (another RPG, from the looks of it). There’s a new Anno game, Anno 2205, which will be set in space; meanwhile, we’re seeing expansions for Trails Fusion and The Crew. The former’s got more levels coming with Awesome Max, while The Crew is getting an expansion called WildRun that adds in more extreme vehicles like monster trucks.
There was one less impressive showing: For Honor, which has an absolutely fantastic trailer that you’d do well to see…and which appears to be something like a MOBA or a Chivalry clone in action. It’s got vikings, knights and samurai battling one another, presumably for honor, and there’s also some sort of bizarre direction-based melee combat system going on. Not really sure what’s up with that. The trailer was super cool. Lots of spinning camera action. I’d buy a melee combat game about a spinning camera.
Ubisoft’s dedication to showing real live games helped make for an interesting conference. At the very least I got a little worked up for a Tom Clancy game, so that’s a first. As always, stay tuned to Popzara for more E3 stuff! At least until I get bored and go check out Hollywood instead. Then no more E3 stuff.