Ubisoft 2016 E3 Press Conference news roundup

Miss Ubisoft’s 2016 E3 press conference? Don’t worry, we got you covered. Here’s every announcement, reveal, and game showcased all in one convenient place.

Just Dance 2017

The show kicked off with an ever-awkward Just Dance 2017 reveal.

Among dancing lions and candy canes, Ubisoft announced that the latest installment in the hit-series will release this October on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and even Nintendo’s NX next year.


Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Up next was Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, which was unveiled at Ubisoft’s E3 conference last year. Following a lengthy demo and trailer, it was revealed that Ghost Recon: Wildlands will ship on March 7, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Other divulged salient details:

  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands is Ubisoft’s largest-ever open-world RPG.
  • The entire game can be completed in single-player, multi-player, co-op, or a mix of them all.


South Park: The Fractured But Whole

The conference then took a turn as Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, took the stage to show off new footage of the South Park: The Fractured But Whole

The game will pick up where the first game, The Stick of Truth, left off. The twist? A “Civil War” premise. Playing as the new kid again, aka douchebag, players will be able to choose among a variety of super hero classes and other customization options.

Further revealed in the new footage (which you can see below), is a revamp of the combat system to allow for new movement options, tactical depth, and of course farting superpowers.

Lastly, it revealed that those who pre-purchase South Park:The Fracture But Whole will be able to get South Park: The Stick of Truth on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One for free right NOW.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole was announced at Ubisoft’s E3 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It releases December 6, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.


The Division

The first Division info to roll out regarded the Underground expansion, which will arrive on Xbox One and PC June 28th and on PS4 August 2nd.

Ubisoft also announced today that all The Division players registered to the Ubisoft Club will receive three special outfits when Underground releases. These outfits will be themed after some of Ubisoft’s other big franchises: Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, and Splinter Cell.  

Lastly, Ubisoft revealed the first teaser trailer for The Division’s Survival expansion. A release date, however, was not announced. Ubisoft said Survival will introduce a “completely new way of the playing the game”.


Eagle Flight

Then there were eagles..

“As an eagle, you soar past iconic landmarks, dive through narrow streets, and engage in heart-pounding aerial dog fights to protect your territory from opponents.”

Coming this fall, Ubisoft showed off a player-versus-player mode, which was essentially capture the flag with flying eagles. You can watch the video below.


Star Trek VR

There’s a Star Trek VR game — no, really — it’s titled Star Trek: Bridge Crew.

A trailer for the game was shown:

In Star Trek: Bridge Crew, players can either play as the captain or engineering and weapon officers. Player avatars for each player can be made, and can be any gender or ethnicity.

The game is set in Abrams’s version of the Star Trek canon.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew is being developed by Red Storm Entertainment and set to release on all three VR headsets: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR, sometime this fall.


For Honor

One of last year’s pleasant surprises, For Honor, took the stage next.

A pair of new trailers (one cinematic, the other a gameplay demo) for the upcoming melee-combat game were released.


Grow Up

A sequel to Ubisoft’s physics-focused platformer Grow Home somehow snuck in next.

Grow Up is being developed by Ubisoft’s Reflections studio, the game will be released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One sometime in August 2016.

The game will feature the return of Grow Home’s protagonist, B.U.D, and will take place across an entire planet.


Trails of the Blood Dragon

Following Grow Up was Ubisoft’s announcement of Trials of the Blood Dragon, which combines the Trials and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

The game once again stars Sergeant Rex “Power” Colt, as well as his wife and children. It’s out TODAY on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.


Watch Dogs 2

Then there was an ungodly amount of Watch Dogs 2

What was shown was an extended, and I mean extended, gameplay video for the sequel.

“Watch the first-ever Watch Dogs 2 gameplay walkthrough, in which Marcus and his Dedsec allies infiltrate the home of a social media mogul. In this mission, Dedsec is looking to expose the CEO of popular social media platform, !NViTE, who is using the citizens’ personal data to engineer a corrupt voting process.”

Watch Dogs 2 is set to release for the PS4, PC, and Xbox One on November 15, 2016.


Steep

Lastly, to conclude the show, Ubisoft showed off a brand new IP titled, Steep. It’s essential Gopro the game, mixed with Red Bull, SSX, Mountain Dew, and extreme sports in general.

Coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC, Steep is being touted as the “first open world game that links open world and sports.” Further it’s a multiplayer-only game  and is said to feature “seamless online” function. The game is being developed by Ubisoft’s Annecy Studio and has been in development for over two and a half years, and originally was nothing more than a mere Ghost Recon: Wildlands demo.

“We could offer something fresh, something new, where navigating the world was at the core of the experience,” he said. “We felt it could bring something really fresh to the gaming environment, something fresh that actually responds to a huge trend you see on YouTube: action sports.”

Steep is slated for a December 2016 release.


Tyler Fischer is an Associate Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.

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