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France's Ubisoft has a packed slate on deck for its E3 press conference. Expect to see previews of Watch Dogs 2, For Honor, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
And while the company confirmed earlier that there will not be a new Assassin's Creed game in 2016, that doesn't mean that it's impossible to see a glimpse of the next game in the series, even if it's coming in 2017 or beyond.
With the press conference about to kick off, we'll be updating live as the new unfolds.
The main theme is 'Ubi 30', as it's Ubisoft's 30th birthday this year. So we're of course kicking off with a dance number to a Queen song. Aisha Tyler is hosting once more, her fifth time.
(P.S.: If you're a fan of camera operators, you'll love my photos from the conference.)
Ghost Recon Wildlands is the first game of the show, with a cinematic trailer. This announced at the end of last year's conference. We're now getting a short lesson on the coca leaf as a set up for the games premise: That a Mexican drug cartel has taken over the entire country of Bolivia and turned it into a drug lab. Being a Tom Clancy game, you're some badass military guys. It's the largest open-world action adventure game that Ubisoft has produced.
Getting a co-op gameplay video now, a group of people working to take down one of the cartel head honchos. Lots stealth gameplay and a rather cute little automated drone. It's out March 7, 2017, for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
South Park: The Fractured, But Whole is up next, with Trey Parker and Matt Stone hitting the stage (Ubisoft has definitely won the award for the most f-bombs...). We're now getting some character creation gameplay: It's a superhero spoof game, if you weren't aware. The combat has been revamped since the Stick of Truth, the first South Park game. It's coming out on December 6. The trailer is hilarious, riffing on Marvel, DC Comics and JJ Abrams.
Time for The Division, which we saw a little of at Xbox this morning. Underground is the new expansion, set mostly underneath New York. It's June 28 for Xbox One and PC and August 2 for PS4. The next expansion is Survival, a new style of gameplay with more of a focus on resource scrounging.
VR time, with a PVP demo of Eagleflight with help from, of all people, Palmer Luckey. It's basically capture the flag with eagles.
More VR as Ubisoft talks Star Trek: Bridge Crew, which The demo video has at least three different Star Trek actors playing the game. Ubisoft has confirmed that it takes place in the JJ Abrams world. LeVar Burton on stage now.. Up to four players on a VR starship bridge.
VR over and now we're on to another look at For Honor, which is vikings vs. knights vs. samurai because why not. Last year was the multiplayer look, but now we're talking campaign mode. Looks like we'll get a gameplay look from the viking perspective.
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