The Ubisoft Forward event just happened! As is the case with a host of other video game companies, Ubisoft was unable to deliver its usual E3 presentation this year, due to concerns over COVID-19.
As a result, the show eventually got called off. Which, in turn, lead companies down the route of virtual events broadcast live across the globe.
Sunday, just gone, Ubisoft hosted its digital event entitled “Ubisoft Forward,” which showed off some of the upcoming games players can expect from the company.
Now that the event has drawn to a close, what better time to analyze the main takeaways and talking points. After reading, you will be privy to all the essential points from the show.
So please sit back and enjoy the Ubisoft Forward Event on us. Or at least, the absolute best bits.
Ubisoft Forward Event: Far Cry 6
Following a short tease on Friday, Ubisoft officially declared its sixth installment in the Far Cry franchise a reality. Set on the tropical island of Yara, the massively popular series has gained notoriety for its strong villainous cast, ever since Far Cry 3.
And none come more renowned than Giancarlo Esposito, whom you may recognize from Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad. Antagonists play a significant role in Far Cry games. So, the screen presence and acting pedigree are bound to bring plenty of realism to the party.
Ubisoft says Far Cry 6 will release February 18th, 2021, for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, and the cloud gaming service Google Stadia.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Gets a Release Date
Secondly, we have Ubisoft’s next, Norse-themed Assassin’s Creed game, Valhalla. We first caught a glimpse of the upcoming game back in April. But now, players have a definitive release date to salivate over.
The game will hit shelves worldwide on November 17th, for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia.
Alongside the announcement was an all-new trailer. And one which showcased some mouth-watering gameplay footage. What grabbed my gaze was the use of Viking longships, as you raid the rugged English coastline. While laying waste to settlements and looting resources, you can also build your base of operations. And seemingly make alliances with other clans.
According to Ubisoft, Valhalla will offer, “the largest variety of enemies ever assembled in an Assassin’s Creed game.”
We are equally excited to get hands-on here. All the signs suggest this is going to be a great game come launch. Fingers crossed Ubisoft do deliver the goods. But early on, it shows plenty of promise.
To finish, Ubisoft did declare that the game would be “coming soon” to next-gen consoles. Keep all eyes peeled for any info on that front. As and when a specific date surfaces, you guys will be the first to know.
During the show, Ubisoft also announced its brand-new battle-royale game, Hyper Scape. A future shooter, which as of yesterday, went open beta. Free to play for all PC players, Hyper Scape strikes me as comparatively alike Apex Legends, with an art-style, not far-off Overwatch.
I do like the inclusion of “hacks” that allow for teleportation, leading to increased traversal opportunities, among other abilities. And the unique option to manipulate gravity. That sounds cool.
There is a real market for battle royale games as of now. So maybe Hyper Scape will do well. Of course, only time will tell.
Ubisoft Forward Event Verdict
For me, the main takeaway from the Ubisoft Forward event is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which looks incredible. Both graphically and gameplaywise. It is also great to get a release window for Watch Dogs: Legion, which hits stores on October 29th.
I am unsure what the future will hold for Ubisoft, but there is cause for optimism. At least in terms of their line-up of future games.
What did you make of the Ubisoft Forward Event? Did they stand up and showcase a solid spectacle? Or where you left uninspired for Ubisoft’s future? As always, we welcome your comments.
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