This long-winded unofficial E3 season is hitting the final stretch this coming Sunday (12th July) with Ubisoft Forward – a digital event which promises to showcase up-and-coming Ubi titles. We already have a number of titles confirmed to be at this event: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion and the recently announced battle royale shooter Hyper Scape, whilst updates will also be provided on live service games such as The Division 2 and Ghost Recon Breakpoint. A few surprises have been promised though, so let us have a go at guessing them, shall we?
A good bet for this show is Far Cry 6 or whatever it ends up being called. Far Cry: New Dawn released in early 2019, with its predecessor releasing exactly a year before. If the game was to release in early 2021, it would be two years between games a similar release pattern previous games have taken. Rumours have suggested the game will go back to its roots as such and return to a more ‘exotic’ location, with Far Cry 5 taking place in North America. Giancarlo Esposito, best known for playing Gus Fring in Breaking Bad, is rumoured to play the main antagonist in the game.
So it wouldn’t be an Ubisoft press conference without fans asking, “So, where’s Splinter Cell“? Well, I think this year is unfortunately not going to be the year. Reports as early as last year said that a new Splinter Cell was not even in production, so even if one has begun production since then, it would still be far too early for a reveal. The most we will probably see from Splinter Cell is a mobile game, which is hugely disappointing. On a more positive note, I do believe that Sam Fisher will return one day and I’m sure it will be worth the wait. Ubisoft, we are waiting!
Other dormant titles such as Prince of Persia and Rayman I can’t see returning; however, we could see appearances in existing titles such as For Honor and Ubisoft’s mobile games.
Nintendo and Ubisoft have had a strong relationship for many years. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle released in 2017 and despite a poor first reception, it was, for the most part, liked by fans. It would be great on Sunday for Ubisoft to announce a Nintendo Switch exclusive. I could certainly see a sequel to Mario + Rabbids being revealed. It has been three years since the original, which is what you would think is certainly enough time to develop a sequel, and with Nintendo’s content looking a little light this year, it would be the perfect time for Mario and the Rabbids to return.
As for other things we could see, I would love for Ubisoft to announce a new IP. For some reason, though, I can not see this happening. Ubisoft will likely already have a packed show, even if with just some of my predictions come true, and with many of its IP’s such as Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry performing well in recent years, I can’t see Ubisoft taking the risk a new IP brings.
So what about the already announced games?
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion have already been confirmed to be at Ubisoft Forward with them both to be expected to release later this year. However, there are multiple titles announced by Ubisoft that do not have release dates. These are Rainbow Six Quarantine, Gods & Monsters (both expected to have name changes), Beyond Good & Evil 2 and Skull n Bones.
Rainbow Six Quarantine and Gods & Monsters, as they are known currently, are tentatively aimed to release before April 2021, with one likely coming later this year. Ubisoft has already confirmed that new ‘Gods & Monsters’ information will come this summer, but not necessarily at Ubisoft Forward. With the game looking very similar in style to Breath of the Wild, it would make sense for Ubisoft to team up with Nintendo and re-reveal the game at a Nintendo Direct to specifically target the Nintendo fanbase. We know very little about Rainbow Six Quarantine so far, and with its current name, will likely give us all a bit of deja-vu!
As for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion, we will likely get extended gameplay footage for both. The press has had the chance to play both games for multiple hours this week, with 30 minutes of gameplay footage leaking for Valhalla and images for Watch Dogs: Legion. Typical Ubisoft, eh?
Massive (the studio behind The Division) was confirmed to be working on an Avatar game in early 2017, and with Avatar 2 coming in 2021, it would be the perfect time to show off gameplay.
Hyper Scape was just announced by Ubisoft, with the technical test on PC ending recently. In a recent tweet, the official Hyper Scape Twitter account confirmed more details would be revealed at Ubisoft Forward. In my opinion, I think the game will be available to download straight after the event in a similar style EA did with Apex Legends back in 2018.
The Hyper Scape Technical Test may be over, but we'll have more to share very soon.
See you at Ubisoft Forward. https://t.co/VAmNWMtFvC
— Hyper Scape (@HyperScapeGame) July 8, 2020
We are set for a good show
Ubisoft Forward is looking to be a jam-packed show this coming Sunday. Well-established franchises such as Assassin’s Creed will be there, and with a few surprises, Ubisoft might be back on track after a disappointing 2019.
What are you hoping to see from Ubisoft Forward? Let us know in the comments below.