While the energy and pacing of the show was similar to previous Ubi E3 showings, there was something different about how it was presented, which could be said was due to the lack of a host, but the lack of dead air and 'cringe moments' had a bit to do with it as well. Starting as they usually do, with a dance performance in the style of Just Dance; while it was as weird as it ever was and slightly long in the tooth, it was entertaining regardless. Moving on, with quite a bang; they showed off a new trailer for Beyond Good And Evil 2, which was showed off Jade, from the first game, as an antagonist, with Payj also making an appearance. They also went into more detail about the Space Monkey Program, which is in a partnership with HitRecord, which is a platform for artistic collaborataion, in order to allow their community to contribute to the creation of the game, whether that is assets in the form of art, music, or objects in the actual game itself. If that sounds cool head to hitrecord.org and search for Beyond Good And Evil 2 to start contributing.
After this the community manager for Rainbow 6 Siege, came out, and after a speech teased a documentary highlighting 9 different communities of the game, along with informing about the new content drop 'Operation Para Bellum.' Trials Rising was announced with a trailer, and an entertaining stage presence, a release window of 'February' 2019, with news of sign-up to a closed beta on trialsgame.com, with it being an improved experience to earlier games. Division 2 was shown with a story trailer, and information that the story continues seven months after the end of the last game. Also; it was confirmed that not only will it be possible to play with 8 players, with the addition of raids, but the first year of the game will have three pieces of story content, and will all be free. The endgame progression will be changed as well; three specializations will become available offering new abilities, through selection of a specific weapon, with a release date of 15 March 2019.
Following that there was the reveal of what the Donkey Kong DLC for Mario & Rabbids with a performance by Critical Hit, conducted by Grant Kirkhope, with a release of 26 June. Skull And Bones made a showing with more information. The showing of a hub area, where you can customize your ship, takes place in the Indian Ocean after Pirates were ousted from the Caribbean, factions, weather, and cataclysms will affect how you go about your piracy. Looks like a vastly improved ship-based combat system from Assassins Creed 4, with a release window of 2019. A creepy trailer of Transference, which gave a better idea of what to expect, and will be both VR and able to be played on traditional platforms, with a Fall 2018 release window. Starlink showed off a story trailer, which seemed to make the game look more interesting. The most surprising aspect was the Starfox content which will come to the Switch version, with a Arwing able to be bought with the game, with a 16 October release.
The community manager of For Honor came on stage, after talking about the community, they mentioned a new update 'Marching Fire,' which adds a Chinese faction and a new 4v4 castle siege mode 'Breach,' also on PC, you can download the starter version for free on Uplay, starting today, and through the week of E3. The Crew 2 announced the beginning of the beta on 21 June which you can sign up for and pre-download today, with a 29 June release date. Assassins Creed: Odyssey ended the show with a bang, and revived the waning interest in the series. Takes place during the Peloponessian War, you will be able to select your character; either that male Alexios, and the female Alexandra, no matter who you choose will have the same backstory. There will be choices to be made within conversations, which will change the direction that the story goes in. There are also large battles, and seems as though ship combat is back, with a 5 October release.
With this conference, it seems to be the best show so far. The energy, pacing, and what was shown made it quite the enjoyable show, even the low moments were more enjoyable than a bit of the high moments of the other conferences, hopefully Ubi can keep up with the hype they have created, and make good on the promises of what was shown.
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