Ubisoft confirmed their presence at E3 2016 and will be hosting their press show on June 13. Many could be the titles announced during this event, but some are more likely to make their appearance on the stage. Here’s what we could be looking forward to:
What Will Definitely Be There:
Watch Dogs 2
If the company’s latest financial report is anything to go by, this new title should see the light of day before April 2017. While we still don’t know much about the game, rumors have it that Ubisoft is working on a new main character; at least according to actor Cort King who uploaded a picture of the character to his personal Instagram account. The actor then decided it was a good idea to make his own account private but the picture is widely available on the internet. Some of the rumors have also been fueled by the fact that, a few months ago, one of the senior programmers allegedly working on the project added Watch Dogs 2 to his LinkedIn portfolio. The story was picked up by several outlets before Ubisoft took the profile down and edited it. Watch Dogs 2 should be set in San Francisco and is one of the most likely titles to be announced at E3.
For Honor was originally showcased at E3 last year and Ubisoft hinted at a possible single-player campaign without really delivering any additional piece of information until now. The company might be saving all of the juicy news for the shiny stage of E3 2016, although For Honor has no official release date and the game didn’t really make it into the news in the last six months. Once again, a title that will almost surely be mentioned during the event.
South Park: The Fractured but Whole
This sequel to 2014 award-winning South Park: The Stick of Truth was also showcased last year at E3 and according to the same financial report in which Watch Dogs 2 is mentioned should be released before the end of March 31, 2017. Ubisoft is likely to share additional information regarding the title and we can expect a new trailer or some gameplay footage to be shown during the event. While no other information on the game seems to be available, Ubisoft‘s official website reports that the game should be released by the end of this year.
A new IP with Strong Digital Live Services
Rumors would have us think that Ubisoft is working on “a completely new IP which will feature strong digital live services”, as this new project is being described in the same financial report we mentioned before. Little is known of this project or its current state, but if the publisher decided to go live and show its creation to the gaming world there is no better place than E3 2016 to be doing so. Whatever it might be, this new game will surely play a huge part in this year’s show.
What Is Likely To Be There:
Far Cry Primal DLC
While it is unlikely that the company’s working on a completely new episode for the Far Cry franchise, the recently released (and only warmly received) Far Cry Primal is yet to get the DLC treatment. It is possible that the company will go for an E3 announcement, although we are unsure whether this will be a simple addition to the current game or a Blood Dragon-style independent adventure featuring laser-shooting dinosaurs and nuclear-powered companions.
2016 seems to be the year of videogames-inspired movies and with the Warcraft Movie getting ready to rack up millions at the box office and the Assassin’s Creed one to see the light of day on December 21st, 2016, it is almost sure that the latter will be making an appearance, albeit a brief one, during this year’s E3 Show. If Ubisoft is already busy working on all of the aforementioned titles, a new installment in the Assassin’s Creed series might be delayed to next year, although we won’t be sure of that until June 13.
What Might Be There:
Just Dance 2017 and Other Projects
When Jason Derulo stepped on stage at E3 last year and the Twitch chat exploded, we all knew we were in for a huge surprise. A few minutes and a live rendition of his famous “Want to Want Me” later, Ubisoft announced Just Dance 2016 to a rather distraught crowd. It is possible that this year will see the return of the title on the stage, along with minor appearances by other games that have already been confirmed or are in the pipeline. Ubisoft might spend some of its time illustrating the upcoming Ghost Recon: Wildlands, perhaps attaching a definitive release date to the various trailers, or indulge in a DLC for TrackMania Turbo. A sequel to the racer The Crew might find its place along the many announcements, although we didn’t really hear anything about it as of yet.
This is just a small example of the many projects Ubisoft might be showcasing or unveiling during E3 2016. To know more, make sure you follow the event on June 13, 2016 at 1 PM PT (8 PM GMT). VPDaily will be, as usual, covering the event and reporting all of the most important announcements and news from the floor at the Los Angeles Convention Center.