Ubisoft has a lot of projects in the works, but which ones will appear at E3 2019? Let’s recon the potential line-up.
With E3 2019 less than a month away, there’s plenty for us to get excited about! Ubisoft’s E3 2019 press conference is always a spectacle, with wild celebrity guests, great video game reveals and plenty of lasting hype. Let’s take a look at my predictions for what Ubisoft has in store for us at E3 this year!
E3 2019: Ubisoft Predictions
- Skull and Bones gets a (small) reveal
- Beyond Good and Evil 2 gets a beta announcement
- Ghost Recon: Breakpoint PVP, raid details
- Watch Dogs 3 gets revealed
- Just Dance shows up in a big way
- Assassin’s Creed goes full Viking
- Splinter Cell: a new challenger appears
Skull and Bones gets a (small) reveal
I know, I know—Ubisoft announced five days ago that Skull and Bones (PS4, Xbox One) won’t appear at E3, but I’m still hopeful we’ll get an update on the pirate naval battling game. It made a splash at both E3 2017 and E3 2018, with gorgeous cinematic visuals, impressive-looking naval combat and a beautiful blend of realistic action and pirate lore. Sea of Thieves has made it clear that an audience for open sea piracy games exists, and Ubisoft will be looking to capture this fan interest two years after first announcing Skull and Bones. Ubisoft Singapore has remained fairly quiet regarding the game ever since the cinematic trailers, so hopefully something is brewing, even if it’s behind closed doors. Ubisoft loves surprising us at E3, so anything is possible!
Beyond Good and Evil 2 gets a beta announcement
The sheer scope and scale of Beyond Good and Evil 2 is staggering, so it’s no surprise that director Michel Ancel from Ubisoft Montpellier wants a beta for the game in late 2019. E3 2018 brought a gorgeous cinematic trailer and the revelation that the long-awaited prequel would be an ambitious, RPG-oriented open world experience. I think Beyond Good and Evil 2 is still a long ways away from release, but Ancel’s promised beta announcement should be on the menu for E3 2019.
Ghost Recon: Breakpoint gets PVP, raid details
Ghost Recon: Breakpoint (PS4, Xbox One) is a natural evolution to the gameplay formula that Wildlands introduced, adding items like prone camouflage, a survival system and raids. When I spoke with creative director Eric Couzian earlier this month, he wasn’t ready to show all of his cards regarding raids and PVP functionality just yet, but I think E3 2019 will be the perfect time to do so. With the Jon Bernthal-powered game due out on October 4, 2019, I believe you’ll get a great look into PVP, raids and most of what Breakpoint brings to the table during Ubisoft’s E3 2019 presentation. In addition to the regular edition, you can also nab the Gold Steelbook edition (PS4, Xbox One).
Watch Dogs 3 gets revealed
The third entrant to Ubisoft Montreal’s hacktivist action-adventure series has been oft-speculated, with the developer itself teasing the existence of Watch Dogs 3 via the Ubisoft Club mobile application almost a year ago. The ending of Watch Dogs 2 pointed to London as the next setting for Watch Dogs 3, setting up the studio for a trilogy that you, I and every Watch Dog fan knows will get here eventually. If we don’t get a chance to break into Wembley or get a glimpse of Buckingham Palace in Watch Dogs 3, colour me very surprised.
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Just Dance shows up in a big way
Every year, Ubisoft somehow manages to one-up its previous Just Dance reveal with an even zanier live performance. Sure, the Just Dance announcement themselves are expected, but how Ubisoft makes the reveal is half the fun. I think you can expect more live action panda, a dash of Cardi B and a colourful performance to introduce the first Just Dance of the 2020’s decade.
Assassin’s Creed goes full Viking
Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot has already confirmed that the Assassin’s Creed franchise will be skipping 2019, marking the second time the series has skipped an annual release. Still, it doesn’t mean that Ubisoft has to be completely quiet regarding its next Assassin’s Creed title, even if Odyssey is covering the rest of 2019 with post-launch content.
In fact, it appears Ubisoft may have already left a big hint for us in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, as players who trek into the Potomac Event Center will see a Viking poster with the text “Valhalla”, with a Nordic figure holding what appears to be an Apple of Eden. If that isn’t a hint at the franchise’s next direction, I don’t know what is. If Ubisoft is ready, E3 2019 would be a great time to build up early hype and speculation for a bold new Norse setting—if it really exists.
Splinter Cell: A new challenger appears
Some of us think that Splinter Cell might make an appearance during the Xbox press conference, but I’m going to go a step further: Ubisoft and Nintendo’s partnership is growing quite close, with Shigeru Miyamoto showing up at two Ubisoft conferences in a row now. So, what if Sam Fisher becomes a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character?
Okay, hear me out. By this point, Ubisoft must be aware that fans are ravenous for a return to Splinter Cell. It’d be a wild move, akin to when the likes of Solid Snake or Cloud Strife joined the Smash Bros. series and, in both those occasions, we, the fans, went wild. Sam Fisher appearing as a challenger in Smash Bros. would go down as one of the most shocking E3 2019 moments, and it would make both Ubisoft and Nintendo the talk of the town.
That being said, any kind of Splinter Cell announcement at E3 2019 would be incredible. I’ll take what I can get.
Each year, Ubisoft wows its audience with an entertaining show. From live-action performances to unexpected reveals, the company really keeps us guessing—and that’s part of the E3 magic.
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