It’s that time of year again! With E3 2016 breathing down our necks, I figured now is a great time to take a look at some of my predictions for this year’s show. As usual, I’ve broken my picks down into three categories: sure things, 50/50 chances, and the very New England-esque “wicked longshots” which is my stereotypical way of saying this probably won’t happen but I’d love it to.
Without further adieu, here are my picks for Ubisoft.
To me, Ubisoft has been pretty strong these past couple of years, stripping away the flash and filler content to instead let the games speak for themselves. I don’t see the French company deviating too far from that plan this year either and fans should have plenty to be pretty excited about with the games they show off this year.
Yes, previously announced titles like For Honor and Ghost Recon will undoubtedly be there, but will we see the return of The Prince or hear from the Assassin’s Guild? Will the new Watch_Dogs be centered on the west coast? These questions and more after the jump!
For Honor – A surprise announcement at Ubisoft’s show last year, expect even more details to be revealed about the game this time around. Considering we saw a battle between Samurai and Knights take place this year, I’d be surprised if the Viking faction didn’t get the spotlight in some way. I’d also like to see a 2016 release date for this one, but with a number of other games from Ubisoft arriving later this year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see an early 2017 date either.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole – Another surprise announcement last year, I’d be surprised if this one didn’t get more time to shine on stage. I’d imagine gameplay and a release date wouldn’t be out of the ordinary. Also, if you don’t get the title, read it faster and it should make sense after a few tries.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands – The “one more thing” game from last year’s show, you should absolutely expect a bigger presentation for the game. I’m talking a CG trailer filling in some of the backstory, and a live demonstration of either an in game mission or open world activities. I’m fairly sure this one is penciled in for late 2016, so it’s going to be one of Ubisoft’s cornerstone titles considering Assassin’s Creed won’t be around this year. As such, expect a good chunk of stage time devoted to Wildlands.
Watch_Dogs 2 – For a game that hasn’t been announced, I feel like a lot has already come out about it. I can’t recall if they’re simply rumors, information gathered from earnings calls, or a blend of the two, but this is a game you shoudl absolutely expect to see at the show. If rumors are true, Aiden Pearce is out as the lead character, replaced by another male lead with some hipster glasses and the trademark hat and face mask. Though unconfirmed, the game is said to be moving from Chicago to San Francisco, so there will be plenty more to see and hack this time around. Don’t be surprised if this is the “one more thing” game to be revealed at the end of the show.
Assassin’s Creed – I know Ubisoft said the series is taking a year off, but I can’t help but feel that the company at least won’t tease oput what they’re working on for next year. Sure it may be too soon and Ubisoft has a habit of revealing the game in full half a year before it’s scheduled for release, so it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see them go the entire show without talking about Assassin’s Creed. And that’s something I never expected to be writing.
The Division DLC tease – The start was so bright for The Division. A massively successful beta period and first month was met by an onslaught of glitches, bugs, and exploits which have hampered the experience since. Since the first two free content updates will have come and gone by the time E3 2016 kicks off, I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least a trailer for the upcoming expansions and perhaps some sort of acknowledgement about the recent troubles the game had been experiencing. I would also guess that some sort of loyalty reward would be mentioned, but that seems to be something the team has been doing anyway with crafting materials and in-game credits.
Some sort of downloadable title – Okay, yes, this one is a little general, so let me try to clarify what I mean. I’m expecting to see something from the various teams that put out those excellent smaller titles like Valiant Hearts and Child of Light. I don’t know what it would be, but something from either team would be awesome, especially in the UbiFramework engine.
Prince of Persia – I had trouble placing this one on this list. Personally, I’d love to see a new entry in the series, but I’m starting to think this franchise is heading down the same path as Beyond Good & Evil 2. You know, one of those franchises that gets rumors and teases every year but nothing ever comes from it. With Assassin’s Creed sitting out this year, now would be a perfect time to reintroduce the franchise as a nice “one more thing” surprise at the end of the show. I know the quality levels have dipped a bit after that disappointing Forgotten Sands game back in 2010, but with new hardware to tap into, I say why not? Also, Ubisoft, please return to the excellent 2007 version at some point as well. Thanks.
Splinter Cell – I’m an admitted Splinter Cell fanboy so of course I’d love to see the next entry for Sam Fisher and his Fourth Echelon crew. While I’d LOVE a new entry in the franchise, (especially from my friends in the Toronto studio), I’d be equally as happy with a remastered version of Blacklist for the current generation. Bring back Fisher!
Alternative Far Cry – I’m not expecting a brand new Far Cry game, especially since they just released “Primal” earlier this year. Still, I’d love to see another attempt at a Blood Dragon style game in the series. Something smaller and completely out of left field, similar to what Blood Dragon did. I absolutely loved the aesthetic, style, and humor in that game and to get either a sequel or another take on it in a similar manor would be so awesome.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 – Is this year, the year?