The summer of events and announcements rolls on! Without E3 this year, companies have had to get a bit creative and I for one am enjoying having all these reveals spread out over the course of the summer rather than jam packed inside 5-6 days. Today we’re setting down some predictions for Ubisoft’s not E3 event taking place this coming Sunday, July 12.
Similar to EA, I feel like we already know a lot of what Ubisoft is going to show off. However, there’s still enough ambiguity there where I do believe we’re going to get a surprise or two. I mean, we know they’re well known for their “One More Thing” style announcements.
So without further adieu, here are my totally not-E3 2020 predictions for Ubisoft. Enjoy.
The Usual Suspects
Right off the bat, let’s just call out these games which will absolutely be featured during the event:
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Watch Dogs Legion
- Hyper Scape
- Roller Champions
Okay, so yes, Ubisoft put out a teaser trailer showing these games so this one is kind of a no brainer. HOWEVER, these are games that have previously been announced and have been well known for a while, just without a specific release date. Expect that to change.
Valhalla still owes us some actual gameplay, which I do believe we’ll be getting this time.
Watch Dogs Legion got delayed into oblivion, originally having a March 2020 release date. I can’t see Legion launching around Valhalla due to concerns over cannibalizing sales so I’m expecting a late summer (August/Sept) launch or possibly an early 2021 date with a next gen port version.
As for Assassin’s Creed, my guess is that if they don’t all launch together, the current gen version of Valhalla is arriving at the end of October as usual, with the next gen versions being ready for the console launches.
Hyper Scape was announced a few weeks ago so expect more details about the game with a possible launch reveal. Roller Champions has gone quiet for a while but I’d expect launch news and possible gameplay showing off new maps or modes.
Okay, with the easy stuff out of the way, what else is next?
Going Beyond Good and Evil Again
Ubisoft, it’s time. Fans demand more information about Beyond Good & Evil 2 seeing as it’s been in development for what feels like a decade. I’d imagine this has always been positioned as a next gen title and with both systems now out in the open, perhaps Ubisoft will confirm it.
I’m expecting to see gameplay from a new build of the game and hopefully a release window. If I had to guess? 2021.
Far Cry 6, another terribly kept secret will make its debut. I really don’t know what to expect but rumors have been indicating a return to a tropical settings. I’ve heard wild theories that Vaas from Far Cry 3 could be coming back and that Giancarlo Esposito could also be making his video game debut as a major villain.
While I liked Far Cry 5 more than I thought I would, I do hope Ubisoft is able to somehow mix up the gameplay formula which has basically been kept in place since FC3. Take over a landmass zone by zone by doing various tasks (enemy strongholds, climbing towers, etc etc). It’s fine but it’s getting a bit stale IMO.
We’ll probably get DLC/Update news for existing games like Ghost Recon Breakpoint, The Division 2, Just Dance 2020, and Rainbow Six Siege. Nothing major, just small updates.
Actually, I’m being told these are going to be showcased prior to the main show. Save time for bigger things, cool!
I Hope but Don’t Expect
Ubisoft is always good for a surprise or two so guessing this part is especially difficult. I desperately want a new Splinter Cell and Ubisoft always takes questions about this franchise after every E3. I’m keeping my expectations low but considering how much Sam Fisher has been used as a guest star in other Ubisoft games, it has to be his turn sooner or later, right? It’s been seven years!
While we’re on franchises that we haven’t seen in a while, I’d love another Rayman game. Both Origins and Legends were outstanding and I’m itching for another side scrolling platformer from this franchise.
Umm, where is Skull and Bones? Probably not at this conference.
Let’s see, there’s also Rainbow Six Quarantine and Gods & Monsters as well. Quarantine was delayed alongside WD: Legion so I’d imagine that one may miss as well. Gods & Monsters could be interesting, especially with another year of development time under its belt.
The end of 2020 is starting to get a bit full with Ubisoft releases so I can’t imagine any of these games above will be making a surprise launch this year if they are shown.
So yeah, that’s my list but what’s yours? Anything you’re hoping or expecting to see on Sunday? Let me know in the comments below.