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Our totally unbiased Ubisoft Forward 2020 highlights

Dammit I really want Watch Dogs: Legion

Welcome, welcome. Ubisoft Forward is now done, and I am here to give you a recap on the main games you’ll want to know about. Here are your Ubisoft Forward highlights!

Starting with Watch Dogs: Legion, Ubisoft showed off this badass cinematic.

Watch Dogs: Legion - Tipping Point Cinematic Trailer

I know this isn’t gameplay footage, but I’m gonna assume it’s at least slightly indicative of the game. The game is continuing the theme of spreading your message, and everyone is ripe for recruitment. It looks like there will be a main gathering hub in a dilapidated pub -- similar to Watch Dogs 2’s Hackerspace. The cinematic made it seem like there will be one main character surrounded by recruited minions.

Everything is expanded on

Watch Dogs: Legion has you profile, do favors for, and then recruit new characters -- with allegedly any and every character up for recruitment. Any character can be included in the campaign, with the player choosing the best one for the job.

It seems as if you can have some Hitman-style infiltration going on, depending on who you choose. Many, if not every character will have their own signature abilities and weapons. And as the player, you have all of them at your disposal to use against the villains of this story.

Watch Dogs: Legion - Gameplay Overview Trailer

Albion is the main antagonist, a private military contractor brought in to stop terrorists attacking London. Albion quickly takes over London with an iron fist, which is where Dedsec comes in to stop them. There’s also Mary Kelley. Lovely woman, buuut there’s the slight issue of human trafficking and her leading the biggest crime syndicate in London.

Those two serve as your main antagonists, whom you’ll be working to take down in a series of missions across the city. It seems that you’ll be able to pick and choose what missions you do, and when you do them.

Oh, and by the way Ubisoft -- we all saw what you did, and yes I want to have John Wick in my game. But you guys really hammered it home. You used the same kinds of settings and even the same music from that club scene. My expectations are super high now.

Hyper Scape actually has a story?

It looks like Hyper Scape is potentially getting some kind of campaign in the future. It likely won’t be single-player, but it has left Ubisoft with the option to expand into that territory in future. As it stands, the battle royale element of Neo-Arcadia is only one part of the world. Ubisoft could take this as a chance to include multiplayer-style story elements and missions like Apex Legends.

It looks like in the meantime, we can look forward to new characters, hacks and even a battle pass for the game. Hyper Scape is now in open beta, so get in there!

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla looks GORGEOUS

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla  producer Julien Laferrièr has stated that the team is looking to tell the real story of the Vikings. It’s not just pillaging and destruction: the game will be multifaceted and feature everything from raiding to settlement building. The game will incorporate real Viking tactics and fighting styles -- except for the hidden blade, that is.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set during the Viking invasion of England. You can raid, pillage and destroy settlements in order to establish yourself and line your pockets. Build up your settlement and alliances, then aid your allies in taking back their territory. There are new enemies for you to face, and new weapons to help you take them on. I should mention that you can also dual wield anything now. And they do mean anything, especially shields.

Keeping in stride with previous games, you’ll face off against mythical enemies from Norse mythology. Once you do that, taking down a whole castle really seems like a cakewalk.

Exploration plays a big part, and you will have to hunt and forage to survive and upgrade your gear. At this point I think all the Ubisoft IP’s will eventually merge into one massive game. Come on, just throw a bit of Far Cry in there.

Far Cry 6

Speaking of Far Cry, we have the sixth installment in this ever popular tower climbing RPG. We didn’t get much, other than a glorious cinematic featuring the captivating Giancarlo Esposito in which he’s El Presidente.

Far Cry 6 - Official Reveal Trailer | Ubisoft Forward

We start off strong here, with him handing a grenade to his son Diego, and then promptly pulling the pin. He then tells his son about the state of the nation, and it seems like Diego will be playing a big part in the game. It’s unknown whether he’ll be an ally or a foe. My leading theory is that he’ll take over as the main antagonist part way through the game. This of course would mean something has to happen to the original El Presidente -- but we already know something will anyway.

The popular theory is that this is a Far Cry 3 prequel, and that Diego is actually the insanely popular Vaas Montenegro. Emphasis on the insane part.

I guess we’ll just have to wait for more info. I really want to believe that it’s a prequel, but honestly I can’t see it happening -- I’m really hoping I’m wrong though.

More Ubisoft coming soon

Those were just some of the highlights from the show. If you’re a big fan of Ubisoft, be sure to check out the full stream below.

Ubisoft Forward: Official Livestream - July 2020

And that’s it for this iteration of Ubisoft Forward. There was a lot to unpack in the pre- and post-shows, and I hope you were lucky enough to catch some of the free game codes throughout the stream. There will be another Ubisoft special later in the year, so keep an eye out for more highlights.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated with any and all news, so stay tuned to SQUAD.

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Kevin Dewan

Writer for SQUAD, runs after things a lot. Won't BM you to your face. Okay with losing as long as it's funny.
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