The long-awaited September Ubisoft Forward shed light on some of Ubisoft’s upcoming titles and updates for existing ones. This article will cover everything we saw at Ubisoft Forward on Sep. 10, and give insight to the future of Ubisoft and their games.
Immortals: Fenyx Rising
We might as well kick it off with the title that most people tuned in to Ubisoft Forward for. Immortals: Fenyx Rising is an action-RPG, blending Assassin Creed Odyssey’s love of mythology with Breath of the Wild’s style. Players will travel around a plane inhabited by monsters, mythological creatures, and gods, looking for a way to stop Typhon from destroying the world. There is a clear danger when this Titan makes his appearance, but the colorful and well-animated world brings contrast to the looming threat.
Fenyx can be customized to the players’ liking, and along the way, they acquire unique weapons, armor, and abilities, gifted to the player by the gods. The game is narrated by Zeus and Prometheus, two true immortals, gazing down on the player as they trek across the sprawling map.
At its core, the game is based on exploration, defeating legendary creatures, and solving puzzles to acquire gear and abilities. The world has a bounty of resources at your disposal to craft new items including potions, weapon upgrades, and cosmetics. Ubisoft also made it clear there is a heavy emphasis on puzzles, and using Fenyx’s abilities in and out of combat to accomplish goals.
A demo of Immortals will be available to Stadia users ahead of the launch on Dec. 3.
Watch Dogs: Legion
It feels as though Watch Dogs: Legion has been in development forever. Ahead of its Oct. 29 release date, Ubisoft showcased an even deeper look at the ambitious title.
For those not familiar with the Watch Dogs series, the IP focuses on completing objectives and missions, using brains instead of brawn to tackle problems. In the first two installments, players took control of a single protagonist, to assist an Anonymous-style hacker organization to deal out justice however you see fit.
The most attractive feature of Watch Dogs: Legion, and one that’s been showcased extensively, is how most people walking the streets can be recruited. Each has their own set of abilities, for better or worse. This time, Watch Dogs is set in military-state London, where the government has taken over and it is up to you to build a ragtag group of operatives to disrupt the system.
Ubisoft is also teaming up with Stormzy, a multi-award-winning UK rapper who has not only topped charts but has also been a vocal political activist and advocate for years.
In things that no one asked for but we got anyways, Aiden Pierce is making his way to Legion via season pass DLC after the game launches. This is the protagonist from the first Watch Dogs title, a bland Caucasian male seeking revenge. Whatever reaction Ubisoft was hoping for by announcing a plain white male protagonist returning to the series fell on deaf ears. For some perspective, Watch Dogs 2’s protagonist Marcus Holloway was an intelligent black man who provided commentary on the real struggles and discriminatory practices in the technology industry and Silicon Valley.
Regardless of the choice of DLC characters, Watch Dogs: Legion looks good and releases on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on Oct. 29, and will be available for Xbox Series X and S on Nov. 10 when Microsoft’s next-gen consoles release.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World The Game The Complete Edition
My personal favorite announcement from the showcase received nothing more than a minute trailer, and that was all it needed. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is one of my favorite movies of all time, and the only musical I will ever watch.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World The Game is an over the top, side-scrolling beat-em-up, filled to the brim with meta jokes and 8-bit inspired music from composers Anamanaguchi.
The game was originally released back in 2010 to digital stores, but was quickly removed after lackluster sales. Now it’s coming back for a 10 year anniversary, complete with Knives Chau and Wallace Wells. No date or platforms were formally revealed, but fans can only assume it will be available on current gen consoles, or via Ubisoft’s Uplay store.
The Crew 2: The Chase Season 1
The Crew 2 is a fun, arcade-style racing game that boasts flexibility in how players get their adrenaline -- and gasoline -- fix.
Going into year three of the game, Ubisoft plans on introducing a new method for releasing content. Year three’s content will be broken down into three seasons, each with two episodes packed with content. Season 1 is titled The Chase, and puts players in the hot seat of a stunt getaway driver, hired by company Motorflix. If James Bond driving is your style, and high-octane action is what you are looking for in a racing game, The Crew 2’s latest expansions bring that.
It is refreshing to see Ubisoft stay dedicated to their racing IP, adding variety in how the game can be played.
Rainbow Six | Rainbow Six: Siege
A month ago, Sam Fisher’s arrival to Rainbow Six: Siege was teased to be on the way in the Operation Shadow Legacy. A lot of fans were hoping for a new Splinter Cell game, but the stealth agent is a perfect addition to R6: Siege, adding two-way cameras and offensive lasers to the title.
The latest update comes with a bevy of changes, but Ubisoft has covered that in a previous video you can watch here. The Operation is officially live, and to celebrate, fans received a special cinematic.
In more exciting news for the tactical-shooter, R6 Siege esports just got a lot more interesting with the addition of the Rainbow Six World Cup, coming Summer 2021. This new global competition will spread the reach of R6 beyond popular teams and expand to 20 countries in search of the best of the best.
Former basketball star Tony Parker was announced as the first ambassador for the R6 World Cup, and the reveal as a whole has the Siege community buzzing.
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake
It has been 17 years since the original Prince of Persia: Sands of Time released, and while this is no remaster, it is set to be an homage to the original breakout game.
Ubisoft Pune is helping with the overhaul, the same studio who helped out with Far Cry 5 and Just Dance. The team is focusing on revitalizing Prince of Persia: Sand of Time, bringing back Yuri Lowenthal to voice the Prince. New actors were brought in for other characters, but all lines of dialogue are being rerecorded and done in motion capture. There isn’t a graphical overhaul being done for the title, but expect combat, movement, and the camera to be reworked to refine the nostalgic experience.
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake will be available on Jan. 21, 2021 on next-gen and current-gen consoles.
Riders Republic is a massive multiplayer biking/snowboarding/skiing/wingsuit game that has players biking off dirt hills into canyons, speeding down snowy slopes, and blasting above a race with rocket-powered wingsuits. The new IP is ambitious, and was clearly built with biking at its core, but welcomes a large audience of extreme sports lovers.
Not much is known about the title except that it will be a persistent online shared world, with riders competing and crossing paths on forest roads, desert canyons, and snow-covered mountains.
For Honor: Resistance
Another title that Ubisoft has done well to cultivate a niche following is For Honor. At a glance, For Honor looks like a medieval PvP fighting game, but a deep combat system and overarching story driven by players’ actions have shaped a living, breathing world.
Now going on four years and 25 million players strong, Ubisoft revealed the next step in the story. The next season will focus on the overthrowing of the Warmongers faction who built up an empire of tyranny last season. This season will bring a new battle pass with free and premium versions on Sep. 17.
Hyper Scape: Turbo Mode
Ubisoft’s cracked battle royale is ramping up with a new mode coming Sep. 15. The turbo mode will offer faster health regeneration, max loot, and faster movement speed. In this mode as zones will close quicker than normal, forcing action at every turn.
The September installment of Ubisoft Forward shed light on upcoming releases and showcased major content additions to their current titles. Ubisoft’s titles have their own niche audiences, yet new IPs garner eyes from the entire gaming community. The end of 2020 will be a prosperous time for Ubisoft with the release of Immortals: Fenyx Rising, Watch Dogs: Legion, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, with Riders Republic and Prince of Persia releasing early 2021.