E3 2013 Mania!: Ubisoft Press Conference Round Up

E32012 - Ubisoft Conference

Ubisoft shows off more Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, and Rabbids invading your TV.

Oooo boy…

Last year, Ubisoft had quite possibly the best E3 conference, with constant one-two punches and the surprise announcement of Watch Dogs. Will they deliver once again?

The bigger question on my mind was whether or not the conference will be full of lame jokes… well, Aisha Tylor is the host again. She seemed toned down a bit since last year, so I’ll give it a pass.

They start off with a brief demo of Rocksmith‘s Session feature, done by Alice in Chains legend, Jerry Cantrell.

Oh my god.

I LOVED AiC as a teen, and had a HUGE crush on Jerry Cantrell. Tee, hee, hee… anyway, Session allows you to just jam on the guitar with a band that will jam and adapt to how you play. So lots of jamming…

Because We Asked For It… Trailers!

What Ubisoft conference would be complete without a plethora of trailers? Ubisoft gave us more Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Rayman Legends, and their newest baby, South Park: The Stick of Truth. And The Epic Quest for Mighty Loot has one of the funniest trailers. Ever. I want to play it now.

The Epic Quest for Mighty Loot - Smelly Warrior

Smelly Warriors put a damper on anyone’s day…

Just You and Your Crew of Rabbids

Ubisoft showed off The Crew. At first, I thought it was Need for Speed. So many car/racing games, but it adds a nice lil’ twist by allowing you and your friends to be form your own street racing gang. You and your Crew go out on the streets across the US  to increase your street cred, thwart rival gangs, pull off heists, and other things. It sounds kinda appealing, and I don’t typically play driving games…

Ya know what else sounds appealing? Rabbids Invasion. Working with Nickelodeon and France Televisions, Ubisoft Motion Pictures have created… an interactive TV show.

At the conference, they showed that user input will be required at certain points of the show to advance the story. You might have to solve a puzzle, play a mini-game, or scream your lungs out. Or flail your arms like a maniac. I like flailing my arms.

Seriously, I could imagine playing (watching?) this with my younger nieces and nephews. Or maybe Momma Minee (she digs goofy stuff like this).

Rabbids Invasion - Demo

Point and fling eggs at Rabbids in bullet time. Now I’ve seen everything.

Dancing Assassins are Doing Trials Whilst Watching The Division

The homestretch showed some in-game footage of Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, and Just Dance. I swear, I wanted there to be text or a voice over during the Assassin’s Creed 4 trailer saying, “Welcome to the Caribbean!”

Ubisoft also have not one but two new Trials games, Fusion for next gen consoles, and Frontier for mobile devices. New trick system allows you to fly through the air, and the two games actually work together; allowing you to check in on the Trials community, replay previous runs, and other things.

Finally, a new game in the “Tom Clancy” line, called The Division. A lethal virus runs rampant right in New York after Black Friday, and society goes down the tubes, essentially. The President of the United States invokes Presidential Directive 51, and The Division is activated.

You and your team of buddies explore the streets of New York, which has been overrun by gangs, ruffians and the like doing whatever they have to in order to survive. The game’s online and plays like any persistent MMO game would.

Final Thoughts

Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed 4 continues to pique my interest, and The Epic Quest for Mighty Loot satisfies my need for barfing dragons. And I kinda like how The Crew sounds, so I’d like to learn more about it.

So, did Ubisoft top their showing last year? It certainly wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, but there wasn’t anything that really made me go, “wow!” The Division was certainly a surprise, but it didn’t captivate me as much as Watch Dogs did last year.

Check out the E3 presser below, and tell me what you thought in the Comments Section!