With two conferences out of the way and nothing to really get excited about, surely Ubisoft can make me sit up and say “wow!”?
Ubisoft kicked things off in an impressive manner with some dancing ladies and the appearance of Flo Rider, all in the name of Just Dance 4. Whilst the audience remained typically motionless (although there was more movement than during the Usher segment in the Xbox conference) everything on the stage was very enthusiastic. This level of enthusiasm continued with the appearance of the host and co-host, who were admittedly funny, but more in a “laughing at you” kind of way.
But the hosts could largely be ignored as the games could all happily present themselves. Things got off to a trippy start with some Far Cry 3 footage and gameplay. There were breasts, there was swimming, and someone took far too many halucinogens, but overall it was damn impressive. It was also announced that the player will have multiple islands to explore in single-player.
We then got some more info about the rather good looking Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which was followed by a trailer for Avengers: Battle for Earth, which will be coming to Kinect and Wii U.
The Wii U love continued with a lengthy segment on Rayman: Legends, which looked a lot of fun. A new character was introduced, Murphy, who can be controlled using the multiple inputs of the Wii U Game Pad, including the touchscreen.
Things then got a lot more serious with a good, old fashioned Zombie apocalypse in the form of ZombiU. Although there was no gameplay on show, the trailer was chock full of gore and will reassure the core gamers that they will be catered for on Nintendo’s new console. Some brief glimpses were then offered of Ubisoft’s other Wii U titles, including Rabbids Land, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, Sports Connection and Assassin’s Creed.
A brand new trailer for Assassin’s Creed III was presented to the audience, which didn’t disappoint. The trailer showed Connor crossing a battlefield before taking out huge numbers of Redcoats in pursuit of his target. There was also some gameplay footage which saw Connor picking up missions and making his way into a fort to find his next target. Good stuff!
There was then a live match in ShootMania Storm, from the makes of TrackMania, but what came next was easily the highlight of the show so far – the reveal of a new game!
Watch Dogs, which has been in development at Ubisoft Montreal for the last two years, was given a big build up before launching into some impressive gameplay. The game offers an open world in which players are able to connect to and control city infrastructure, such as being able to bring up info on surrounding characters, tap into to phone conversations, block mobile communications and even control traffic lights to cause accidents. All of this control combined with shooting can’t be bad. The footage was very exciting and will appear later on the site, so check it out for yourself.
So, Ubisoft managed to pull it out of the bag, with an entertaining press conference that included a very welcome surprise at the end. Details and assets for the games on show will make their way onto GGUK over the following few days. Keep checking back for more coverage from E3 2012.