We are actually greater than a month previous the purpose when E3 2020 would’ve ended. But Fake E3? That’s everlasting. It lives in your coronary heart, in your soul, and in your tv. (Or perhaps your telephone?)
Today we lastly reached the “1PM Monday Afternoon” slot, a.okay.a. Ubisoft. Much of what Ubisoft confirmed at its faux-press convention, we already knew about—Watch Dogs Legion, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and the not too long ago leaked Far Cry 6. But hey, they managed to maintain Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad beneath wraps (for what that’s price), and the Assassin’s Creed footage appeared fairly neat.
There weren’t many bulletins, however you’ll discover a full recap of all right this moment’s trailers beneath. And don’t fear, we’re nearly out of the woods. Microsoft’s occasion takes place on July 23 and I’m fairly positive that’s the top of Fake E3—simply in time for Fake Gamescom!
Watch Dogs Legion
We’ve obtained hands-on impressions of Watch Dogs Legion right this moment, so head there for our in-depth ideas, however Ubisoft confirmed off a “short film” trailer in the course of the presentation as properly. Paraphrasing Martin Niemöller’s famed “First they came for…” poem concerning the Holocaust is…a bit distasteful maybe. But as I stated in our hands-on, they’re positively placing to relaxation any questions on Legion being political. It very a lot is. Hopefully they will do proper by its loaded material, which incorporates police brutality, surveillance states, terrorism, and extra.
Anyway, after the “short film” was a extra conventional gameplay reel. This latter targeted on how missions play out in another way relying on who you employ. A building employee may use his heavy responsibility drone to fly right into a fortress, whereas a member of London’s police pressure can merely stroll in previous their fellow guards. It’s nonetheless an thrilling system, and I’m trying ahead to experimenting with it extra within the full launch on October 29.
Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad
Why is Tom Clancy’s identify connected to this…cell hero shooter? Who can say? Anyway, Elite Squad is the most recent in a protracted line of “What if we also had an Overwatch?” shooters, it appears like. I don’t have way more to say about it, however hey, Ubisoft’s made some waves with its new battle royale Hyper Scape, so perhaps it could actually break into one other oversaturated style as properly.
Speaking of Hyper Scape—which, once more, is already in folks’s palms—we obtained a cinematic trailer with the weird lore justifications behind Ubisoft’s battle royale. It’s 2054, and folks play video video games! Who would’ve guessed?! Lore apart, I’ve heard principally constructive issues about Hyper Scape to this point, and right this moment we obtained an open beta date…and it’s right this moment! Surprise. Looks like you can begin enjoying proper this second.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
We have hands-on impressions of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla as properly. My primary takeaway? It looks like Assassin’s Creed III tonally, which sure, is kind of a loaded assertion. We’ll see the way it goes! As far as Ubisoft Forward is worried, we obtained a six-minute deep dive exhibiting off Valhalla’s raiding mechanics, dual-wielding, the return of social stealth, looking, and extra. Look for Valhalla on November 17.
Far Cry 6
As I stated, it leaked earlier within the week, however Far Cry 6 was Ubisoft’s “one more thing” this 12 months. Giancarlo Esposito is the villain this time, channeling his character from Breaking Bad however as an authoritarian dictator, beneath siege in his presidential palace. Like Watch Dogs, Far Cry 6 actually seems to be leaning into the present political second.
I say “appears to be” as a result of Far Cry 5 additionally used politically charged imagery within the run-up to launch, and then the precise sport was about as milquetoast as could possibly be. We’ll discover out February 18 of 2021.