Ubisoft’s press conference started with a 5 minute trailer for Farcry 4 and then Dan Hay came out and said on November 18th the game will come out and as he said, after that “your’re fucked”. The game looked really violent and the villain that was introduced was almost like a Bond villain with crazy hair and everything.
Then Aisha Tyler came out and began hosting Ubisoft’s conference for the third time. The Ubisoft conference definitely has a very different tone to the show with quite a few profanities being thrown around already in the opening minutes. It’s pretty funny.
The next video trailers that are shown are for the Just Dance 2014 game and the happy song is played, you know the Pharrell Williams song. It’s a long trailer with a lot of people dancing. Jason Altman one of the producers comes on stage and starts talking about using his phone to control the game “there is now no limit to how many people can play” and “anyone with a smartphone can join the game”.
Then after this Aisha Tyler introduces Tom Clancy’s The Division and out comes Petter Mannerfelt who is the producer of the game. We then are shown a trailer for the game.
Then next for the conference we are introduced again to The Crew and we see another trailer for the game. It’s a very quiet trailer and didn’t look that interesting to me. Looked like just another racing game.. Julian Gerighty comes out and says that what we saw was just one of our 2 hour long missions. He also speaks about the community and how it is important, he talks about teams playing against each other. The launch date for the Crew is announced as November 11th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Aisha Tyler then very quickly moves away from The Crew and we get to see some of Assassins Creed Unity. Creative director Alex Amancio joins the stage and starts talking about the game. He mentions the “Revolution is in the air”
Assassins Creed Unity is then shown to us through a trailer, quite likely one of the best trailers that was made during this show and maybe of all conferences in general. It’s a very well put together trailer showing off how far the game has come along and I mean that because I’m not even a fan of Assassins Creed.
The game will be focused around the French Revolution and we will be able to experience the revolution by playing the game. “Unity is about creating your own unique path through the world” says Amancio. We then get to see a new trailer for the game which places a time frame for what is going on. It seems the game takes place just after the execution of the King of France Louis XVI who was famously executed during the French Revolution. It’s interesting they chose not to mention the year, but oh well, I know the period anyway.
We then got to see a lot more gameplay of what was going on and what I thought was the most interesting was just how many people were walking around in the city. There was just so many even compared to last year’s Assassins Creed IV, this looked like a lot. I was very impressed with just how full the city was in this world that they have made. For me that is a step up in this generation, a full city makes everything feel so much more real. I hope it is this consistent during the game.
Charles Hateau who is the creative director at Ubisoft Montreal and he talks about fitness for his game “Shape Up”. He talks about fitness in gaming and making sure people are getting a good work out. He then demonstrates on stage his game in action and does a work out for everyone to see.
After this exhibition of fitness we then see a trailer for Valiant Hearts the great war which is out June 25, 2014.
Yves Guillmot then came on stage he is the co-founder and CEO of Ubisoft. He said he wanted to show us one more game that he thinks is good. It’s gameplay footage for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
The game looked very impressive and had people who seemed to be working cooperatively. They have a hostage situation and a team has the hostage and the other team needs to try and rescue the hostage. What’s interesting is how realistic the gun fire seemed to be as you could shoot through walls and come through the ceiling in the house to try and complete the rescue. It was very impressive, of course it relies heavily on you communicating well with your team. But it seemed like something fun to play and try.
That was the end of the Ubisoft conference and everyone got up and left.