Ubisoft, like many other video game companies, was unable to hold its typical personal press conference at E3 in June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, a digital event called "Ubisoft Forward" took place on Sunday, revealing more about the biggest upcoming games. The included Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Guard dogs: Legion, his newly announced Battle Royale shooter Hyper scape, Far Cry 6, and more. The company plans to hold another Ubisoft Forward storefront later this year.
Ubisoft Forward is at a difficult time for the company: reports of an ubiquitous toxic culture at Ubisoft have recently come to light on several allegations of misconduct against Ubisoft employees. Just yesterday, three prominent executives left Ubisoft and increased the total to four departures (and an additional suspension) since the allegations were released.
In a tweet Ubisoft, which was released just hours before the event started, acknowledged the challenges the company faces, but said it will not discuss them during the digital event. "Since all of the content has already been recorded, we wanted to realize that the issues we are currently dealing with are not addressed directly on the show," said Ubisoft. In a letter to employees on July 2, CEO Yves Guillemot already promised major corporate changes, including the appointment of a manager for work culture and the creation of a position for a manager for diversity.
Here is our recap of the show's biggest announcements.
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After a joke on Friday, Ubisoft officially announced Far Cry 6, the next game in the hugely popular series. Far Cry 6 takes place on the tropical island of Yara and the role of villain is played by Giancarlo Esposito, who you may know from Gus Fring breaking Bad and Better call Saul. The series is known for focusing on its bad guys rather than protagonists, but Esposito is the first actor widely known to play a strong bad guy who takes on the role of the video game.
Far Cry 6 will be available on February 18, 2021 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC and Google's Stadia cloud gaming service, according to Ubisoft.
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Ubisoft announced that it is Nordic inspired Assassin's Creed Valhalla, The program, which was first presented in April, will be released on November 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Google Stadia. The company has also released a new gameplay trailer for the Viking themed game, which you can see above. My colleague Chaim Gartenberg recently spent three hours on the title and he says that fans should be very familiar with it Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Assassins Creed Origins. Here you can read his impressions.
At the end of today's trailer, Ubisoft noted that the game "will" be available on next generation consoles soon.
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Ubisoft announced its upcoming Battle Royale shooter Hyper scape will enter the open beta from today. Ubisoft also shared a trailer for the beta and a new cinematic story trailerthat you can see above.
My colleague Nick Statt had to take the technical test in hand when it was released earlier this month, and you can read his thoughts here.
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Ubisoft announced that Watch Dogs Legion will be released on October 29 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Google Stadia, and some in-game footage in one new gameplay trailer. The game takes place in London and the big change from the previous one Watchdog Title is that you can recruit any NPC in the game as a playable character. My colleague Chaim was also allowed to spend three hours Watch Dogs Legion recently, and he said that despite the large number of NPCs that you can play, many of them feel the same.
similar to Assassin's Creed ValhallaUbisoft said the game "coming" to next generation consoles.