Ubisoft’s first published video game – Zombi – featured an undead-filled shopping mall, which was inspired by George A. Romero’s classic horror film Dawn of the Dead. While the game featured people who had cheated death, the French publisher remained very much alive since that first release in 1986.
Three decades later, Ubisoft celebrated its 30th birthday at E3 2016 with announcements, details, and footage from 12 upcoming games and expansions, such as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Watch Dogs 2, and For Honor.
Additionally, Ubisoft announced two upcoming titles developed specifically for VR: Star Trek: Bridge Crew and Eagle Flight.
Ubisoft’s fourth decade could be its best yet.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
The latest of the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon tactical first- and third-person shooter series pits special operations soldiers against a ruthless, cocaine-driven cartel in Bolivia.
Wildlands will feature vehicles such as helicopters, cars, and motorcycles, and solo or 4-player co-op gameplay modes. Mechanics and gadgets include enemy tagging, gun silencers, drones, and hand-to-hand stealth takedowns.
Ubisoft will release Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands March 7 next year on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Watch Dogs 2
The sequel to 2014’s cover-based third-person shooter Watch Dogs will feature drones, a co-op mode, and hacking.
But this time around, hacking will go much further than it did in the original game, and will feature new tools, toys, and ways to hack, according to Jonathan Morin, the game’s creative director.
“Everything in the world around you can be hacked in creative ways,” Morin said. “You can also profile, manipulate, and hack everyone.”
Watch Dogs 2 will be available November 16 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in regular and collector’s editions. The Watch Dogs 2 collector’s edition will come with a remote-controlled Wrench Junior, which is a robot from the game.
Additionally, the game’s DLC will be available 30 days early on PlayStation 4.
Tom Clancy’s The Division Underground and Survival expansions
The Division’s first major expansion, Underground, will feature randomly generated maps such as subways, tunnels, and sewers underneath New York City. The expansion will also feature a new incursion called Dragon’s Nest, a new free heroic mode, and new challenge-mode missions and items.
The Division’s second major expansion, Survival, freezes New York in a blizzard in which players must survive.
Underground will be available June 28 and Survival will be available later this summer.
Additionally, members of Ubisoft Club will get three new free outfits to use in The Division, which are from Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, and Rainbow Six Siege.
Vikings, samurai, and knights; oh, my!
The period-piece mashup For Honor pits ancient warriors from three disparate civilizations against each other in a violent, gory bloodbath of hack-and-slash action.
For Honor will hit Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC February 14.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Star Trek: Bridge Crew puts players on the bridge of a Federation starship as either a captain, helm, tactical, or engineer.
But this game will be different than other games that have been inspired by Gene Roddenberry’s seminal series, because this game will be in virtual reality. Ubisoft developed Bridge Crew, which will feature hand tracking, full-body avatars, and real-time lip sync, specifically for VR.
“I felt real when we were doing it,” said LeVar Burton, who played Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation. “We really had to work together to accomplish the mission.”
Star Trek: Bridge Crew will hit Rift, Vive, and PlayStation VR this fall.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
The sequel to the RPG South Park: The Stick of Truth will tell the backstory of the character New Kid and features a dozen super hero classes with powers that can be used to create a unique super hero.
The game features improved combat in which the player can move behind cover, get in tactical positions, and use space and time to overcome obstacles.
“Now your farts are so powerful,” said Matt MacLean, the game’s lead designer. “You can use them to rip the fabric of time itself.”
Ubisoft will release South Park: The Fractured But Whole December 6 for Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. Additionally, South Park: The Stick of Truth will be free with pre-orders of South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
This open-world action sports game will be set in the Alps and will feature skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, and wing suit racing.
There will be solo and co-op gameplay modes, and the game features a camera that can show you the mountains from any angle and can drop you anywhere in the game-world.
Steep will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in December.
Eagle Flight VR
Two teams of three eagles will fight in the sky over Paris in best-of-three capture the flag matches in Eagle Flight VR, which Ubisoft will release later this year for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR.
Trials of the Blood Dragon
The latest in the 2.5D motorcycle racing series Trials will feature characters and art inspired by Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Ubisoft will release Trials of the Blood Dragon today on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Clumsy robot BUD returns in the sequel to last year’s adventure Grow Home. Ubisoft will release Grow Up later this year on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Just Dance 2017
Just Dance 2017 will feature more than 40 new tracks, six game modes, and access to more than 200 songs through Just Dance Unlimited. Ubisoft will release Just Dance 2017 in October for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
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