GameSentral Rewind 074: Ubisoft at E3 2016

Editor’s Note: This is a special edition of the GameSentral Rewind, focusing on Ubisoft’s E3 2016 press conference.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Ghost Recon: Wildlands will launch on Mar. 7, 2017 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4, according to Ubisoft.

After a cinematic trailer (embedded above), Ubisoft gave a lengthy look at a four-player co-op mission to capture El Pozolero (the Stewmaker), who is responsible for getting rid of bodies.

The mission involved different players performing different tasks and approaching an enemy base from different angles, whether it was on foot, on vehicles, or in the air.

Steep

Steep is an open-world action sports game for consoles and PC that’s set to launch later this year.

Ubisoft Annecy is leading development on the game from the French Alps, after collaborating on The Division.

Players can participate in skiing, paragliding, snowboarding, and wingsuit traversal, while switching between them on the fly.

A key component of Steep is its community. All players will zip down the same mountain and have the ability to interact with one another. However, players can choose to disable collisions, so others don’t ruin their ride.

Some of the game’s settings include Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France.

According to Ubisoft, players will be able to between first and third person views. There will also be the option to use a “free cam” and a “GoPro-like” perspective.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Ubisoft’s second South Park game, is set to launch on Xbox One, PS4, and Windows on Dec. 6.

As an incentive to early-birds, anyone who preorders The Fractured But Whole will get a free digital copy of its predecessor (The Stick of Truth) on Xbox One, Windows, or PS4.

According to South Park co-creator Matt Stone, the game’s combat system has been tinkered with, and offers players a little more freedom to use space and move while retaining some turn-based elements.

Two gameplay clips (one of which is embedded above) showed how you take the role of South Park’s new kids, hoping to join Cartman’s super-hero group Coon & Friends. The video then showed players creating their own hero, picking from a range of classes.

“It’s really about who you are. You define who you are in South Park.”

-Matt Stone, South Park co-creator

For Honor

Ubisoft has shed light on the single-player component of its online-centric hack-and-slash action title For Honor.

The game’s story is centered around Apoleon, a Svangali-like figure who stirred wars between knights, Vikings, and samurais for over a thousand years.

The gameplay video showcased a fleet of Viking ships invading a samurai fortress, ploughing through its warriors, and scorching the settlements.

Its mechanics are similar to the multiplayer component shown at E3 2015, where players have three positions to hold their weapons for both attacking and defending.

For Honor will ship on Feb. 14, 2017 (Valentine’s Day) on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows.

The Division

Ubisoft provided a few updates on the future of Tom Clancy’s The Division. First, the game’s Underground expansion will arrive on PS4 on Aug. 2, after launching on Xbox One and Windows on Jun. 28.

All Division players that are Ubisoft Club members will receive three special outfits when Underground launches, themed around Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, and Splinter Cell.

Lastly, Ubisoft revealed the first teaser trailer (embedded below) for The Division’s Survival expansion, which will launch after Underground.

The Last Stand expansion will come after Survival as The Division’s third planned paid expansion.

Just Dance 2017

Just Dance 2017

Just Dance 2017 will be a launch title on Nintendo’s NX console.

The dance game will also come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC (digitally for the first time in franchise history).

Ubisoft has revealed some details of the game’s initial soundtrack, which includes:

  • Sorry – Justin Bieber
  • DADDY – Psy ft. CL of 2NE1
  • Cheap Thrills – Sia ft. Sean Paul
  • Lean On – Major Lazer ft. Mo & DJ Snake
  • Worth It – Fifth Harmony ft. Kid Ink
  • Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  • PoPiPo – Hatsune Miku
  • Radical – Dyro & Dannic
  • El Tiki – Maluma
  • September – Equinox Stars
  • What Is Love – Ultraclub 90

40 tracks will be included alongside the new Just Dance Machine mode, which challenges you to perform different dances like flamenco, ballet, and the cancan. The Just Dance Unlimited mode will also return when it launches in October (except for NX).

Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Star Trek: Bridge Crew, the game’s VR game, was further detailed.

In the multiplayer game, players assume the role of a member of a starship bridge crew. Ubisoft showed off a video (embedded above) of the game being played by three current and former Trekkies, including LeVar Burton.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew is slated to launch on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR this fall.

Trials of the Blood Dragon

Developer RedLynx has announced the launch of Trials of the Blood Dragon, which is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows.

The game is a 1980s retro action movie-inspired spinoff with a similar style to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and totes a similar bike-on-platform puzzle mechanic to Trials Fusion.

Trials of the Blood Dragon is available on Steam and the Uplay store for $15.

Free PC game every month this year

Prince of Persia The Sands of Time

Ubisoft is giving away a free PC game each month for the rest of the year, as part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebration. This month’s free game is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

To claim a copy, you’ll need to head to the Ubi 30 page and click “Get the Game Now.” You’ll need to sign into UPlay to add the game to your library. Next month’s free title will be revealed on the aforementioned page in mid-July.

Grow Up

Ubisoft’s Reflections studio has taken the wraps off Grow Up, the sequel to 2015 physics-focused platformer Grow Home, for Windows, PS4, and Xbox One.

The game features the return of Grow Home protagonist B.U.D., without the help of AI protector M.O.M., and takes place across an entire planet.

“Not only can you ride the giant star plants, but you can throw down seeds and use plants to bounce, shoot, and catapult yourself to new heights. All the way to the moon.”

-Pete Young, Ubisoft Reflections producer

Grow Up launches in August 2016.

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