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Ubisoft E3 2018:The Top 5 Most Important Announcements

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I am just gonna go ahead and say it; this year's E3 is showcasing the most exciting lineup of games I've seen in years. First, we had EA with their top five announcements, including new Anthem details and the Battlefield V multiplayer reveal. Then Xbox with 15 world premiers and that stunning Cyberpunk 2077 trailer.

Up next was Bethesda with their awesome announcements and trailers, and then Devolver Digital with their upcoming game announcements. Then, in the early hours of the morning, Sony blew us away with all the amazing games at the PlayStation E3 Press Conference. The latest exciting lineup of games comes from Ubisoft, and you will not be disappointed.

Check out roundup video straight from E3 2018 in Los Angeles below, where we discuss all the awesome games shown.

1. Assassin's Creed Odyssey

  • Launch date: 05 October 2018
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, and PS4

Earlier this month, Ubisoft officially confirmed Assassin's Creed Odyssey with that short teaser clip on Twitter, and as I stated, it was obviously a "This is Sparta!" scene. Turns out, you will, in fact, play as one of two Spartan outcasts. The game is set in Ancient Greece, in the 5th century BCE, and before the founding of the Assassin's Brotherhood in Egypt. The two Spartans, Alexios or Kassandra, turn mercenary and have to find their way through the Peloponnesian War.

As previously speculated, there will be a bigger focus on player choice, and you will be "free to forge" your "own destiny" as one of these two Spartans. The rumoured naval battles also turned out to be true, and you can see some exciting action in both new E3 trailers.

There will be romance options, deeper customization choices, and even supernatural abilities to unlock. These abilities are linked to the Spear of Leonidas. Open-world naval combat returns and you will captain a trireme warship. You'll be able to customize your ship and select a crew.

2. Beyond Good and Evil 2

Beyond Good and Evil 2 is one of our top 10 most anticipated games of E3, and last night we saw a cinematic trailer that showcases a world so fascinating and so rich with possibilities that it makes you want to climb inside your screen. It's a place I want to be in. I want to explore, experience, and shape its world.

In BGE2 we will exist in a space where two galaxies collided, and because of that, you'll see some vast landscapes. Epic space scenes and landscapes aside, at the heart of the game is its characters, and we meet some old and new faces in the trailer. That stunning looking old lady is a medical officer called Umah, and is described as a "dubious oracle." A new interesting fact, there is a deep connection between religion and technology in the game. Talking about characters, some returning faces are Pey'j, the boar companion from the first game, as well as Jade (but we see her between Alpha Section soldiers), the protagonist. Knox is the punk-ass hybrid monkey, but there's more to him than mischief, he has particularly keen eyesight and can spot trouble coming your way sooner than most.

Traversing between say your space HQ to your smaller spaceship is seamless, all action between different sections of this vast world will be seamless. The jetpack is your tool to move from one section to the next. You'll see it in action in the cinematic trailer below. According to the trailer walkthrough, the first game has a few tie-ins to the second one.

On the enemy side, we get our first look at the Alpha Section, the mercenary faction from the first game who is also making a return but with a big difference, a young Jade. Apparently, she is a pirate hunter, and "pretty evil." Remember, BGE2 is the prequel to the first game.

Sadly, we don't have a release date yet, only the promise of more news to follow via the Space Monkey Program. And this mind-blowing trailer.

3. The Division 2

  • Release date: 29 March 2019
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, and PS4

The Division 2 plays off in Washington, seven months after the virus released in New York. The Division is civilian sleeper agents who must stabilize the situation in Washington and stand against enemy factions that threw the nation into complete anarchy. You are the last line of defence.

The most important thing to know about The Division 2 is its focus on end-game content, a lesson dearly learnt from its predecessor. "The Division 2's main campaign will naturally flow into a robust endgame with its own narrative thread and unique challenges," explains Ubisoft. "Progress also continues long after Level 30. Once you reach the level cap, you'll be able to select a Specialization. Each Specialization, like sharpshooter, demolitionist, or survivalist, comes with its own progression path."

PvP and the Dark Zone are back. New eight-player raids will be introduced with a stronger focus on tactics and team play.

4. Skull & Bones

  • Release window: 2019
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, and PS4

We saw a new gameplay trailer of the player-vs-player-vs-environment mode. It is called Hunting Grounds and can be played solo, or with a group. You will hunt merchant ships, loot trade routes, and sink enemy vessels. You can't simply embark on a Hunting Grounds mission and hope for success, you'll first have to prepare your crew, gather intel, and stock up on weapons. The player-vs-player mode is called "Disputed Waters" and pits four pirates a side in a battle over treasure. The last mode mentioned in the reveal is called "Deadly Encounters" more details about that at a later stage.

You will be able to customize your ship and choose from a wide selection of warships. "... so whether you want a quick and agile vessel, or a towering battleship, you'll always have something in your arsenal to fit your play style," continues Ubisoft. "Pirates who want to strike fear into the hearts of their enemies at first sight can also customize nearly every visual aspect of their ship, including sails, figureheads, ship wheels, paint colors, and pirate captain."

In Skull & Bones you decide what kind of pirate's life you'll lead; an honourable pirate, a treacherous one, or somewhere in the middle.

5. The Crew 2

  • Release date: 29 June 2018
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, and PS4

Try out the game before its launch with the open beta which runs from 1:00 AM PT on June 21 until 1:00 AM PT on June 25. You can pre-load the beta on all three platforms right now. The Crew 2 is set in a large open-world with nine major cities and seven districts - all available to experience in the open beta. You can play The Crew 2 solo, or in co-op with up to three friends

"As you earn followers by competing in events, pulling off street stunts, and doing just about any other cool thing you can think of, you'll unlock new vehicles, motorsports disciplines, and events in which to compete," announces Ubisoft.

Post-launch details include two new vehicles every month. These additions will be available to all players, but those who purchase the Season Pass will get three days early access to all unlocks. Season Pass owners also get three extra vehicles on day one. Live updates will release every three months, with the first one, "Gator Rush" releasing in September. This update introduces hovercrafts, five new vehicles, new events, and a new Legendary rarity level for all vehicle parts. In December new PvP lobbies enter the game.

The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to the Crew 2, is that all post-launch content can be earned with in-game currency.

All the rest

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a Nintendo Switch exclusive and launches on October 16. Keeping with Switch exclusive news, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is getting new heroes and new stages on June 26 when the DLC Donkey Kong Adventure releases. 

On October 16, For Honor gets its biggest DLC yet with the Marching Fire update. It will introduce a new faction of warriors from China, four new heroes, a new 4v4 multiplayer mode titled "Breach," graphical enhancements, and a new mode featuring unlimited PvE content.

Transference is Ubisoft's next VR game but it will also be fully playable on PC, PS4, and Xbox One when it launches this fall. It is a first-person exploration game and sees the player "search for clues, solve puzzles, and uncover the corrupted collective consciousness of the Hayes family through simulations of their home."

Trials Rising releases in February 2019 for  Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC. Players will race across famous real-world locations, and can compete against other players in the single-player mode by racing against their "ghosts." Trials Rising will feature local and online multiplayer,

Just Dance 2019 launches on October 23 (October 25 in Europe) for the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, Wii U, and Wii. The dance-on-demand subscription service gives you access to more than 400 songs with more being added in coming months.

Rainbow Six Siege has surpassed 35 million registered players across all platforms and will continue to evolve in Year 3 with regular content updates.

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