Posted Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 04:00 PM PDT by Brian Hoss
'Watch Dogs,' 'The Crew,' and even 'South Park: The Stick of Truth' made a showing.
Last year Ubisoft nailed E3 not with a perfect presentation, but with a balance between games like 'Rayman Legends' on the Wii U and 'Watch Dogs.' Those games return this year along with the already revealed 'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.' With the lack of reveals pulling some wind out of the sails of Ubisoft's conference, there were still a number of high points.
After introducing a new version of Ubisoft's real instrument based 'Rocksmith' in 'Rocksmith 2014' and showing lots more of the colorful world of 'Rayman Legends,' Ubisoft shown a brief clip of their recently acquired 'South Park: the Stick of Truth.' Ubisoft also directed players to try out the closed beta for 'The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot,' which is shaping up in promise.
With 'The Crew,' Ubi showed its cards with regard to trying to make a new, more social racing game. The actual goal in the game is to takeover a crime syndicate that spans the US, and the racing occurs throughout different cities in the states. The game features an online persistent world and can be played solo or with online friends that can be part of the player's crew or part of rival crews. The multiplayer is fully integrated into the game. Also the game pits racing across terrain types and challenges the player to customize to account for off-road and street needs.
New footage of 'Watch Dogs' showed how Aiden Pierce is obsessed with surveillance and technology, but it is the player that will define what kind of vigilante he will become and what kind of justice he will deliver. The footage showed Aiden infiltrating a underground human trafficking central office, and ultimately broadcasting the evidence and ensuring an arrest was made.
'Just Dance 2014' was featured, and the Wii U made an appearance in the game's trailer. Also revealed was 'Rabbids Invasion,' a Nickelodeon interactive TV show.
Two new 'Trials' games were shown, 'Trials Fusion' for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and 'Trials Frontier' for mobile platforms.
Ubisoft chose to end with a high concept trailer reminiscent of last year's 'Watch Dogs' reveal. The concept of money and spending in the US being a possible method for spreading a targeted epidemic was explored, and eventually lead to the idea of a new special division being organized by the US to combat this scenario. In 'Tom Clancy's The Division', the player and online friends (third person view) are team members of a squad in this new organization, and have rapid response powers.
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