Top 6 Expected From Ubisoft At E3 2015: New Splinter Cell, Tom Clancy's The Division Gameplay, Rainbow 6 Siege & More
With E3 season about to kick off, publisher and platform holder are getting ready for press conferences and keynote that will be helpful in showing up what they have worked on in the last few months and years. E3 2015 could deserve some surprises from each of the main actors in the gaming industry and lots of welcome confirmation for autumn and the holiday season. Among those protagonists, we find Ubisoft: the French software giant needs to get back to its high level of quality after a few years of criticism because of bugs and downgrades from what they showed right at Electronic Entertainment Expo and what gamers had at day one.
Titles like Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Unity and The Crew have harmed company's image in front of consumers' eyes, for a couple of different reasons. For example, Watch Dogs' graphics got downgraded from E3 presentation in comparison with the degree of quality of the game that arrived on the store shelves, while Assassin's Creed Unity was almost unplayable because of the many bugs that Ubisoft Montreal (and the other development teams working on the game) wasn't able to solve before the day one. The Crew shared connectivity issues with games like Driveclub and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
On top of that, in December Assassin's Creed Victory was leaked by gaming website Kotaku and that disappointed many fans of the series: with Unity still not able to work properly, Ubisoft was already preparing 2015's iteration of the franchise and that, even though the game is in development at Ubisoft Quebec and not Montreal, was seen somewhat as betrayal. At the same time, Rainbow Six series was not treated the way it deserved, with Patriots cancelled right after its infamous presentation because the Heavy Rain-like concept was not leading anywhere.
All of this must be fixed at E3 2015: will Ubisoft get back to its roots and make it? Let's see this in the following lines, where we won't talk about casual and free-to-play games, and remember to share your opinion in the comments section below.
TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE
With the Alpha online and a Beta already planned, we have seen more than expected from Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, the new episode in the long running Ubisoft shooting saga. For the first time ever, the game will be exclusively focused on multiplayer: it will be 5 vs 5, with a team trying to rescue hostages and the other looking at the opposite objective. At E3 2015 we should see a live demonstration and a new trailer with the release date slated for October.
TOM CLANCY'S THE DIVISION
Here we are, finally: E3 2015 is just a week away and we will discover all the truth about Tom Clancy's The Division, the long-awaited and already fan favorite MMOTPS by Ubisoft Massive which is rumored to be delayed to 2016. Yes, we will see the game delayed to a generic 2016 during Ubisoft's pre-E3 2015 press conference, where it will be shown again with some in-game SnowDrop Engine-powered footage, some details about PvP (Dark Zones) and an overall look at the gameplay mechanics. Honestly, I don't think we will play The Division before the second half of next year…
ROCKSMITH 2015 EDITION
In the year of Guitar Hero and Rock Band coming back, it's not hard to predict Rocksmith 2015 Edition. Ubisoft has been the sole publisher to keep believing in the genre for home console, so I would be surprised to see it missing this year's release. Has the Rocksmith series to reinvent itself as Guitar Hero and Rock Band did? Most probably not, as Activision and Harmonix tried to make their games closer to reality, and Ubisoft seemed already (too) close to it with Rocksmith 2014 Edition…
NEW UBIART FRAMEWORK-BASED GAME
Many would be expecting a new Beyond Good & Evil 2 trailer or some more info about the game to be revealed at E3 2015 but with Michel Ancel busy on Wild we are not betting on this. We rather prefer to go all-in with a new UbiArt Framework-based game: the same engine of Rayman Legends, Valiant Hearts and Child of Light isn't in use for any other announced production at Ubisoft, so…
NEW SPLINTER CELL
The latest Splinter Cell, Blacklist by Ubisoft Toronto, has been released in 2013, so it is about time we see a new episode of the long-running Sam Fisher's saga. We don't expect it to ship this year but an August or September 2016 release date wouldn't surprise us – as it won't surprise us to see the next Splinter Cell being the main course during E3 2015 Ubisoft press conference.
ASSASSIN'S CREED SYNDICATE
The next episode in the Assassin's Creed saga titled as "Assassin's Creed Syndicate" will have a Victorian setting, such as The Order: 1886 and Bloodborne. The first look of the game is already out, now all fans want to see is performance of the game on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The last Assassin's Creed game, Assassin's Creed Unity was a big mess, and the trust factor of fans on Ubisoft took a massive beating. So the firm needs to work a bit harder. In Los Angeles we expect Ubisoft to show a new trailer and to make a live demonstration from both single-player and multiplayer modes of the game. Furthermore, we will discover the official November release date.