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Tuesday, 11 June 2013 14:28

Few surprises but solid entertainment from Ubisoft Featured

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Ubisoft faced a hard act to follow after Microsoft but managed to show off some impressive titles at its E3 presentation today.

Opening the show with a meaty guitar solo was Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who declared he'd “bring the band onstage” and turned on Rocksmith, with voice commands courtesy of Microsoft’s Kinect. Rocksmith 2014 is due to be released in October, with no platforms confirmed yet.

Following that was a solid if predictable run of games, including:

Splinter Cell: Blacklist - As per usual for the series, the game will feature stealth action gameplay, multiplayer co-op missions, and the multiplayer mode Spies vs. Mercs. Coming on PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360.

Rayman Legends - The latest iteration of everyone's favourite cartoony platformer is coming on 3 September, with a NFC toy tie-in ala Skylanders. Coming on PS3, PS Vita, Wii U, and Xbox 360.

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot - Currently in closed beta for PC, players can control their heroes to defend their castle or sack other player’s castles. It seems this one's for PC gamers only.

South Park The Stick of Truth - This lewd, crude action/adventure game was actually going to be published by THQ before the company collapsed earlier this year, although Ubisoft has saved the day (and the profits) and are now publishing it “sometime this holiday season.” Coming on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

The Crew - Ubisoft’s new open world racing game done is being created in conjunction with Ivory Tower and will "change the status quo of racing games." Ubisoft said the online persistent world "blurs the lines" between the game's single-player, multiplayer, and co-op. The game will also have a companion 'second screen' app on iOS and Android. Coming early 2014 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Watch_Dogs - With release now only five short months away, Ubisoft showed off a new trailer with almost photorealistic graphics, and a healthy dose of suspense. Watch_Dogs will predominantly be a sandbox vigilante game where the player can either select targets based on information gathered from hacking into phones or laptops, and deliver justice directly or by leading police to their doorstep. Coming on PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Just Dance - Ubisoft announced a 2014 iteration of its hit dance series, this time featuring Nicki Minaj, Psy, David Guetta and One Direction, among others, while 6-player dances, On-Stage mode, and Just Dance DJ were features highlighted. Platforms unclear at this stage.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag -  The newest title in the historical open world franchise looks set to be a heck of a lot of fun, featuring over 50 locations to explore, and steerable pirate ships. Oh and a lot of insane swordplay. There'll be both current-gen and next-gen versions. Coming for PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One,

Trials: Fusion - Finnish developer RedLynx has been working with Ubisoft on the fourt Trials game, bringing with it a new trick system and relocating the franchise from deserts and warehouses to the clouds. Coming for Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.

Tom Clancy's The Division - Yves Guillemot leaped back on stage for a “surprise sneak peek” of a new open-world RPG from Massive Entertainment, known as The Division. Set in a post-apocalyptic American setting, the game is set during a terrorist pandemic and features team-based co-operative and competitive gameplay. Coming to "next generation" consoles.


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