The first-ever Ubisoft Forward premiered today, and with it came new deep dives into the most anticipated upcoming games including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watchdogs: Legion. I was pretty surprised at how little we actually learned during the show in terms of new games, but the trailers shown were very compelling and the gameplay was excellent. Here’s all the trailers and announcements revealed during the Ubisoft Forward.
The Trials series has always been a challenging but fun take on motocross racing. With the recently released Trials Rising doing so well, it’s no wonder Ubisoft is excited to expand. On Thursday, July 16, a new free “Gigatrack” is set to release for all players. Said to be the biggest track ever made for Trials, it spans multiple biomes and areas while providing a crazy stamina challenge. Best of luck with this one!
The Crew 2
Somehow The Crew 2 is still alive and kicking. Not only is it still being supported, but a new expansion is live now! “Summer in Hollywood” brings new cars, new motors, new vanity items, and special “mood events” that drastically change the flavor of your experience. The Crew 2 is an open world racing game full of personality and places to explore. Enjoy!
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
Breakpoint has had it rough. Released back in Fall 2019, Breakpoint was a huge departure from what made Ghost Recon what it is. With the introduction of heavy RPG mechanics like Gear Score, it just wasn’t the same true-to-life experience veterans had hoped for. Starting July 15th, an old staple of the series is returning: AI Sqadmates. I have no idea why this wasn’t part of the original release, but let’s just be happy they’re coming now. Fully customizable and ready for action, squadmates will allow for a greater tactical advantage for solo players. If you’ve been waiting for a good time to get back into Breakpoint, that time is now.
Originally slated to come out back in Q1 2020, Watchdogs: Legion is a huge leap forward for the series. Instead of having a single protagonist leading the narrative, players control any of the NPCs on the map whenever they like. You heard that correctly. Every NPC has a backstory, motivations, strengths, skills, and weaknesses. Anyone can be recruited to join the cause and lend their abilities to your arsenal. Choosing the right character for the job is essential. From brawling construction workers to ex-assassin grandmas, there are tons of ways to approach every mission.
Characters also experience permadeath. Once an individual is killed during a mission, they’re gone. If you want someone else with their skills, you’ll need to find and recruit them into your rebellion so tread carefully. Watchdogs: Legion is set to release on October 29th, 2020. Later in the show, Xbox’s Phil Spencer appeared to announce that Legion will also have Smart Delivery. This means that if players buy the game on the Xbox One, they’ll have full access to the Series X version of the game when they make the switch. This has also already been confirmed for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla as well.
I feel like we already knew this was happening, but Brawlhalla is coming to mobile. The Super Smash Bros.-style brawler is heading to both iOS and Android starting on August 6th and will have cross-play across all platforms.
Might & Magic
The popular fantasy RPG is now on mobile. The trailer felt like it was just saying “We’ve been out for 7 months and fans love it.” That’s about all I took from it.
Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad
Another mobile game with Fortnite aesthetics, Elite Squad was originally revealed at E3 2019 but with no news since. Now with a release date of August 27th, 2020, players can play as their favorite Tom Clancy heroes from games such as Splinter Cell, The Division, Rainbow Six Siege, and more. My disappointment that Elite Squad was the only showing of Sam Fisher cannot be overstated.
Rainbow Six Siege
This was less a reveal trailer and more of a thank you. Siege has come a LONG way since its launch and the developers have already committed to many more years of support. If you’re a fan of the game, enjoy the ride.
With the closed beta releasing only a couple of weeks ago, players were excited to jump into a new Ready Player One style BR game from Ubisoft. It was frustrating that getting a key to the game required getting luck while watching Twitch streams, but that time is over. Starting today, the game has now entered open beta on PC for all players. I assume consoles will join later in the summer after technical issues are ironed out. Clutch recently posted our first impressions of the game.
In addition to gameplay, the trailer also included a rather meaty story cinematic. Fans of games like Overwatch or Apex Legends will be happy to know that the same sense of broader storytelling is alive and kicking in Hyper Scape as well.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
The one we were waiting for. Ever since Xbox overhyped what was supposed to be the big gameplay reveal, players have been aching to learn more about what makes Ubisoft’s new Viking epic tick. During the trailer, players got a taste of the many different combat styles, exploration secrets, stealth, raids, assaults, and more. There was also a 30 minute post-show focused entirely on Valhalla gameplay as well. It’s exciting to see so many new mechanics being introduced to the series while still making callbacks to the original.
Far Cry 6
This would have been a HELL of a reveal had it not leaked only a couple of days before the Forward. Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito stars as the ruthless president of a fictional latin country. The trailer focuses on Esposito’s relationship with his son and how his actions affect the son’s perception of the resistance forming outside their home. While the trailer was entirely cinematic, it paints a strong picture of who we will be fighting and why when the game comes out on February 18th, 2021.
This Ubisoft Forward is not really what I expected. I was hoping for many more shorter trailers with more announcements than we got. Sure, the Far Cry surprise being spoiled greatly took away from the “mic-dropness” of the event, but I was waiting for many more upcoming games. They did say that another Forward event was coming later this year, so that will likely be when many of the next-gen titles will be announced including the new IPs I’m looking forward to. Did you enjoy the show? What was your favorite trailer? Comment below!