The event is over – let’s have a glance of everything that you should know about Ubisoft’s Forward Event.
There was a room, and there was an elephant in it that nobody over at Ubisoft cared to talk about today. That elephant was the recent departures of top executives from the company due to allegations of abuse and misconduct. As of late, Serge Hascoët, chief creative officer, Cécile Cornet, global head of human resources; and Yannis Mallat, head of Ubisoft Canada – all left the company earlier in the week. The reason given by Ubisoft for the lack of addressing the issues at Forward was that it was pre-recorded before any of the departures transpired.
Prior to the Forward Event, Ubisoft did release a short statement, “Because all of the content has been pre-recorded, we want to recognize that the issues we’re currently dealing with won’t be addressed directly in the show.” Although it is interesting to note that allegations have been circling the company for at least a month. Not sure when the Event was pre-recorded but surely it could of been addressed in either a pre or post video.
Curious Expedition was front and center. It was refreshing to have another glance at this game. Also Mythic Quest, Apple TV+’s show and Ubisoft reaffirmed that they will be working together more. Seems that 80’s themes are running ripe this year as it will be used for some vanity items in Crew 2. Rubber ducks were showcased in Division 2.
Ubisoft provided a quick preview glance at Spiritfarer touted as a managing the dying process. Huh? It will be released later in the year. Trials Rising will get a new addition called the “gigatrack” which will be the longest track available in Trials. That is coming out Thursday and will be free for players.
The Forward Event
Everyone was excited to get word about Watch Dogs Legion. Ubisoft delighted with a cinematic trailer of WDL and showcased the game’s ability to allow one to play anyone that you see mechanics. Here’s a glance at the trailer:
Watch Dogs Legion will be out in the fall. Predicted date is October, 29, 2020 for the PS4, Xbox One, and the PC. Other releases will be out at a later date according to the company. Smart Delivery is a thing now, and Phil Spencer stated that the game will support it.
Other notable info: Brawlhalla is coming out on mobile on August 6, 2020. Elite Squad is out August 27, 2020.
Hyperscape will be a battle royale based on a future that is full of paranoia. We’ve seen this type of settings many times before. Tall shiny skyscrapers, future tech all throughout the streets, cars that either hover or fly, future fashion clothing – but it all reeks of familiarity. It would of been nice if something more original happened here. Also how saturated is the battle royal genre at the moment? Can we get something different. There’s a open beta for the PC available.
Some actual REAL gameplay was featured from Assassin’s Creed. Everything looked pretty much like things look in Assassins Creed. You can still go around sneaking about and killing people, but no the game has some pretty ridiculous aspects to it. You can now clobber it out with wild animals – think grizzly bears, as well as wield dual shields. Not sure of the direction the game is going in – it used to be pretty engaging. But, now things are just getting silly.
And of course…. the build up that everyone watching the event was waiting for. The Far Cry 6 peek. Ubisoft didn’t disappoint with the long and dramatic trailer. It featured the talented Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) as the cities dictator hell bent on controlling everything and everyone in it. The character’s son, Diego, also plays a large part in the game. Release is slated for Feb 18, 2021 for the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and next-gen consoles.
According to Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot, there will be another Ubisoft Forward Event later in the summer.