When a new generation of consoles launches, that usually signals the start of new beginnings for existing franchises and the birth of IPs we’ve never seen before. Ubisoft has been one of the developers at the forefront of both ever since the PS4 and Xbox One launched back in 2013.
Ubisoft has a deep pool of brands and IPs to bring to the market each year and with what we expect them to show at E3 2015, Ubisoft could have the year they need to rebound from the 2014 they experienced. The firm’s biggest franchise is unquestionably Assassin’s Creed, and with an apparent focus on making this year’s iteration a high-quality single-player game, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is ditching multiplayer.
What has become one of the most anticipated Ubisoft titles is Tom Clancy’s The Division. This new IP was originally announced during Ubisoft’s E3 2013 press conference and it is scheduled to be in attendance next week. Finally, Rainbow Six: Siege was the surprise reveal of Ubisoft’s press conference at E3 2014. Scheduled to release this coming October, Ubisoft will surely be in position to showcase a lot more from the upcoming shooter.
Overall, we expect another Ubisoft-esque E3 2015, with a handful of flagship titles leading the way. It of course wouldn’t be a Ubisoft briefing if they didn’t have a surprise title or two. Here’s what we’re looking for from Ubisoft at E3 2015.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Last year was a bit of a speed bump for the wildly popular Assassin’s Creed franchise. In 2013, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag launched and it was perhaps one of the best iterations we had seen at the time. 2014’s launch was Assassin’s Creed Unity and it unfortunately was plagued by a myriad of bugs, which caused a world of frustration for players.
Fast forward to today and we are looking forward to the next installment in the series, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Set in England during the industrial revolution, Jacob Frye is the new assassin who will take players into a new age of Assassin’s Creed. With an emphasis being placed on drivable carriages and some new gadgets for Frye, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will hope to be quite unique.
This will be the first game since Assassin’s Creed II to not include any sort of multiplayer. Each of the previous iterations either had competitive multiplayer or co-op, but this year, Ubisoft has decided to focus on the core, single-player experience of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
If we don’t see something from Assassin’s Creed Syndicate during the Microsoft press conference on Monday, June 15, then we’ll be sure to see plenty during Ubisoft’s event. Assassin’s typically shows up at either Sony’s event or Microsoft’s, in addition to Ubisoft’s, so it’ll be interesting to see what is showcased. This will be the second Assassin’s Creed to hit PS4, Xbox One and PC only, and it’ll launch on Oct. 23.
Rainbow Six: Siege
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 was the last time we saw the Rainbow Six franchise, but that absence is nearly over. Ubisoft is delivering Rainbow Six: Siege on Oct. 13 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
With a number of new characters, modes and gameplay, Rainbow Six: Siege is setting up to be one of the year’s must-have shooters. Ubisoft recently announced that people will be able to play as the FBI or SWAT in Rainbow Six: Siege.
Ubisoft hasn’t said a whole lot about the game’s single-player, so we’re hoping they reveal some new information about how in-depth it’ll be at E3. The game will have a deep multiplayer experience, but it remains to be seen what Rainbow Six: Siege’s single-player will turn out looking like.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
In what seems to be the game that has endless delays, Tom Clancy’s The Division is also expected to show up at E3 2015. The game is scheduled to launch sometime during the early part of next year, but there is still quite a lot to learn about The Division before then.
We know the game will be always online and will be an open-world within the massive city of New York City. PvP will be a strong fixture for the title, though specifics regarding modes, maps and matchmaking are currently scarce.
The Division does have a narrative to it, but what it exactly is about is anyone’s guess at this point. Developer Massive Entertainment has been very broad about the game’s story, but perhaps E3 2015 will be the time when we learn more about the game’s story.
We don’t have a release date for Tom Clancy’s The Division quite yet. The game will be released for the PS4, Xbox One and PC only when it does debut early next year.
New game announcements
Each year at E3, Ubisoft has become known for debuting a new brand or reintroducing a franchise, and we expect E3 2015 to be no different. A few weeks back, a Ubisoft developer listed Watch Dogs 2 on their resume, confirming the existence of a sequel to the extremely popular new IP.
Whether or not Ubisoft actually reveals the game at E3 2015 remains to be seen, but it wouldn’t be totally surprising if they did. Another franchise we’ve heard whispers about is the Prince of Persia IP. Certain information has surfaced every now and again, but nothing has come up in quite a while. E3 2015 would be a prime time for Ubisoft to announce a new Prince of Persia.
Ubisoft will host their E3 2015 press conference this coming Monday, June 15. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on all of the news that comes out of the show.