Ubisoft held another Ubisoft Forward yesterday and the company opened the event by confirming that they are strengthening their efforts towards diversity inclusion with two specific programs. This comes after backlash towards Ubisoft in regards to various misconduct and sexual harassment allegations as well as the use of Black Lives Matter imagery in one of their games. It is good to see a company acknowledging their problems and actively attempting to rectify it.
There were some interesting game reveals and announcements from the event so let’s have a look at some of the most eye catching announcements from Ubisoft.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game- The Complete Edition
After being delisted back in 2013, the beloved fan favourite Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game is finally back and coming to various platforms. The Complete Edition will feature all of the DLC from the original, such as the two DLC characters Knives Chau and Wallace Wells. The pixel based beat em up was loved by fans everywhere after its release back in 2010, myself included. It also has- in my humble opinion- one of the best video game soundtracks of all time. The American chiptune based rock and pop band Anamanaguchi completely smashed it out of the park with their soundtrack for the game. I had the track “Just Like in the Movies” as my ringtone for several years. Seriously, check it out if you haven’t heard the soundtrack before. Or even if you have, it deserves a replay. With addictively fun gameplay and a distinctive style, Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game is sure to attract a whole new generation of gamers whilst also pleasing us die-hard fans.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game- The Complete Edition is due for release this holiday season for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Google Stadia.
Immortals: Fenyx Rising
The Ubisoft game in development known as Gods and Monsters has now got a brand new title: Immortals: Fenyx Rising. The action adventure title got a premiere trailer and an overview of gameplay at the Ubisoft Forward event and it is looking like an interesting take on the RPG genre. Set in world based upon Greek mythology, the player takes on the role of Fenyx- a fully customisable demi god. In their quest to defeat Typhon- a God from Greek mythology described as a monster with a hundred dragons head (yikes) – Fenyx will need to obtain and wield various powers from the Grecian gods to gain the strength and experience to face Typhon. The setting and focus on Greek mythology is definitely giving me some God of War vibes, though significantly tamed down in terms of violence and themes etc. Those who got hands on experience with the game were reminded of the Zelda game Breath of the Wild during their time with Immortals: Fenyx Rising. This is not a bad comparison by any means but I hope this reminiscence doesn’t strip the game of its individuality. There is so much potential with this premise so I hope that Immortals is able to find its own feet when it is released rather than feel like Ubisoft’s answer to one of Nintendo’s most popular games.
Immortals: Fenyx Rising is set from release on December 3rd 2020 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, PC and Google Stadia.
A brand new IP from the creators of the winter sports game Steep, Riders Republic is set to be a massively multiplayer online extreme sports game experience. Whilst Steep was confined to snowy settings such as mountain peaks, Riders Republic will have a huge variation of terrains for players to traverse on their bikes. But biking isn’t the only sport you can engage in. Wing suit sport, skiing and snowboarding will also be available. Large multiplayer competitions appear to be the main feature being marketed for Riders Republic but solo and co-op will also be possible. The bigger multiplayer races will be able to manage 50 or more players, which could be fun if done right. It could also be a lot of chaos with little control. Not to say that wouldn’t be fun either but focusing on such large scale multiplayer features will be a difficult task for Ubisoft to pull off. The game will feature virtual versions of the real life US national parks, such as Sequoia Park and Yosemite Valley and of course, you will be able to customise your rider accordingly. We already got a look at some of the weird and wonderful outfits that can be equipped in the trailer. Prepare for plenty of punk rock panda bears. Again, there is potential here as long as it is executed in the right way.
Riders Republic is due for release on February 25th 2021 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC.
Watch Dogs: Legion: Stormzy Collab, Recruitment and Aidan Pearce
So this one was less of a reveal- we already knew of the game and its October release – but there was a bit more information about the third instalment in the Watch Dogs franchise. The game will be collaborating with British artist Stormzy and we got to listen to a bit of a song that the artist looks to be performing in game. I hope they release it alongside the game because it’s definitely a bop. Stormzy will also have his own in-game mission, but it is unclear whether he will be a recruitable character. That would be pretty awesome if so. There was more info on recruiting and how it works too. One of the most unique aspects of the game is that there isn’t just one playable protagonist. Instead, the player can recruit almost anyone from the streets of London to their cause. With tons of characters with a wide variety of skills, the game is tailored entirely to how you play as an individual as you can pick and choose who you recruit. If you want to only recruit the most highly skilled and adept agents, that’s fine. If you want to only recruit the elderly and lunatics, that is fine too. Much like the other games that Ubisoft showed off at their Forward Event, Watch Dogs: Legion has a lot of potential and could be amazing and super fun if they can pull it off. Personally, I’m also excited for this game because of the setting. Not to be rude but I think that Americans tend to take for granted how cool it is to see your home replicated digitally within a video game. Like New York with 2018’s Spider-Man or Boston in 2015’s Fallout 4, it can be so impressive to see the amount of detail that developers go into to recreate a specific location. America gets a lot of attention in a lot of media forms. England does too but it always tends to be in fantasy or historical settings. We don’t often get contemporary games set in England and when they are, it is always in London. Whilst this is the case for Watch Dogs: Legion– set in a fictional London under the control of constant surveillance- it is still awesome to see England getting some love in a triple A game. I don’t live in London but I don’t live that far away from our capital and have been there many times so I’m really excited to be able to pause the game, point at the screen and say to myself “I’ve been there!” or “That’s where I got completely lost that one time!” As well as a cool location, the fan favourite protagonist from the first Watch Dogs- Aidan Peace– will be making a return with his own mission in DLC expansion. I really hope Watch Dogs: Legion can pull off their unusual but innovative take on the playable character. If so, it could be one of the best games of the year.
Watch Dogs: Legion is due for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia on October 29th 2020. The game will also be coming to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X later this year.
These are just a few of the announcements from Ubisoft’s Forward event. Other reveals included a Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake, Rainbow Six Siege for next gen as well as a Rainbow Six Siege World Cup announcement, Hyper Scape: Turbo Mode, Far Cry VR and more. Have a look at Ubisoft’s official website for more.