Ah, Ubisoft… typically not one of my favorite E3 press conferences. Will they surprise me this year?
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Ubisoft’s E3 2017 Press Conference
Ubisoft’s conference began with the official reveal of the leaked Mario and Rabbids crossover for the Switch, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. I was skeptical about this game from the moment I first saw the rumors, and by “skeptical,” I mean I was pretty negative toward it.
But you know… it doesn’t look as bad as I expected. I’m still not crazy about Rabbids, but it might be a decent turn-based strategy game. Grant Kirkhope is composing music for it, too, which is another point in its favor.
After that, they showed Assassin’s Creed Origins again, including a little bit of the E3 demo.
Next up was The Crew 2, and then South Park: The Fractured but Whole, neither of which I have any interest in.
They followed that with Transference, a VR thriller. I’m not a fan of VR, but the concept behind this game seems cool, since it’s set in the “digital recreation of a mind.” (I’m currently playing Steins;Gate 0, which is probably part of why that concept caught my attention.)
And after that, they revealed a new pirate game called Skull & Bones. Again, it’s probably not a game I’ll get (unless they announce a single-player story mode), but it still looks really cool.
After the pirates, it was time for some Just Dance 2018 music, then a South Park mobile game called South Park: Phone Destroyer, and then a game about space battles called Starlink: Battle for Atlas. It also looks intriguing, although it’s open world and has a toys-to-life element, so I’ll probably pass.
Next they discussed Steep and showed off Far Cry 5, neither of which I’m particularly interested in.
And finally, they revealed an unusual trailer that turned out to be for… Beyond Good and Evil 2??
I haven’t played the original Beyond Good & Evil, but I watched a playthrough. This isn’t quite what I expected. For one thing, it’s a prequel, but it also seems to have a massive tonal shift from the first game. I’m uncertain about it, but we’ll see what happens.
My ambivalence over Beyond Good and Evil 2’s tone aside, this was one of the most enjoyable Ubisoft press conferences I’ve seen… and I can’t get over how Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle looks so much better than I expected!
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