Ubisoft held its first entirely digital event meant to showcase its rumored games, updates, and big reveals with everything that's going on in the world. Players were especially looking forward to news on Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Hyper Scape.
Far Cry 6
After some leaks and rumors about Far Cry 6, Ubisoft officially announced the sixth title in its wildly successful Far Cry series. Ubisoft also confirmed Far Cry 6 would release for Microsoft Windows, Google Stadia, and the current and next-generation Xbox and PlayStation systems on February 18th, 2021.
One particularly exciting announcement coming out of Ubisoft Forward is the casting of Giancarlo Esposito. Many know this actor as "Gus Fring" from the Breaking Bad series. No one is better qualified to portray the type of ruthless villain the Far Cry series is known for. Other than the release date and casting announcement, there wasn't much outside of its world premiere trailers. That means fans will have to wait for more information while speculating whether Far Cry 6 will be a prequel.
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
Ubisoft confirmed the release date for their newest Assassin's Creed title is November 17th, 2020, for the PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. However, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla won't release on the next generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles until later in 2020.
Any news on Assassin's Creed: Valhalla is welcoming to see after allegations of sexual misconduct forced many Ubisoft staff to step down, including Valhalla's creative director, Ashraf Ismail. The demo was impressive for what it was, but many answers went unanswered at Ubisoft Forward. The demo showed some cutscenes and some real-life footage of the team visiting Norway to feel Viking culture. The gameplay trailer shows raids, new weapon gameplay, and new finishers.
Many felt Assassin's Creed: Valhalla would be very different from other AC titles as Vikings weren't known for their stealth as much as they were known for their brutal combat. However, the trailer shown at Ubisoft Forward confirmed there would be a stealth aspect to the game, meaning AC: Valhalla shares more with previous titles other than the Assassin's Creed name itself.
Watch Dogs: Legion
Since Watch Dogs: Legion was announced at E3 in 2019, gamers have spent the past year speculating the release date after being pushed back from a March 2020 release. We now know that Ubisoft is finally letting players dive into its futuristic post-Brexit setting on October 29th, 2020. Unfortunately, those looking to play on the next-generation consoles will have to wait until later in 2020.
Fortunately, there are only two months after October 29th, so it won't be a very long wait for those who don't want to grab the title for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, or Microsoft Windows. Ubisoft also showed exciting gameplay mechanics like recruiting just about any NPC for your cause and a Far Cry style system of completing missions and challenges in a specific area to earn the locals' trust and influence.
PC players rejoice, as the long-awaited Hyper Scape is available for open beta. Hyper Scape is Ubisoft's answer to EA's Apex Legends, Epic's Fortnite, and Activision's Call of Duty: Warzone. Ubisoft did indeed confirm that Hyper Scape will be free-to-play with expected battle-royale-type transactions and a battle pass.
However, Ubisoft tries something different with Hyper Scape through a Twitch integration that allows Twitch streamers to play directly with their viewers. There isn't a revive system in place for Hyper Scape in its traditional sense. Instead, you'll be a sort of ghost on the battlefield that helps call out opponents as you and any living teammate will have to have intense coordination as you work your way to respawn points.
Hyper Scape also has an exciting game mode that occurs after the battle royale circle closes in, which turns the game into a "king of the hill" style match. With Hyper Scape, Ubisoft tries many different things to set itself aside from other battle royale titles, so hopefully, it helps casual gamers and streamers alike out of their battle royale genre fatigue.
Unfortunately, other games some gamers were looking forward to like Gods & Monsters and Rainbow Six Quarantine wasn't on this Ubisoft Forward showcase. However, Ubisoft did confirm they will be holding another Ubisoft Forward event, so hopefully, other upcoming Ubisoft titles will spotlight.
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