To follow up from Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3 and Minecraft on the Xbox 360 is no easy feat, but Ubisoft tried their hardest to not be an afterthought in today’s round of press conferences, especially with it being their 25th Anniversary.
- Michel Ansel, original creator of the Rayman franchise, states that Rayman Origins is his way of reviving his love for the franchise. Origins will be out Autumn 2011
- Aaron Priceman, aka Mr. Caffiene gives us three taglines, starting with “Gaming is Adventure”, wanting us to be badass – How? Driver: San Fransisco is announced, August 30 2011 for US, September 2 for Europe
- Dan Hay gives us a demonstration of FarCry 3, trailer and gameplay, due in 2012
- Randy Pitchford from Gearbox announces a collaboration between them and Ubisoft, Brothers In Arms: The Furious Four, Due out 2012 – looks like Borderlands in WW2 setting
- Paramount and Ubisoft are bringing us Tintin, endorsed by Spielberg and Peter Jackson, “Coming Soon” – promising, but carries expectations of game/movie marriages failing
- Also Tenth Anniversary of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series, meaning Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is announced, due for 2012
- Ghost Recon Online is announced in conjunction with GR: FS – Free To Play, to be compatible with Future, PC only. Beta open for application ((Go to www.ghostrecononline.com for more information on that and to sign up))
- Trackmania 2: Canyon is announced for PC – customisable cars and tracks, beta is next month in July, with the full retail version out by September – the trailer is made by in-game footage, higly impressive. Maniaplanet is hyped up, with Shootmania and Questmania – FPS and RPG versions of Trackmania are also hyped up.
- Raving Rabids: Alive and Kicking announcedfor the Kinect, it involves kicking and smashing Rabids – I fail to see how this could be bad. Out November 8th
- Just Dance 3 is announced with footage of regular people playing. More of the same, though not necessary a bad thing. Due out by the end of 2011
- Rocksmith, a big twist on the now defunct Rock Band and Guitar Hero brands, actually teaches how to play rather than just go “Red, red, red, blue, blue, green, Whammy bar” – Half Music Teacher, half What the genre needed to rejuvenate it, due to be released in October in USA
- Your Shape sequel to be released in November – Ubisoft aim to burn a total of One Billion calories according to the trailer, best of luck with that.
- Least Surprising Announcement Award of this Conference, Assasin’s Creed: Revelations – Out in November 2011, the game features Ezio, Altair and Desmond. Ezio is a buff badass for an old man, like Galuf levels of awesome. The trailer is promising, and seems to shun conceptions of becoming stale with Ezio’s story, the gameplay also looking fluid. Still life in this title yet, though may be last time we see Ezio, judging by his last stand.
What did you guys make of Ubisoft’s offerings? Disappointed by another year without Beyond Good and Evil 2? Rocksmith threatens to be the most impressive announcement in my opinion.