Ubisoft E3 2016: South Park, Eagles, Starships and more!
In addition to the first person shooters and thrillers that Ubisoft has become synonymous with, this year's conference was littered with lots of fun and upbeat games that truly show off how versatile Ubisoft is when it comes to producing games for everyone.
South Park - The Fractured but Whole
Trey Parker and Matt Stone joined Ubisoft's senior producer, Jason Schroeder, on stage to give everyone a glimpse of the new South Park game The Fractured but Whole. It is a direct continuation from the 2014 hit The Stick of Truth. Players will continue playing as the new kid as he joins Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny in a new RPG adventure to hit back against the dark underbelly of South Park. You get to create your own superhero from a host of unique abilities and develop your character throughout the game and live up to Cartman's expectations. There are new gameplay features including the use of combat space, and players can stop time to plan attacks to optimize damage.
The Fractured but Whole is currently available for pre-purchase and, for a limited time, players who do purchase it will be able to get The Stick of Truth for free. The Fracture but Whole will release on December 6th and will be available on XBox One, PS4 and on Steam for PC.
The first VR title to get discussed in Ubisoft's conference was Eagle Flight. The game is set in a World which has been taken over by animals and plants but the cities still stand. As you can see in the reveal trailer, the iconic Eiffel Tower in France still stands, and players get to explore Paris from a unique viewpoint as Eagles. In a multiplayer mode of up to 6 people, you engage in dogfights to protect your territory or in "capture the flag" type games for food.
Eagle Flight will be out in the Fall and will be available on all VR systems.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
There have been numerous Star Trek games in the past. Some have been RPG and others have been about discovering "strange new worlds." But now, with the arrival of VR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew allows you to take your place on the helm and command your own starship. The USS Aegis is a new Starfleet ship which has been sent out on a mission to find a new Vulcan homeworld. Players must team up with other players and control the starship from engineering duties to tactical. To discuss the game, conference host, Aisha Tyler, was joined on stage by Levar Burton, who played Geordi LeForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation. The actor was excited to be finally able to command a starship rather than being in engineering. Fans of the show will remember that Geordi LeForge wore a visor similar to a VR headset.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be available on all major VR systems in the Fall.
From the UK-based Ubisoft Reflections comes a follow-up of their small, experimental title Grow Home. The new title, Grow Up, sees the little robot known as BUD (or Botanical Utility Droid) exploring the wideness of space in search of the remains of his spacecraft MOM. With the help of his new friend POD, BUD must use his knowledge of plants and their weird capabilities to discover and explore the Worlds around him to gather all the parts of MOM.
The game will be available to download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and will release this August.
Trails of the Blood Dragon
After the events of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, the children of the all-American cyber hero Rex Power Colt are now taking on all opposition in Vietnam War 4 using methods which would seem weird and foreign to their father. With the use of BMX-style stunt bikes and their own cyber-enhanced bodies, Rex's children are flying, crashing and soaring their way to victory. Music for the game is produced by the Austrailian duo Power Glove.
The game is available to download now for Xbox One, PS4, and PC for $14.99.
Just Dance 2017
Just when you thought that Just Dance was getting old, Ubisoft announced that this October fans will be able to dance to even more tracks in Just Dance 2017. As well as all the usual platforms PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii, and Wii U, Just Dance 2017 will also be launching digitally on PC and has been confirmed for the Nintendo NX.
There will be 40 tracks available for you to dance the night away to. Some of the tracks include:
- “Sorry” – Justin Bieber
- “DADDY” – Psy Ft. CL of 2NE1
- “Cheap Thrills” – Sia Ft. Sean Paul
- “Lean On” – Major Lazer Ft. MØ & DJ Snake
- “Worth It” – Fifth Harmony Ft. Kid Ink
- “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen
- “PoPiPo” – Hatsune Miku
- “Radical” – Dyro & Dannic
- “El Tiki” – Maluma
- “September” – Equinox Stars
- “What Is Love” – Ultraclub 90
A new feature being added to the game will be a mode called the Just Dance Machine which will challenge you to perform different kinds of dance such as flamenco, ballet, and the cancan. Players will also get to use familiar features, yet again, such as the Just Dance Controller App, the Dance Quest challenge mode and the Sweat + Playlist fitness mode.
As well as the games featured in my fellow writers Ubisoft coverage, the games mentioned above only go to show that Ubisoft are makers of big games as well as smaller projects and that they cater for a huge range of people.
Have these games whet your appetite? Are you already planning which new Ubisoft games you are going to purchase this year? Maybe you aren't so happy with the announcements today? Either way, let us know what you think below.