Ubisoft Forward Live

With summer just around the corner and Summer Game Fest in full swing, Ubisoft showcased and announced new and upcoming video games today during their Ubisoft Forward Live 2023 digital event. In an E3-style showcase, we saw exclusive game news and exciting reveals from one of the industry’s biggest game developers.

Announced during the Xbox Games Showcase 2023, Ubisoft showcased a gameplay walkthrough breakdown of Star Wars Outlaws and Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown. Additionally, they announced a Skull and Bones closed beta, a Jet Set Radio crosser over with Roller Champions and more!

Let’s take a look at some of the significant highlights from today’s event!

New details about upcoming Assassin’s Creed games

Today, at the Ubisoft Forward Live event, Ubisoft shared new information about the upcoming Assassin’s Creed games: Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR, and Assassin’s Creed Codename Jade.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage

Assassin’s Creed Mirage pays homage to the series and specifically honors the first Assassin’s Creed game. It takes place in ninth-century Baghdad, during a time known as its Golden Age. The game is centered around Basim’s journey, who starts as a street thief and becomes a skilled assassin. The game incorporates modern versions of parkour, stealth, and assassinations. All, which have been key elements of the franchise for over fifteen years.

Throughout the game, you’ll confront the Order of the Ancients and unravel the mysteries behind Basim’s haunting visions. Assassin’s Creed Mirage is set to release on October 12, 2023. It will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Amazon Luna, and PC.

Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR

Coming holiday 2023, Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR marks the first high-quality virtual reality game in the franchise. Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR will include fan favourite characters from the series, such as Ezio Auditore da Firenze in Renaissance Italy, Kassandra in Ancient Greece, and Connor in Colonial America. Each character will be playable within an entirely new story specially designed for VR. The game will be available on Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest 3, and Meta Quest Pro VR devices.

Assassin’s Creed Codename Jade

Today, Ubisoft announced a collaboration with Level Infinite to release Assassin’s Creed Codename Jade. In this game, you will have the chance to explore a vast open-world set in ancient China during the third century BC. For the first time in the franchise, you will have the ability to personalize the appearance of your character. As you progress through the game, you will confront desert raiders and work towards uncovering and dismantling various conspiracies. Along the way, you will take on increased responsibilities and encounter new challenges, from the Great Wall to the imperial capital of Xianyang.

Release date and new gameplay revealed for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is a standalone adventure set in the world of Avatar. The game is being created in collaboration with James Cameron’s production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, and Disney. In this game, you will explore and safeguard a never-before-seen continent of Pandora called the Western Frontier.

You awaken on Pandora after being taken away as a child and raised by the RDA, a human militaristic corporation. As a stranger in your own homeland, you must confront the return of the RDA and their threat to Pandora. Along the way, you will also reconnect with your ancestral heritage and discover the true essence of being Na’vi. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is set to be released on December 7, 2023. It will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Amazon Luna, and PC.

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XDefiant launch date announced

XDefiant has been in closed beta over the last several months. Today, Mark Rubin, Executive Producer on the game, revealed that the game will launch later this summer on Xbox Series X|S, PS5 and PC. We also learned that during the game’s first year there are 12 new maps and weapons planned as well as new game modes. Those who haven’t had a chance to participate in the closed beta will be able to play for free from June 21-23.

Ubisoft unveils The Crew Motorfest and announces release date

The Crew Motorfest takes place on the island of O‘ahu in Hawaii. You’ll explore various environments, including the city streets of Honolulu, volcanic slopes, rainforests, winding mountain roads, and sunny beaches. A key aspect of the Motorfest experience is the Playlists. These are themed campaigns that offer unique and exciting experiences related to car culture.

Each Playlist is carefully designed to immerse players in different car culture universes through tailored races, themed events, and challenges. You will be able to dive into the world of American Muscle cars, participate in Japan-inspired night racing scenes, or showcase your skills in competitions using legendary classic cars. Ubisoft announced that at launch, there will be over a dozen Playlists available and over 610 vehicles will be available at launch. The Crew Motorfest will launch on September 14th, 2023 and be available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|, Xbox One, PC and Amazon Luna.

Just Dance 2024 Edition details and launch date announced

What would a Ubisoft live event be without an announcement about Just Dance. Today during Ubisoft Forward Live, the next game in the #1 music video game franchise of all time is coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch on October 24, 2023. With 40 new songs, this year’s entry expands on its dance-on-demand platform with new content slated all year long. Additionally, Just Dance 2024 Edition has a new feature that allows players to dance along to tracks online with their friends who own Just Dance 2023, and the reverse is also possible.

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