Ubisoft Forward

Today, Ubisoft held its first fully digital conference called Ubisoft Forward. In this E3-style showcase, we saw exclusive game news and exciting reveals from one of the industries biggest game developers. Let’s take a look at all the news from today’s event!

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Watch Dogs Legion gets a release date

Watch Dogs Legion has been on my radar ever since I went hands-on with it last year at E3 2019. Then, in late October, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Watch Dogs Legion developer Lathieeshe Thillainathan. After learning about the character dialogue, recruitment system and the differences between character classes, I was even more excited for the game.

Originally scheduled to launch March 6, 2020, the game was delayed to an unspecified date. Naturally, the delay announcement was disappointing. Though, I understand that Ubisoft Toronto felt that it wasn’t ready and they needed more time. Fast forward to today’s Ubisoft Forward Digital Event and we finally have a launch date, October 29, 2020!

Not only did we get a launch date but we also got confirmation that if you purchase either Xbox One or PS4 versions of the game, you’ll get the Xbox Series X or PS5 versions for free. One of the most interesting aspects of Watch Dogs Legion is the ability to recruit and play as anyone you come across in the game. As part of Ubisoft Forward, I was able to go hands-on for 4 hours with Watch Dogs Legion. Come check out my thoughts, impressions and gameplay video.

Watch Dogs Legion launches October 29, 2020 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia and PC.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla launches this November

Another high profile AAA Ubisoft title received a release date today at Ubisoft Forward. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the latest entry into the beloved franchise is launching November 17, 2020. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla follows the epic saga of Eivor, a fierce Viking raider raised on tales of battle and glory.

The game brings players to a beautiful and mysterious open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages. Players can take advantage of new features, including raids, growing their settlements and building their power in a quest to earn a place among the gods in Valhalla.

And, following the trend, if you purchase the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 versions of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, you’ll get the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 version of the game for free. As part of Ubisoft Forward, I was able to go hands-on for 3 hours with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Come check out my thoughts, impressions and gameplay video.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla drops November 17, 2020 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia and PC.

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Hyper Scape PC Open Beta announced

Hyper Scape, Ubisoft’s free-to-play fast-paced battle royale first person shooter was announced earlier this month and launched into closed beta. Today, Ubisoft announced that Hyper Scape has now moved to public open beta. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Hyper Scape takes place in the year 2054, where up to 100 Contenders descend upon the virtual city of Neo-Arcadia to engage in action-packed and fast-paced matches to be crowned champion.

During this open beta, Hyper Scape will introduce Crown Rush Solo, a 100-player free-for-all version of its main Battle Royale mode, on top of the previously available 3-player squad mode Crown Rush Squad. Moreover, there are two new limited time modes: Hack Runner Squad and Turbo Mode Squad.

Finally, the open beta introduces one new hack and weapon, Shockwave and Harpy respectively. These additions build on the previously available nine weapons and nine hacks from the Technical Test. Hyper Scape is scheduled to launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this summer.

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Far Cry 6 announced

Ubisoft Forward ended with the announcement that Far Cry 6 is currently in development and is scheduled to release February 18, 2021. Developed by Ubisoft Toronto, Far Cry 6 brings in Hollywood-calibre talent including Emmy Award Nominee Giancarlo Esposito to bolster the narrative experience.

Far Cry 6 takes you into the heart of a modern-day guerrilla revolution set in Yara, a tropical paradise frozen in time. President Antón Castillo vows to restore his country to its former glory while grooming his son Diego to follow in his footsteps. By the President enriching his country means subjugating those who don’t follow and agree with his vision.

In this island nation in turmoil, players experience the chaos of guerrilla combat as they are swept up in a revolutionary movement to take down a tyrant. And, you guessed it, if you purchase the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 versions of the game, you’ll get the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 version of the game for free.

Far Cry 6 launches February 18, 2021 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Stadia and PC.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Ian,

    I really like what I played of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, it felt like a fresh take on the series. Hyper Scape does look interesting. I’m looking forward to it later this summer when it comes to PS4 and Xbox One.

  2. Ubisoft showed off some great games today.

    Watch Dogs: Legion looks like it has a really interesting premise.

    For years it seems that Assassin’s Creed has been moving away from its roots, and Valhalla is no different. I do think the Viking premise will draw a lot of new fans to the series.

    The Far Cry 6 trailer looks amazing. I’m sure that is drawing a lot of buzz.

    The game that seemed most interesting to me was Hyper Scape. It kind of reminds me of the Oasis from Ready Player One, but I really like the graphics. I definitely want to see more of this game.

    I was really hoping to see Gods & Monsters, or whatever the new name is for it, but it seems that will have to wait until the next Ubisoft Forward later this year.

    Thanks for the write up Jon!

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