Ubisoft Forward

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E3 2021 officially kicked off today with Ubisoft Forward. Today’s show was filled with exciting news and first looks and some spectacular video games. Here’s a look at some of the hottest news and games from today’s event!

Rainbow Six Siege and Cross-Progression Crossplay Launch Dates Revealed

Since its launch, over 5 years ago, more than 70 million people have played Ubisoft’s tactical shooter, Rainbow Six Siege. And, on June 30, more players will be able to play together than ever before. Come June 30, Rainbow Six Siege launches on Stadia and players on PC, Stadia and Amazon Luna will be able to play together and have unified account progression with the launch of crossplay and cross-progression. Then, in early 2022, players on Xbox and PlayStation will be able to team up and face off as crossplay comes to consoles, and cross-progression launches across all platforms.

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction Launches on September 16

Today at Ubisoft Forward, Ubisoft announced that the next mainline installment in the Rainbow Six franchise, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction will launch on September 16, 2021 with full cross-play, cross-save and cross-progression on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Amazon Luna, Stadia and PC.

Three years ago, in the town of Truth and Consequences, a meteor crashed releasing an unknown parasite. A handful of operators from Rainbow Six Siege seemingly contained the initial outbreak. That is, until the Chimera parasite appeared in multiple sites across the U.S. and deadlier than ever. As a result, the Rainbow Exogenous Analysis & Containment Team (REACT) was formed.

Rainbow Six Extraction is a brand new tactical co-op PvE experience where players join the REACT Team and assemble a one to three-player squad to confront mysterious alien creatures. Players can choose from 18 Rainbow Six operators, each equipped with specialized REACT gear, weapons, gadgets and abilities to learn and master. After completing each objective, players must choose: extract and collect their rewards or push deeper to face tougher enemies and earn greater rewards in a chaotic and intense experience.

Pre-order Rainbow Six Extraction

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope announced

In a surprise announcement at today’s Ubisoft Forward, Ubisoft revealed that Mario, Rabbid Peach and friends are back in a brand new adventure. In Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, players embark on a journey to restore order against Cursa and its dangerous minions. Cursa is inflicting chaos on the planets while seeking to consume all the energy of the Sparks, uncanny creatures formed by the fusion of Lumas and Rabbids.

Filled with innovative combats mixing turn-based tactics and real-time movements, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope allows you to travel and explore a variety of planets filled with strange inhabitants and hilarious secrets. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope launches in 2022 on Nintendo Switch.

Pre-orders for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope are coming soon to Best Buy Canada

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Riders Republic launches September 2, 2021

During today’s event, Ubisoft announced that its massive multiplayer outdoor sports playground game, Riders Republic, is launching September 2, 2021. It will be available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Stadia, Luna and PC. And, it will support cross-play and cross-generation play, allowing players to connect with friends and other riders on all platforms.

Riders Republic allows players to jump into a social playground. From there, they can experience the thrill of outdoor sports and roam freely with their friends. Along with your friends, you can compete in an exciting range of sports such as biking, skiing, snowboarding, wingsuiting and rocket wingsuiting.

Players can squad up with or against friends in insane multiplayer modes:

  • Mass Races: Multisport races with more than 50 players. New races appear randomly on the map, so players will need to remain agile with their skills as they fight their way to the finish line.
  • Tricks Battle: Compete in 6v6 matchups and try to land as many tricks as possible on the various modules to earn points. The team with the highest score wins.
  • Free-for-All: Challenge new opponents in 12-player sessions and show them how it’s done through a select playlist of exciting events.
  • Versus Mode: Join up with friends and see who’s the best.
  • Multiplayer Competition: Made for the top riders to show off and show out, ultimately making it to the top divisions.

Pre-order Riders Republic

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Just Dance 2022 launches November 4, 2021 with 40 new tracks

Just Dance 2022, the newest installment of the #1 music video game franchise of all time, is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Stadia on November 4, 2021. This year’s game gives players even more ways to dance:

  • 40 New Songs and Universes: Level up your dance skills with chart-topping hits and viral internet phenomena, including: “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels” by Todrick Hall, “Believer” by Imagine Dragons, “Level Up” by Ciara and more!
  • More Than 700 Songs in Just Dance Unlimited

Available on all platforms, the Just Dance Controller App makes the game more accessible.  Using its phone-scoring technology, up to six players can play without any additional accessories. The Just Dance Controller App is available for free on iOS and Android.

Pre-order Just Dance 2022

Far Cry 6 Season Pass revealed

Launching October 7, 2021, Ubisoft revealed a first look at the Season Pass content coming to the first-person shooter, Far Cry 6 post-launch. Season Pass holders can switch perspectives and play as some of the series’ most notorious villains. Through each of the three DLC episodes, players will go into the minds of these infamous villains and uncover their backstories, battle their inner demons and reunite with familiar faces.

Additionally, Season Pass owners will get Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. In this game, players travel back in time and play as Sergeant Rex Colt, part man, part machine and take down their former commanding officer and his killer cyborgs. In addition to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, players will receive the Blood Dragon Set, which includes seven items usable in the Far Cry 6 main game.

Pre-order Far Cry 6

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Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Ubisoft closed out today’s Ubisoft Forward with one last surprise, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. Powered by the Snowdrop engine, Avatar: Frontiers is a first person, action-adventure game developed in collaboration with Lightstorm Entertainment and Disney.

In this new, standalone, extension of the Avatar universe, you play as a Na’vi. And, you embark on a journey across the Western Frontier, a never-before-seen part of Pandora. The game will be available on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia, Amazon Luna and PC.

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  1. Can everyone just dance already so that the Ubisoft team can take a well deserved year off from the franchise?

  2. I’m apparently out of the loop. Amazon Luna? After reading the comments I think I’ll have to check out this Mario + Rabbids on my new Switch.

  3. The Mario & Rabbids game was one of the most unexpectedly great games I’ve played on my Switch. I never even considered if they’d make another one, but I’ll grab that when it’s out. I always find that when Nintendo gets weird, Nintendo is at its best.

  4. It’s really cool that more companies are allowing their games to be crossplay. It has always been really frustrating when you have a console that your friend doesn’t, but you want to play the same game with each other. This really benefits companies because it entices player to keep playing their games; player populations will stay higher as they are not limited to one console. Hopefully this trend continues, spreading to other major studios.

    I wonder if the success of Mario + Rabbids will encourage Nintendo to lend out their IPs to other companies. Historically, Nintendo keeps their cards close to their chest, but in situations like this, all they need to do is give other studios permission to use their characters and they will get new, interesting games for their console without needing to invest a ton of time from their own offices.

    I am also really excited for Blood Dragon getting remastered. That game was awesome!

  5. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora looks amazing! I can hardly wait to try it.

    Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope also looks cool. The original didn’t grab me, but I’m looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.

    I’m also excited to see Rocksmith back with Rocksmith+. I signed up for the beta and really look forward to trying it out.

    Thanks Jon, I’m excited to see what else E3 has planned for us this year.

  6. The gameplay in Rainbow Six Extraction looks pretty good. Doesn’t really bring anything entirely new to the genre for the most part, but I do like the co-op aspect of it.

    I would play it even in single-player mode if I could.

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