Apart from announcing Assassin’s Creed Unity at E3 2014, Ubisoft announced these three big games.
Far Cry 4
Ubisoft kicked off this year’s E3 2014 with one of the most highly anticipated games on the company Far Cry 4, the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed shooter Far Cry 3. The next entry in the Far Cry franchise will leave humid jungles and scalding hot beaches behind in favor of the snow-covered mountains or Kyrat, a fictional region of the Himalayas.
This trailer also offers a first look at Far Cry 4‘s protagonist, Ajay Ghale, who travels to Kyrat in order to fulfil his mother’s dying wish and finds himself embroiled in the region’s civil war. Ajay’s passport and accent reveal him as being American and he can be seen briefly on Pagan’s camera screen. He and Min also seem to have some kind of personal connection, if Min’s statement that he recognizes Ajay’s eyes is anything to go by.
This is a cross-gen game though and because it’s being released on PS3 and Xbox 360, it’s unlikely to test the hardware of the PS4 and Xbox One. Available November 18 2014 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
The Division is a new take on the military shooter franchise, combining an open-world New York with tactical combat and deep RPG mechanics. Powered by the new Snowdrop Engine, The Division can be played solo but is largely being promoted as a cooperative game, with players invited to team up as different members of the Strategic Homeland Division and take New York back piece by piece.
The demonstration started out with an atmospheric CG trailer, which used a time-lapse recording to show the Big Apple’s slow decay into chaos. A gruff voice narrates in the background, before a hero emerges in the streets. The trailer culminates in a standoff steeped in the remains of a city neighborhood, before a rather villainous group wearing gas masks enters the fray. The Division is expected to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2015 or 2016.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
The last few years have not been kind to fans of the Rainbow Six series, despite the many years the franchise spent at the top of the heap of modern military shooters. Ubisoft sent the message that they had big plans for a new title when they unveiled target gameplay footage of Rainbow Six: Patriots – a game that was later suspended when the direction of the game ran into issues. But at E3 2014, the developers at Ubisoft Montreal showed a brand new direction for the series, Rainbow Six Siege.
In an era of fast-paced, twitch-based shooters, the slower-paced Rainbow Six franchise has been sorely missed. The fidelity and textures weren’t jaw-dropping by any means, but the gameplay loop that fans have been clamouring for seemed to be in full effect. Who knows – perhaps the visuals will be taken up a notch before its commercial release.
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