Ubisoft has historically been E3’s biggest risk-taker when it comes to stage shows.
This is the company that inexplicably introduced us to Mr. Caffeine, only a year after interrupting its own press conference with a hectic Battle Tag demo. Even in 2018, years removed from presentational gimmicks being commonplace at E3, its conference included two live performances. Yet behind the spectacle sits an exciting catalogue of franchises, and a track record of big E3 announcements. Its shows continuously balance the predictable with the not, making Ubisoft one of E3’s most intriguing presenters.
Ubisoft E3 staples and surprises
Predictably, we expect to see franchises like Just Dance, The Division, For Honor, and Rainbow Six, which have become staples in Ubisoft’s show. We should also see Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the recently announced follow-up to 2016’s Wildlands set for an October 4 release date.
However, it’s the unpredictability that makes Ubisoft so intriguing. The company recently shared it has three unannounced AAA games coming before March 2020, potentially setting the stage for a trio of big E3 reveals. Fans have long awaited a new Splinter Cell. Could Sam Fisher’s return be Ubi’s big announcement to close out the show?
Nintendo Switch games have had a presence on Ubisoft’s stage each of the past two E3s, with Mario + Rabbids in 2017 and Star Fox in Starlink in 2018. Will this relationship lead to another collaboration, or perhaps a Mario + Rabbids sequel?
Expect Watch Dogs Legion, don’t expect Assassin’s Creed
We know we’ll be seeing more Watch Dogs Legion after its recent leak and official confirmation, but that still leaves a lot of rumors whirling around that could be confirmed at their show. There’s Roller Champions, Ubi’s purported Rocket League-esque game, and Ubisoft Pass, the company’s reported EA Access-like subscription service. Should these leaks prove true, we’ll almost certainly see both revealed on the E3 stage.
Equally notable are three games we don’t expect to see. Following its delay into 2020, Ubisoft announced Skull & Bones won’t be at this year’s show. We also know Beyond Good and Evil 2 will be excluded from Ubi’s E3 2019 press conference, as the development team focuses “on core development milestones.” However, a BGE2 livestream will be held ahead of the show on June 5.
Assassin’s Creed, meanwhile, is taking the year off for only the third time in the franchise’s twelve-year history, as Ubi continues to focus on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s DLC rollout. An Easter Egg in The Division 2 points toward Vikings for the potential next AC game, but a 2020 release makes next year’s show a more probable destination for its announcement.
Ubisoft E3 2019 Conference Live Stream
Ubisoft is planning to stream its press conference live on Monday, June 10, at 1:00 PM PT, with IGN’s pre-show starting at 12:30 PM PT. For local times and additional streams and where and how to watch the stream, please check our E3 2019 Schedule.
Without Sony in its regular Monday night slot, Ubisoft only has to share the day with Square Enix. With this added breathing room and three potential AAA announcements, we’re hoping to see Ubisoft make a big splash at E3 2019. What do you hope to see from Ubi’s presentation? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to stay tuned to our E3 2019 hub for all the biggest updates from this year’s show.
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