E3 2014 Ubisoft conference: AC Unity, Far Cry 4, Rainbow Six: Siege and more

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Ubisoft has always been good at the big events, the opening half of their E3 2014 conference lacked any gameplay, but we got to see Assassins Creed: Unity, a new fitness game called Shape Up and a big new announcement, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege.

To kick the conference off, we got our first trailer for Far Cry 4. The trailer involves a group trying to get through the Himalayas using what looks like forged passports. The bus is stopped and things get out of hand, just in time for the antagonist, Pagan Min, to arrive on the scene and take the protagonist as some sort of protege.

Far Cry 4 will be another open world game and once the player has got past the opening missions, the rest is up to them. We hope to see new interaction with the outside world and really get to grips with side-missions and choice, something Far Cry has failed to offer previously.

Next up on the list was Just Dance 2015, the big new announcement for the annual game was the integration of smartphones. Users will be able to connect and play for points using their smartphone instead of the Kinect or any other motion tracking accessory for consoles.

Tom Clancy’s The Division, slated for 2015 release, had another CGI trailer and brought the “real-side” to an apocalypse from within. The trailer starts with a mother crying due to her daughter’s illness and follows through the events in the early stages of the apocalypse and rundown of New York, finishing with The Division and another enemy group fighting in the streets.

The Crew is really becoming one of the most hyped games of the year, coming in November 11 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. The racing and driving world will span the length and breadth of the United States, allowing players to drive from coast to coast. The new trailer just brings more depth into the world Ubisoft is building for The Crew.

After The Crew, we finally got to see some gameplay in the form of Assassins Creed: Unity. This is Ubisoft stepping away from the numbers and bringing us into a new time, the French Revolution, with new four player co-op mode where friends all play as different Assassins.

Ubisoft has worked on the size and scope of the buildings and made sure the combat is touched up. No word on sea battles, but it looks like a more well rounded game that takes advantage of the landscape and opens up various hideouts and social areas for the player to blend in.

Shape Up was the second casual game announced by Ubisoft, intended as a set of different mini-games all working to make you fit. The on-stage demo reminded us of Kinect Sports and other Kinect Fitness games and it’s clear Ubisoft is jumping into that market.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War was a big mood swinger, from all the jumping around and fun with Shape Up, the room went into silence as they watched a trailer of a dog running through a war zone, with the narrator recounting the different people he met in the trenches.

The last game was the biggest announcement we had not heard rumors or leaks on, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege. The game involves two teams trying to capture the hostage, one using defense to keep her locked down and the other trying to ambush and take her away.

In the game, the team showed off destructible terrain and different types of strategic advantages like using mini-drones to spot out movement from the other team. Definitely one to watch, although the clip did say “pre-alpha” footage.

Overall, the Ubisoft conference was exciting if a little underwhelming compared to some of the others. We are interested to finally see some of their games like Tom Clancy’s The Division come out, but that won’t be any time this year

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