In the year of a pandemic and cancelled events, game developers had to approach marketing in a new way. The age of grand stages and hordes of crowds may be over. Even after COVID-19 has long passed.
Ubisoft has really adapted well to the new way of doing things by hosting two events in the last few months. Their latest event showed off quite a few games that didn’t make an appearance at the last Ubisoft Forward Event. Here is a quick recap of the highlights.
Immortals: Fenyx Rising
The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey/ Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild hybrid that was originally dubbed “Gods & Monsters” made a grand return with a new name and a ton of new information, including a thirty minute gameplay stream as well as a December release date!
The game looks like a ton of fun and I’m quite excited about the future of this new IP. I’m still a bit sceptical of that release date though. So many games have been delayed this year. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is delayed to next year, but it is available for pre-order.
Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia and The Sands of Time is getting a do-over and it looks really good. This was a beloved game by many and I’m glad to see it coming back in some degree.
Could Ubisoft be remastering the entire series to revive it before popping out a new instalment? I hope so, we need more Prince of Persia in our gaming lives.
Rider’s Republic and Roller Champions
While I was expecting Roller Champions, an interesting game that mashed roller-skating and basketball together, I was surprised at the way the event ended with the announcement of Rider’s Republic, a new IP.
This game looks insane and to talk about it would span over an entire article. But for now just picture a open world, mountain bikes, wing suits, skiing and doing all of this with your friends. That is a recipe for laughs, chaos and most importantly; fun.
The No Shows
I was expecting Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla to skip this event. I mean, at this point, what else can they show us besides post launch content?
There was also no mention of a new Splinter Cell. There was no mention of the pirate game, Skull and Bones or of Beyond Good & Evil 2. I’m starting to worry about how quiet Ubisoft has been on those games.
I still don’t get why games are revealed and hyped so many years before they are released. But this is how the hype machine works.
In the meantime, enjoy this cute video of the pets of Ubisoft. It was wholesome, and I think we could all do with a bit of wholesomeness in our lives right now.