Bethesda gave us a jam-packed show for E3 2018. The presentation, which ran for an hour and a half, fed everyone in LA and at home a steady stream of reveals, new information about announced games, and a few surprises.
E3's a heck of a busy period, and not everyone has the time to sit in a theatre and watch game companies peel out one announcement after another. We're here to make your life easier with a summary of what you might've missed at the show, including reveals, trailers, and the unexpected jolts in between ("Star Fox?!").
Just Dance 2019
Ubisoft kicked off the show by making us all feel like we accidentally dropped acid without realizing it. The parade / dance party introducing Just Dance 2019 was admittedly hard to turn away from, regardless of how you feel about Ubisoft's monstrously huge music game series. Just Dance 2019 is coming to multiple systems on October 29 and oh my gosh it's even coming to the Wii and Wii U.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
We received some new footage of Pig-and-Monkey Adventures in Space and learned a little more about the pirate crew you helm. Then came a bit of a twist: Young Jade from the first game is in the game as an antagonist, and she's not lacking for firepower. She's also clearly not in a friendly mood, either.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 is an action RPG with a big open world. If you're a creative sort, you'll be interested to know Ubisoft announced a partnership with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Hit Record creative video community. You might get your works in-game. Art, music, whatever your poison happens to be, you can contribute.
Trials Rising brings back Ubisoft's motorcycle stunt / racing series with new courses set in cities, theme parks, and other locales just teeming with deadly danger. You can sign up for a closed beta later this year and look forward to the final product in February 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch. My slapstick-loving butt is all over this game and its painfully goofy trailer.
Tom Clancy's The Division 2
The smallpox epidemic that devastated America in The Division has mostly burnt itself out, but the remnants of the country is in anarchy. In The Division 2, your interactions with beleaguered citizens and the people terrorizing them will determine the fate of the country. Ubisoft's loading up this one with RPG features: You can look forward to teaming up with up to 8 players for raids against big bosses. Ubisoft also plans to keep supporting The Division 2 for years to come, starting with free downloadable content. Look for this one on March 15, 2019.
Skull & Bones
Ah, direct competition for Sea of Thieves, maybe? The good people at Rare are probably dabbing their foreheads over this one. Skull & Bones is a game about pirates competing with authorities and each other over territory and treasure. You start with small jobs and small ships, then work your way up until you become top sea dog. Unless a rival cuts you down and takes your stuff, of course.
Skull & Bones' trailer drives home the point that there's no honor amongst thieves. Sure, you can call on other players to help you dispatch a Portuguese frigate chasing after you—but once the authorities are gone, your new "allies" might get a little curious about the treasure hoards you hauled from hapless merchant ships in the first place. Boom go the cannons. Skull & Bones is coming in 2019.
We were introduced to Ubisoft's toys-to-life game, Starlink, at last year's E3. It returned with another teaser, one equipped with one heck of a surprise: Starlink will have Star Fox content. Insert excited animal-jabber sounds here. Starlink is coming on October 16. Needless to say, the Star Fox content is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. Uh, I guess that's the version everyone's buying now.
New For Honor Content
New content titled "Marching Fire" is coming to For Honor. Look for four new fighters, a new faction, and some new single-player campaign content down the line. For now, a 4 vs 4 multiplayer castle siege mode called Breach is available on October 16. And if you're For Honor-curious, you can download the PC starter edition of the game on UPlay from today through next Monday!
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Ubisoft wrapped up the conference with a long look at Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Set in ancient Greece, you play as a (potential) hero—or heroine!—who's part of a legendary Spartan bloodline. A broken spear is your token weapon this time around, but don't laugh: This half-spear is touched by the gods and all that stuff. It gets shit done.
Odyssey pushes Assassin's Creed directly into RPG territory, a move Ubisoft flirts with in Assassin's Creed Origins. The open world features combat and exploration on land as well as the sea. You'll be asked to make important choices too, so try not to escalate the Peloponnesian War any further. Assassin's Creed Odyssey comes out on October 5.
And the rest of it
Now to mop up the odds and ends Ubisoft dropped all over the stage. The Crew 2 is coming on June 29, and you can sign up for an open beta on June 21. Transference, a horror game about delving into other people's consciousness and unravelling their secrets, comes out this fall. Ubisoft is working on a documentary about the Rainbow Six Siege community, and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle gets its Donkey Kong Adventure DLC on June 26.
That's all she wrote! Don't forget to hop over to our E3 2018 guide for everything you need to know about the show.
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