Ubisoft Forward 2020 Recap: Far Cry 6 Announced Alongside a Host of New Trailers

Ubisoft Forward 2020 Recap: Far Cry 6 Announced Alongside a Host of New Trailers

Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion get release dates, and more from today's Ubisoft Forward.

And that's a wrap. Ubisoft unveiled a number of upcoming games via gameplay footage, cinematic trailers, and more today during its Ubisoft Forward livestream today, in lieu of its usual E3 press conference. We saw more of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, and even got a new reveal in Far Cry 6.

Here are all the trailers from today's Ubisoft Forward.

Watch Dogs: Legion Gets a Release Date

Watch Dogs: Legion is perhaps the most ambitious looking game amidst Ubisoft's current line-up. First, Ubisoft showed off a more-serious short film, which was tonally at odds with the footage that followed.

The new footage today shows off more of Watch Dogs: Legion's "play as any NPC" action, detailing what's changed since we last saw it at E3 2019. For starters, classes have been dropped in favor of a more freeform ability system. It's even adopting a Hitman-like perk, wherein certain "recruits" to your crew that work in certain fields that require uniforms-like, say, a construction worker-are more optimal for certain missions because they can walk through otherwise off-limits environments.

Watch Dogs: Legion is due for release October 29, 2020 across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It will also support Smart Delivery for Xbox Series X or have a free upgrade to PlayStation 5, so no need to buy it twice for current and next-gen. You can read our own hands-on impressions from a preview build of Watch Dogs: Legion here.

Hyper Scape Enters Beta

Early July, Ubisoft revealed its new free-to-play battle royale: Hyper Scape. We went hands-on with the battle royale ahead of its reveal and found its traversal to be a lot of fun, while its arsenal was unfortunately lacking in impact. In a new trailer revealed today, Ubisoft announced that Hyper Scape is entering open beta on PC today. The new beta will also include a free 30 tier battle pass.

First Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gameplay, And A Release Date

Remember when Ubisoft teased the first Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay, and then the footage ended up just being short shots of environments? Well, today, Ubisoft rolled out legit gameplay, showing Eivor exploring East Anglia. Today's new gameplay overview shows off how raids play out, how the base settlement evolves, stealth, and boasts the "largest variety of enemies" of any Assassin's Creed. We, ourselves, went hands-on with three hours of Assassin's Creed Valhalla. You can read all about Valhalla's most minute differences from Odyssey and Origins here.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is out November 17 for PC, Xbox One, Stadia, and PlayStation 4, and will be available soon after for next-gen consoles.

Here's Far Cry 6, Starring Giancarlo Esposito!

Recently, the actor Giancarlo Esposito, of Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian, and Better Call Saul fame, teased in an interview that he was starring in a major video game. On Friday, we learned just what that game is: Far Cry 6. It wasn't an intentional reveal, however. A listing for it went live on Hong Kong PlayStation's storefront. Whoops! Ubisoft seemed ready for the inevitable leak though, as it tweeted soon after a teaser for today's full reveal, featuring a clip of Esposito smoking a cigar.

Today's Far Cry 6 cinematic reveal was slim on details. It showed Esposito's character talking to his son and eventual successor, while forcing him to hold a grenade in his hand. In the storefront, more details have emerged about Far Cry 6. For one, it's set on the fictional island of Yara, which sounds like an analogue to real-world Cuba. Esposito will be the cover star villain Anton Castillo, a dictator. The player will portray Dani Rojas, a local guerrilla fighter who mobilizes against the tyrannical ruler. Players will be able to choose from a male or female main character.

Far Cry 6 will release on February 18, 2021 across both next-gen and current platforms. It will even sport a free upgrade to PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, so you won't have to buy the game twice if you don't buy a next-gen platform during its launch window.

Brawlhalla Goes Mobile, Tom Clancy's Elite Squad Is "Coming Soon," and More

  • Brawlhalla is officially coming to iOS and Android on August 6, with controls customization. It also includes crossplay.
  • Tom Clancy's Elite Squad, announced last year, is now "coming soon." The free-to-play shooter-RPG features heroes from all across the Tom Clancy franchise. Today's new trailer in particular showed off Sam Fisher in action.
  • There will be more Ubisoft Forwards at a later date, apparently, similar to Microsoft's approach to its own livestreams.

As part of a larger reckoning with sexual harassment and misconduct within the industry, Ubisoft has been the focus of numerous allegations. Those allegations include sexual assault and predatory behavior, and have led to a public response from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot promising to make "fundamental changes" to the publisher's culture and working practices.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail took a leave of absence from Ubisoft Montreal following allegations of manipulative behavior. Two Ubisoft vice presidents, Tommy François and Maxime Béland, were both placed on administrative leave. Both were members of the Editorial Department, an advisory group for every Ubisoft title. Watch Dogs Legion brand marketing manager Andrien Gbinigie was accused of sexual assault and his position at the publisher is currently unknown. There are also further investigations involving misconduct happening within Ubisoft, with Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoet, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat, and Global Head of HR Cecile Cornet all resigning yesterday.

While Ubisoft's games were developed by large multinational teams, it's worth noting these issues and the impact they've had on developers at those studios. Especially in regards to abuse from executive level employees.

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