But we're going to start with before the show, when Ubisoft announced that in their ongoing and clearly begrudged effort to purge the toxicity from their system, chief creative officer Serge Hascoët has resigned from the company. He's the latest in a growing list of alleged bad actors, with several women saying he created a culture that was ripe with harassment, abuse, and assault. Worse still, HR was fingered as being completely useless in addressing these problems, enabling his toxic behavior. In turn, Ubisoft's former head of HR, Cécile Cornet, has stepped down for his failure to adequately react to these issues.
This warrants mentioning, as Ubisoft did not address these issues in their not-E3 presentation. In fact, they even addressed the fact they wouldn't be addressing the fact via Twitter before things got started:
Ubisoft Forward comes during a time of big internal change. Because all the content has been pre-recorded, we wanted to recognize that the issues were currently dealing with wont be addressed directly in the show. We still have significant work to do and are committed to this process. We will provide more updates soon.
Anyway. With that, the reveals.
Watch Dogs Legion was the first real game to be shown at the event, with a new gameplay trailer that better explains how this whole recruit-anyone-you-see business actually works. It's set to release October 29.
Get a first look at Watch Dogs: Legion gameplay. With an entire population of potential recruits and the city's technology at your fingertips, you'll need to hack, infiltrate, and fight your way to a liberated London. Learn more about the immersive scenario and how to take advantage of the Play As Anyone system.
The next big reveal was for something called Hyperscape, a brand-new Battle Royale game set in a paranoid-filled Sci-Fi town called New Arcadia. There's an open beta available on PC for anyone who hasn't realized that Apex Legends currently exists.
After this, we got our first taste of some real gameplay of Assassins Creed Valhalla, and I admit, it doesn't look bad.
In Assassins Creed® Valhalla, you are Eivor, a fierce Viking warrior raised on tales of battle and glory. Explore a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England's Dark Ages. Raid your enemies, grow your settlement, and build your political power in your quest to earn your place among the gods in Valhalla.
You can look forward to it coming out on November 17, but a next-gen version is slated to release sometime too.
Next up was Far Cry 6, which is apparently undoing the apocalypse that Far Cry 5 ended with, and tasking you with saving a modern tropical island inspired by Cuba.
Welcome to Yara, a tropical paradise frozen in time. As dictator of Yara, Anton Castillo is intent on restoring his nation back to its former glory by any means, with his son, Diego, dutifully at his side. Immerse in the adrenaline-filled, chaotic world of a modern-day guerrilla revolution and burn their regime to the ground.
It'll be available February 18 of next year, for next-gen and current-gen systems, sans the Switch. Interestingly, it's also available on the Stadia.
And finally, between all those big announcements, there were some smaller bits too.
- The Curious Expedition 2 is still a thing.
- They're working together with Apple TV+ on something called Mythic Quest, a game development show.
- The Crew 2 is getting vanity items.
- There are Rubber Ducks in the Division 2.
- Trials Rising is getting a free new map that's apparently the biggest in the franchises history.
- A new game, Spiritfarer, a management game about dying, was briefly revealed.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint is getting AI teammates again, who can be customized and will hopefully be less garbage.
- Brawlhalla is getting crossplay across all systems, including a mobile version that comes out on August 6.
- Elite Squad, a mobile crossover game, is coming out August 27.