Ubisoft E3 Expo 2013 Press Conference Recap

June 10, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

No Beyond Good and Evil 2 announcement.

Nothing else matters.

Okay, here's a high level recap.  Host Aisha Tyler completely bombed with the audience.  I'm talking crickets, man.  Chirp, chirp.  Chirp, chirp.

While there was a heavy focus on games, very little gameplay footage was shown, something you'll see me mention over and over if you read the more detailed section of this recap.  But first, here's the too long, didn't read version:

  • Rocksmith 2014
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • Rayman Legends
  • The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • The Crew
  • Watch Dogs
  • Just Dance 2014
  • Rabbids Invasion (interactive TV show)
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Trials Fusion (for consoles)
  • Trials Frontier (for mobile devices)
  • Tom Clancy's: The Division

Okay, so the show started off with some guy playing guitar.  I didn't catch his name (EDIT: Alice in Chains' frontman Jerry Cantrell) but he was demoing Rocksmith 2014, a game that aims to teach you to play guitar.  The demo did a piss poor job of showing it but supposedly the game will auto accompany your guitar playing with drums, synth and other instruments.  Strum away and the game will back you up and make you sound like a rock god!  Well, probably not but that seems to be what Ubisoft is selling.

Next, a gameplay-free trailer for Splinter Cell: Blacklist which comes out on August 20.

Rayman Legends will be out on September 3 boasting over 120 levels!

The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot tasks you with building a castle to house and protect your loot from would-be looters.  Once you're sure your stuff is well-protected, bust into other players' castles and steal their loot!  The trailer explained the concept of the game but showed no actual gameplay.

South Park: The Stick of Truth will "probably" be out this holiday.  Did its trailer feature gameplay footage?  No, it did not.

At this point, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot took the stage and announced it was time to talk next gen stuff (which to Ubisoft's credit, does occasionally include the Wii U).

The Crew.  It's an open world driving game that takes place in a very large, persistent online world (but you can play solo if you want) where the goal is to infiltrate and take over criminal organizations one city at a time.  Every mission can be played co-op which was demoed on stage (yes, actual gameplay!  Staged gameplay but still, gameplay!).  You can also customize your cars using a tablet, functionality which will be demoed on the show floor.

Watch Dogs.  No-gameplay trailer.  Oh well, we've seen plenty of gameplay footage of this one already.

Just Dance 2014 (yep, not Just Dance 5) comes out in October.  The game features a bunch of new modes but other than 6-player dances, the trailer didn't make it very clear what they actually did.

Here's a weird one: Rabbids Invasion is a new interactive TV show coming to Nickelodeon and France Television.  Using the Xbox One and Kinect, kids (or really bored/stoned adults) can interact with the show using gestures and voice commands.  For example, yell like one of the Rabbids and a glass shattering effect will overlay itself on the screen.  Point at the Rabbids and little egg splatter images will appear where you're pointing.  I like the Rabbids but this sounds painfully lame.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag showed off a no-gameplay trailer that featured a bar brawl so hey, maybe bar brawls are in the game.  Creative Director Jean Guesdon came on stage to introduce an "in-game footage trailer" that showed no damn gameplay.  It was actually more of an Assassin's Creed music video.

Motorcycle racing and trick-performing game, Trials Fusion is coming out for all consoles except the Wii U and PS3.  A mobile version called Trials Frontier will launch with it in 2014.  The two games will interact... somehow.  Oh, and the trailer had a little actual gameplay in it!  Huzzah!

And finally, Massive Entertainment showed off a crushingly dull, game footage-free trailer for Tom Clancy's: The Division, an open world RPG in which a special group of people (the titular Division!) is trying to save what's left of the world after everyone caught a really bad cold.  How do you do this?  Shoot people, how else?  A live demo was shown.  Okay, it was totally staged but at least it showed off gameplay.

But who cares?  Because not a damn thing was said about Beyond Good and Evil 2 so to hell with Ubisoft.  I'm going to go pout until Nintendo's show tomorrow morning.

-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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