The Ubisoft Forward stream event aired on July 12. There was an hour-long pre-show that led up to the main event. The main event itself gave us a multitude of reveals for upcoming major releases such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion and Far Cry 6, free giveaways and much more.
Despite a myriad of setbacks including leaks & abuse allegations leading to 3 top executives resigning (all of which were probably linked), the event went ahead as a success. Ubisoft did not address these allegations during the pre-recorded stream.
Here’s a breakdown of everything that was shown during the event.
Ubisoft Forward Game Announcements & Latest News
Ubisoft Forward Pre-Show
Just Dance 2020
The first game shown during the pre-show presentation was Just Dance 2020, they announced that six new songs would be added to the game and that a tournament mode will also be debuting. This content is all part of the Virtual Paradise event and will be made available July 23.
Mythic Quest Raven’s Banquet
Ubisoft gave us a quick insight into a playable sandbox that was used in the making of Apple TV+ show Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. Originally the game was just intended to be a fake game for the show, but they eventually opted to make it a fully functional game.
The Crew 2
Next during the pre-show, Ubisoft Ivory tower gave us a little update on what to expect from The Crew 2 in the near future. The Summer in Hollywood update was released recently and features a range new content, including legendary new motors, new vanity items and The Beach Neon Battle coming to us in the next few weeks. They also told us that there will be special modded events making their way to the game in August.
The Division 2
There is an Easter egg in The Division 2 that has been puzzling gamers for some time, the inclusion of rubber ducks in random spots. During the pre-show, the games rubber ducks were finally addressed.
The developers said that they were originally put in the game to remind a developer to finish something while the game was still in development, but they found themselves liking the idea of using the rubber ducks as a symbolic Easter egg. Stating that the rubber ducks are there to add hope in an otherwise bleak world. To let players know that the world they’re in is worth saving.
Nearing the end of the pre-show, Ubisoft revealed a nice little surpise for Trials Rising players in the form of an endurance challenge named the Gigatrack. This will be made available for free to Trials Rising players and is the biggest track ever included in any of the series’ games. The developers promised the track is sure to test your skills, posing a challenge to even for the best of Trials Rising players. This will make its way to players on July 16.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Finishing off the pre-show, Ubisoft gave us a preview of some of the upcoming changes and additions coming to Ghost Recon Breakpoint. These changes have been made in response to the disappointing reviews and disappointing sales figures over this past year.
AI teammates will be coming to the game on July 15. These teammates will be fully customizable, allowing players to change their physical features, gear, weapons, and costumes. They will follow your movements if you choose to go stealthily and there are also four orders you can give.
Ubisoft Forward Main Event Show
Watch Dogs Legion
Kicking off Ubisoft Forward’s main event show, Ubisoft Toronto gave us an extensive preview into Ubisoft Toronto’s highly courageous Watch Dogs: Legion. Boasting the ability to play as any character in the game, they showed us how different characters will have unique abilities and how they will affect the gameplay.
Players are given the ability to profile and recruit anyone that they see in the open world embedding them into the games very politically driven storyline. The game was originally set to release in March but will now launch on October 29, 2020, for Xbox One, PS4, Stadia, PC and Uplay+. It will also be made available as a free upgrade for next-gen consoles Xbox Series X and PS5 when they launch.
Ubisoft dedicated part of their show to its upcoming mobile games. One of those mentioned were Might & Magic Era of Chaos, a game that will include exclusive rewards. Another is Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad. The game was shown in a trailer giving us a quick look at Sam Fisher and other Clancy heroes. It was this part of the show that sent the internet into a frenzy about the neglection of the Splinter Cell franchise.
Hyper Scape was first announced earlier this month, subsequently launching into closed testing on PC almost straight after. It is now in open beta and despite there being no exact release date we do know the game will be arriving this summer on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Ubisoft gave a full reveal of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla during the show. A gameplay demo was shown, and they also confirmed the release date to be November 17 (both of which had been leaked prior to the event).
The game will be released on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC, and Stadia but only the current-gen platforms actually have a release date. The next-gen console release dates will no doubt be revealed soon.
Far Cry 6
Due to leaks, Ubisoft had already confirmed Far Cry 6 and actor Giancarlo Esposito’s involvement in the project a few days before to its presentation but during Ubisoft Forward, they presented a full trailer for the game.
The game is to feature a fully voiced protagonist who can be either a man or a woman. The story itself revolves around a gorilla fighter named Dani Rojas fighter striving to free a small nation under the control of a ruthless dictator. Far Cry 6 will be released for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, and PC on February 21 2020.