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Ubisoft E3 2019: The Good, Bad And Ugly

The best and worst of what Ubisoft unveiled during its E3 2019 press conference.

by Jelani James

Ubisoft’s E3 presentation has come and gone, and it looks like it opted to continue this year’s trend of lackluster showcases.

It started off strong with Watch Dogs: Legion, but unless you were a big fan of Tom Clancy-branded titles, you could have left and not missed a thing. It wasn’t a bad presser necessarily, but it wasn’t exciting.

So, without further adieu, here’s the good, bad and ugly of Ubisoft at E3 2019:

The Good

Watch Dogs: Legion

Watch Dogs is back and it looks like your means to complete your objective will be a communal effort.

Taking place in a post-Brexit London, the country is in total disorder with an authoritarian regime in charge, filling the skies with armed drones and armed soldiers walking through the streets.

Fortunately, you won’t be fighting against this regime alone, you’ll be one of many — part of a resistance force known as DeadSec. Anyone — even an old lady — can be a part of this resistance force, and they all have their own unique talents that will better suit them in different scenarios. Furthermore, they have their own backstories and special quests to undertake.

Watch Dogs: Legion is due out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on March 6, 2020

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

Ghost Recon is returning to its roots, once again focusing on single-player — at least as far as the latest entry, Breakpoint, is concerned.

As actor John Bernthal detailed, his unit, the Wolves, are the toughest military unit in the world, and they will complete any mission they’re assigned. And as the name of his unit implies, members operate in packs, with this being reflected in the gameplay by players taking along AI-controlled teammates.

It wasn’t the most stellar of announcements, mind you, but this change has been something fans have requested for awhile, so its nice to see Ubisoft give them what they wanted.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Quarantine

A new Rainbow Six is coming and players will be going up against a virus.

Before continuing, this won’t be a replacement for the ever-popular Siege. Rather, it will work complement it.

Unfortunately, we’re only left to speculate over the nature of the game since there’s barely any information about it. For now, all we know is that it’s a Tactical 3-player PvE Co-Op that will do to the genre similar to what Siege has done to PvP.

Lofty aspirations, to be sure, so let’s just hope it pans out well.

The Bad

Mythic Quest

Who doesn’t love “Always Sunny’s” Rob McElhenney?

No one, that’s who.

Unfortunately his charm wasn’t enough to sell me on Mythic Quest, a sitcom that parodies the world of video game development.

Don’t get me wrong — with the minds of Sunny veterans Charlie Day and Megan Ganz, as well as McElhenney starring as the main character, you know the show is going to be an absolute riot.

The problem? It’s exclusive to Apple Plus TV, and is expected to air sometime this fall.

Yet Another Subscription Service

After having my hopes for an “Always Sunny” video game dashed, Ubisoft decided to twist the knife by making another announcement involving another subscription service — it’s own.

Called UPlay Plus, players will be able to pay $14.99 per month to gain access to new releases later this year, such as Watch Dogs: Legion and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, along with more than 100 existing Ubisoft games, at launch.

In addition, subscribers will be automatically entered into Ubisoft-related betas and early access programs.

And to sweeten the deal, Ubisoft is granting free access, for a limited time, to those who sign up over the next two months

Honestly, it’s not a bad offer — especially since the games come with all their DLC, but it’s just telling of the times that subscription services are the “in” thing right now.

The Ugly

Nothing particularly ugly this year, but one does have to wonder why Ubisoft decided to reveal it’s most intriguing titles first.

Finale

That’s it for the good, bad and ugly of Ubisoft’s E3 event. What were your favorite (and least favorite) parts of the event? Do you think Ubisoft did a good job overall? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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