One of the heavy-lifters in the games industry, Ubisoft, is bringing out the big guns for the coming year's releases. The french publisher behind franchises like Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs, Rayman, Far Cry, Tom Clancy and Prince of Persia is planning to release four major titles in the fiscal year of 2017-2018.
At least that's what #Ubisoft promised in a recent press release. The biggest upcoming #videogames being the long-rumored new Assassin's Creed and Far Cry 5, which will be accompanied by the long-awaited sequel to the surprisingly ingenious South Park: Stick of Truth and a follow-up to 2014's racer, The Crew.
Ubisoft Dropping Some Big Gaming News Before E3 2017
In a month, the games industry will gather in Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow (E3), but apparently Ubisoft didn't want to wait for that event to reveal some of its new games. In their most recent press release, the publisher's CEO, Yves Guillemot, elaborated on the company's plans for the future:
“Over the last three fiscal years, Ubisoft has – with remarkable success – created numerous new brands and rebooted Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon... In 2017-18 we will see the exciting returns of Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, The Crew and South Park. In 2018-19 we intend to pursue our digital transformation and consolidate our new business model, which is much more recurring and more profitable and is now significantly less exposed to new releases.”
We're not entirely sure what the last part means, but hopefully, Ubisoft will have even more news about its upcoming releases and future plans during #E3. Until then, here's everything we know about the four big games that Ubisoft will be releasing within the near future.
Assassin's Creed: Empire
What we know: The next Assassin's Creed game will be the 10th major game in the series, if you exclude the smaller spinoffs. According to leaks it's going to be set in ancient Egypt, meaning you'll be traveling further back in time than ever before. It's codenamed Empire and was pushed back from its scheduled 2016 release to allow for further polish and the introduction of a ton of new features.
- Expected release: Late 2017
Far Cry 5
What we know: This game will probably not be set in a pre-historic era like last year's Far Cry Primal, as it'll be part of the "main" series. Rumors have placed the game in Montana, USA, which hints at a western or Native American setting. In either case, it's pretty believable that Ubisoft will continue experimenting with Far Cry games set in historic times, following the success of Primal. Because really, what's going on in Montana these days?
- Expected release: 2018
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
What we know: The sequel to the wondrous South Park: The Stick of Truth delves into the same foul-mouthed humor, but switches out the predecessor's fantasy elements for superheroes. The game is still an RPG with the same old animations, but this time around all the main characters' superhero alter egos come to light.
- Expected release: The Fractured But Whole (great name btw) was originally slated to come out last December before it was delayed to 2017. We'll probably see it in early fall.
The Crew 2
What we know: There isn't much information about The Crew 2 yet, besides the fact that it's happening. The first game, in case you didn't play it, was an open world, online racing game set in the US. In the story mode, you played a guy working for the FBI in order to reduce his prison sentence, infiltrating criminal groups by racing in pure The Fast and the Furious fashion.
Online, you'd compete with other players on the game's many courses, beating records, buying and upgrading cars. The Crew was criticized for its internet-connection requirement, even when you played alone, so hopefully we'll have offline play in the sequel.
- Expected release: Before the end of March 2018.
Which Ubisoft game are you most excited about?