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Ubisoft E3 2019 Press Conference – 5 Things Parents Need to Know

Ubisoft held their annual E3 2019 Press Conference on June 10th, 2019. The vast majority of the conference was dedicated to updates for their various M-rated games like The Division 2, For Honor, etc. There were a handful of announcements that families need to know.

Take a look below for five things parents need to know:

Just Dance 2020

Ubisoft announced their next iteration of Just Dance for all major platforms during the E3 2019 presentation. It continues to be a family friendly rhythm and dance game that combines popular music with controls and difficulties for a variety of play styles. The song list is being revealed as it gets closer to its November release date. Which internet and radio favorites will be immortalized into this family game? We look forward to telling you soon.

Adventure Time X Brawlhalla

Brawlhalla is a 2D Fighter available on all major platforms that attempts to capture the free for all aspects of Smash Ultimate, the weapon based combat of Samurai Showdown, notable inclusions of indy games like Shovel Knight, all while spelling out the stats of individual characters with an eye towards serious play. Their most recent expansion includes new playable characters and cosmetics from the hit animated series Adventure Time. Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum are added to a roster of 30+ characters, as well as custom animations and effects for the entire cast inspired by the animated series. We find it a neat addition to Ubisoft’s rollout for the year, and are curious how this game will carve out its own niche in a crowded field.

Uplay +

Ubisoft announced a subscription service for PC (and eventually Google Stadia) that will grant access to the deluxe versions of all of their games as well as all of the DLC. The service will debut this September and will cost $14.99.

The cost may seem a bit high, but when you consider the cost of digital deluxe editions for Ubi games (and the DLC for those games) the numbers start to sound much more reasonable.

Roller Champions

Ubisoft announced Roller Champions during their press conference. It’s a roller ball game that includes bright colors and fast action. I felt a distinct Rocket League vibe while I was watching the trailer.

Ubi released a demo for the game on the same day, so we should know more about the game soon.

Gods and Monsters

The team behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is definitely putting in extra hours at the office. God’s and Monsters is an action RPG focused on mythology that bears more than a passing resemblance to Breath of the Wild. We don’t know many details yet, aside from the the February 25, 2020, but we can’t wait to learn. This looks like it’s going to be one of the biggest surprises of the show!


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Starlink: Battle for Atlas

I thought toys to life games were dead. Disney Infinite was … finite. Skylanders has run aground. LEGO Dimensions fell flat. Even the copy-cats have faded into obscurity. But, it looks like Ubisoft is trying to resurrect the oft-maligned genre with Starlink: Battle for Atlas.

I approached Starlink with apprehension. I’ve been burned before and I didn’t want to fall for it again. But, I couldn’t help myself. It was just too good. Put simply, Starlink: Battle for Atlas is the best Star Fox game I have ever played. The E3 2018 demo that I played took me down to a desolate planet and gave me the freedom to fly all over the place to complete challenges and fight massive bosses. The last boss I fought was a giant rock spider monster that had multiple phases and required some tricky flying to defeat. It took a few attempts, but I was really into it.

The toys to life mechanic is pretty straightforward. You select a pilot, a ship, a pair of wings, and a pair of weapons. Each of those components has an impact on the final ship and how you play. Each pilot has a different special ability. The ships have different armor components. The wings help with speed. The weapons all function differently, but many of them interact with each other. During my demo I used a Vortex Cannon (which just sounds awesome all on its own) and a flamethrower. The Vortex Cannon created these awesome looking vortexes wherever they struck a target (or the ground) and if I hit them with the flamethrower they turned into flame vortexes!

Even more interesting, the toys to life features are largely optional. If you aren’t interested in buying the physical toys the pilots, ships, and components can be purchased digitally. I feel like this is a pretty reasonable compromise for people who were burned by having to find a way to store all of their toys to life figures during the initial craze.

Starlink: Battle for Altas will be released October 16, 2018  on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.


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E3 2018 Ubisoft Press Conference

Ubisoft held their E3 2018 Press Conference  on Monday June, 11th at 1pm PST.

Just Dance 2019 
Beyond Good and Evil 2 
Rainbow Six: Siege
Trials: Rising
Tom Clancy’s The Division:2
Mario X Rabbids Donkey Kong Adventure Expansion
Skull and Bones
Transference
StarLink: Battle for Atlas 
Starfox!!!!!!!!!
For Honor: Marching Fire
The Crew 2
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

 

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Pixelkin.org. Make sure to check them out when you get a chance. 

Ubisoft announced Grow Up, a sequel to the hit platformer Grow Home, at their E3 2016 press event.

Grow Up features, once again, the adventures of the robot BUD as he explores an alien planet full of lush and monstrous plant life. His purpose? To find the pieces of his exploration spaceship MOM that shattered his ship crashes on a moon, and he tumbles to the planet below.

Grow Home’s success was based largely on its quirky animation style and engaging activity loop. You controlled BUD as he explored an island collecting crystals and helping branches of a star plant reach floating land masses. The idea being to help grow the plant high enough so you could get back to your ship. This required tricky platforming and skilled climbing.

The sequel, according to the trailer, looks to be more of the same. The difference here is that the scope has been increased. Instead of exploring a small island you are tasked with exploring an entire planet filled with star plants of various sizes.

The increased scope necessitates the inclusion of some new modes of transportation. BUD comes equipped with a winged jet pack and has the ability to collapse into a ball to help propel himself around the varied environments.

Grow Up is scheduled to be released this August. We will have more news and updates as we get closer to release so keep your eyes on Pixelkin.org for more updates as we get closer.

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Ubisoft Blows Trekkies Minds With Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Pixelkin.org. Make sure to check them out when you get a chance!

Ubisoft has announced a multiplayer virtual reality game called Star Trek: Bridge Crew. Ubisoft was going to be a big part of the virtual reality gold rush. They are always an experimental publisher who is willing to take risks for the sake of big rewards. With that said, I think that a Star Trek licensed VR game might be the closest thing to a sure-fire win as you can get.

If you’ll forgive me making some assumptions; I think it is more than a strong possibility that the majority of early adopters of VR technology will be fans of the Star Trek universe of one level or another. Now, I’m not saying that all of them speak Klingon fluently, but I can imagine a lot of them have dreamt of being on a starship’s bridge. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is designed to give those fans exactly that opportunity.

The game requires multiple players to put on their VR headsets and take a station on the bridge of a starship while they complete missions. They can take up position at Engineering, Security, the Helm, or the Captain’s chair. Each station has different responsibilities and they will need to communicate and cooperate in order to succeed.

The story of the game is straightforward. Players will take on roles aboard the starship U.S.S. Aegis. They will be on a mission to explore a region of uncharted space known as “The Trench.” The goal is to find a new habitable home world for the Vulcan people whose planet has been destroyed. Unfortunately, this region is very near the Klingon Empire who is, as one might predict, less than enthusiastic about this decision. The players will need to chart the region and make smart decisions to complete their mission and make it out in one piece.

Anyone concerned that it might be tough to get three other people together to play this game can take heart though. The game can also be played in single player when you take on the role of captain and deliver orders to an NPC crew.

 

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There are few things on earth that are more consistent than the annual release of Just Dance. This year will be no different as we will be playing Just Dance 2017 this October.

The developer’s goal is, and has been, to make the whole world dance, and releasing the ever popular dance title across every platform imaginable certainly helps with that. The game will be released on the following (giant) list of consoles:

  • Wii
  • Wii U
  • Nintendo NX
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One
  • Playstation 3
  • Playstation 4
  • PC download (For the first time ever)

The game will launch with six different game modes including the newly designed Just Dance Machine. This is a mode that is exclusive to current generation consoles and will challenge players to dance in various international dancing styles. The other modes include Sweat + Playlists, Just Dance Quest, Just Dance TV, and the World Dance Floor.

The first tracks announced as part of the release are as follows:

  • “Sorry” – Justin Bieber
  • “DADDY” – Psy Ft. CL of 2NE1
  • “Cheap Thrills” – Sia Ft. Sean Paul
  • “Lean On” – Major Lazer Ft. MØ & DJ Snake
  • “Worth It” – Fifth Harmony Ft. Kid Ink
  • “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen
  • “PoPiPo” – Hatsune Miku
  • “Radical” – Dyro & Dannic
  • “El Tiki” – Maluma
  • “September” – Equinox Stars
  • “What Is Love” – Ultraclub 90

We will have more information here on Pixelkin.org as we get closer to the release.

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Microsoft and Electronic Arts were the first two press briefings of the day on Monday. Ubisoft followed up strong with a wild show hosted by Aisha Tyler. The show itself was profanity laden and generally inappropriate for family audiences, but you could not help but get excited every time Aisha came on stage. She is one celebrity host who truly loves video games and it shows.

Here are some of the most important things families need to know from the Ubisoft press briefing:

 

1. Just Dance 2015 is coming… and it comes with a neat new twist.

First, the console version of the game will include a community participation feature. You will be able to upload video of yourself performing the dance numbers and be scored by the community. This is somewhat scary to me, but that is because I can’t dance worth anything. I can imagine that there will be a strong community built around this feature and it will be welcome!

Ubisoft also announce Just Dance Now which is a mobile version of the game that will be playable with your smart phone and any internet enables screen. The real key is that you will be able to join in on dance numbers that are being danced by an UNLIMITED number of players. That could lead to some very interesting experiences. (Most importantly, it shows that console developers are learning to use smart phones and free apps in the place of expensive peripherals. This could have a huge impact on gaming as time progresses.)

 

2. The Crew looks beautiful.

Racing games are always very popular when new consoles debut because they are a relatively quick way to show off graphical power. Ubisoft showed off a trailer where they drove across the virtual country in a few time lapsed minutes. The game looks absolutely astonishing, and will be a welcome addition to the next gen library of games.

 

3. Shape Up is an Xbox One exclusive exercise game that looks like a lot of fun!

Ubisoft has partnered with Microsoft to create a new approach to the fitness game genre. They have taken some of the core features of a successful workout and created bite sized game experiences around each of them. Each activity is recorded by the Kinect sensor and the video is saved online so you, or your friends, can challenge your best results!

This is a novel approach that may or may not work out, but Ubisoft is a big enough publisher to take some risks.

 

4. Valiant Hearts is the next game to be released on the UbiArt framework.

Valiant Hearts is slated to release on June 25th. So far every game released using the UbiArt framework has been stunning, and this is no exception. Even better, this looks like an excellent way for older children and teens to connect with some of the realities associated with World War I.

 

5. The Division looks like an amazing game to play… after the kids go to bed.

The game could be terrible, but the trailer alone is worth taking a look at. This is brilliantly done folks. Take a look!

 

What do you think about what you have seen so far? Sound off in the comments!

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