Even before the showcase kicked off, we were treated to a few announcements regarding Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
Two new features will be coming to the game for free. Discovery Tour will act as an educational tool, offering insight into historical events. The other exciting feature will be Story Builder - a tool that lets players build their own quests; complete with dialogue options and combat scenarios. Both features will be detailed further in a livestream on Thursday.
After the pre-show, we headed into the Orpheum Theatre, where we were treated to Assassin's Creed Symphony – celebrating the last ten years of AC. It's pretty crazy to see how many stories have been told over the last decade.
The first big announcement of the showcase was Watch Dogs Legion. Set in a dystopian London, the city is now run by the Albion corporation.
A detailed playthrough introduced us to Ian who looked to be ripped straight from a Guy Ritchie movie. Complete with shaved head and brawler attitude, it's the closest they could get to Jason Statham without legal issues.
Chewing the scenery and quipping with his AI companion, Bagley, Ian is on the hunt for a drone expert. Futuristic tech sees Drones have much heavier presence, from security guns to interceptor cars. Looks like we have our own tech though, as Ian can cloak himself to make a speedy getaway.
An unsuccessful getaway sees Ian gunned down and reveals that the game has perma-death. But Ian isn't our only protagonist. It seems we really are becoming Legion in this Watch Dogs entry.
Changing to a new hacker, we're playing as Helen Dashwood, a pensioner with a passion for mayhem. She infiltrates a police headquarters and tracks down our drone expert, at which point we hand off to yet another DedSec member, Naomi. Naomi tracks down the drone expert that Ian was persuing, successfully overrunning a security point and rescuing our newest DedSec recruit, Jimmy Shaw.
Throughout Legion, it's possible to recruit and play as anyone. NPCs are fully voiced and have their own back story told through unlock missions. The crew you assemble is up to you, from MI-5 agents to backstreet brawlers and everything in between.
Watch Dogs Legion will release March 6 2020.
Ubisoft's recently announced Ghost Recon Breakpoint got a new trailer featuring Jon Bernthal delivering a stirring speech. Then, Bernthal took to the stage. He may not have said anything we didn't already know, but he brought his dog with him... so it's a win in my book.
Laura Cordrey community developer came out next, and detailed the post-launch plan for Breakpoint. Most notable was that the teammate AI from Wildlands will be returning, so players wishing to go solo will be able to do just that.
Furthermore, Cordery detailed a new community program called Delta Company. The aim of the program is to aid fans in their content creation, where artists will gain access to special assets, streamers will have additional info on upcoming features, and tournament organisers will be able to work directly with Ubisoft.
In the lead up to release, Ghost Recon Breakpoint will have a live Beta event on September 5.
Next up was a new mobile title called Tom Clancy's Elite Squad. Looking like a turn-based action game, Elite Squad pulls heroes from each of Tom Clancy's franchises, including The Division, Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, and Splinter Cell. Unfortunately this was the only appearance of Sam Fisher at the Ubisoft conference.
There was a brief pause in the game reveals, as Ubisoft had its obligatory Just Dance performance. The game is celebrating its 10 year anniversary next year.
The hero brawler For Honor is getting a limited time mode called Shadows of the Hitokiri. Featuring a gorgeous Samurai setting, the event is available from now until June 27.
There's a new entry coming to the Rainbow Six series called Quarantine. A three player tactical coop, Quarantine will have players facing off against an unknown and devastating parasite.
“We set out to create a radically re-designed co-op experience built on the foundations of one of the best shooters of this generation," said lead designer Bio Jade Adam-Granger. "What Siege is to the PVP shooter genre, we want Quarantine to be to co-op.”
Division 2 creative director Terry Spier then took to the stage to detail the coming content for the game. A free play event will be running this weekend, giving everyone the opportunity to try the game.
Furthermore, developer Massive Entertainment is about to release its first major content update which will send players beyond the city of Washington.
Episode One, titled 'D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions' is coming in July and will include new main missions. Mission one will head into the woodlands to spearhead an attack on a presidential compound as you seek to take down a traitor. Mission two will take place in The National Zoo where you'll hunt the surviving Outcasts leader. Kenly College is the setting for the third and final mission of Episode One and will offer an all new gameplay experience where players will need to explore and investigate a military convoy gone dark.
Episode Two will be coming this spring and is called 'Pentagon: The Last Castle.' In a new raid, players must secure the area which has fallen to Black Tusk. This will be the second 8-player raid for The Division 2.
Finally, Episode Three will revolve around a manhunt. Spier described the episode as content where "rebirth was not about bringing the world as we know it back to life, but the opposite. One man holds that power and humanity itself is at stake." The episode will release early 2020.
Before leaving, Spier had some new details for the upcoming film adaption. Directed by David Leech (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw) the film will star Jessica Chastain & Jake Gyllenhaal. The production has partnered with Netflix, so it's likely we'll see it appear on the streaming service.
Details for Ubisoft's rumoured Uplay+ were up next. The subscription service will offer the earliest available access to the publisher's titles, including premium editions with additional content. It will cost USD$14.99 a month, and those that sign up today will gain a free month when the service launches in September.
Uplay+ will offer over 100 titles at launch, including classics like Rayman, Beyond Good & Evil, Prince of Persia and more. The service will also be coming to the Google Stadia in 2020
Taking a break from the serious shooters, we got a look at the pvp sports title, Roller Champions. Not too many details were given, although the game feels very much in the same spirit as Rocket League. Product manager Stephane Drapeau noted that a pre-alpha hands-on would be available at the show.
The final title for the showcase was introduced by Ubisoft Quebec senior producer Marc-Alexis Cote. Gods & Monsters will be an action adventure title. The open world fantasy title features a gorgeous hand-painted aesthetic and draws inspiration from Greek mythology. It's set to release February 25 2020.
What was your standout moment from the conference?