The first expansion will use an event system "that drives players to activities that feature modifiers, leaderboards and unique vanity items," Ubisoft writes. It'll also have a loadout feature that lets you quickly switch gear combinations and a system to show your greatest feats. "It will reward players for ... long-term activities, short-term activities and medium-term activities within the game," said Creative Director Julian Gerighty in a statement. The team says the second expansion pack is "more content-focused," but wouldn't comment further on what that might entail. Unfortunately, neither the first or second expansion are unlikely to include any new missions.
Engadget is trying something a bit new this year for E3: live commentary for Ubisoft and Sony's press conferences. Because, really, we all need a break from overhyped PR jargon. At Ubisoft's media event, which kicks off at 4PM Eastern, we expect to hear more about Assassin's Creed Odyssey and The Division 2, which debuted during Microsoft's E3 event yesterday. Follow all the latest news from E3 2018 here!
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot previously called Vivendi's purchases "unsolicited and unwelcome," and he's been working on ways to fight the company's "creeping control" of his family's studio. In late May, Vivendi purchased a majority stake in Gameloft, the mobile games publisher also owned by the Guillemot family. Vivendi has said it has no plans to take over Ubisoft, but its stock purchases continue to worry the studio's founders. Guillemot told CNBC last week that Ubisoft's main goal is to remain independent. For an informative breakdown of the Ubisoft-Vivendi saga, see Game Informer's June explainer.
Ubisoft's survival shooter multiplayer title The Division had a successful launch back in March, but unpolished design choices erupted into outright game-breaking bugs in the free content additions released in the months thereafter. While the game's DLC roadmap pegged its second paid expansion Survival to be the next out the door, the studio will push that back until later in 2017 and dedicate the upcoming October update to fixing the core game. That leaves the third planned release, Last Fall, delayed until sometime in 2018. In a blog post, Ubisoft presented a laundry list of things the so-called Update 1.4 will address: fixing a ton of bugs in its Known Issues backlog, making loot drops more relevant, tweaking enemy difficulty, balancing gear and introductory adjustments to PvP and the Dark Zone. While admitting that there are too many issues to fix before you can release your shiny new expansion must be humbling, they're going so far as offering weekly State of the Game updates for their fans.
On July 12th, Assassin's Creed Valhalla publisher Ubisoft will host its first-ever "digital conference" to give fans a look at its latest games. Dubbed Ubisoft Forward, the company says the "E3-style showcase" will feature "exclusive game news, exciting reveals and much more." The Sunday stream will start at 3PM ET / 12 PM PT. Ubisoft is now one of several companies that plans to make up for the cancellation of E3 2020 with a digital event. The timing of Ubisoft Forward will likely put it in close proximity to Microsoft's July Xbox 20/20 showcase where we'll see gameplay footage of the company's first-party exclusives.