It's Ubisoft's turn to show off this summer, after live virtual events from Sony, Microsoft and EA. Ubisoft has prepared a 45-minute, pre-recorded stream that kicks off at 3pm ET -- but we'll be live on the Engadget YouTube channel at 2:40pm ET to put the entire show into context. Then, watch the show alongside Engadget UK bureau chief Mat Smith and myself, and we'll break down the news and trailers afterward. Ubisoft is poised to talk about a handful of major titles, including Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six: Quarantine. In recent weeks, Ubisoft has faced a rash of allegations of misconduct, ingrained sexism and sexual harassment from current and former employees.
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!
Don't miss the irony here: To win in For Honor, exploits and glitches are the real name of the game. That's what Ubisoft learned when it hosted a tournament to celebrate the release of two new heroes. Unfortunately for the duel-focused fighting game's publisher, For Honor is still riddled with unbalanced abilities and technical issues, as Reddit user ColdBlackCage pointed out. Even small bugs or advantages like these can be complete game-changers in For Honor matches, where the slightest mistake or timing error can lead to defeat, almost like a digital version of fencing. One move in the game, appropriately called stampede charge, is pretty much unstoppable regardless of your skill level.
With more and more games turning into TV and movie properties (such as The Witcher, Street Fighter and Alan Wake), it's only natural that a major studio such as Ubisoft would want a bigger slice of the action. Among other projects, the company is working on scripts for a Child of Light TV series and a Werewolves Within movie, it told Variety. Both projects stem from the developer's Women's Film and TV Fellowship for screenwriters. Ubisoft allowed Mishna Wolff and Tasha Huo to base their projects on its intellectual property, and they opted for Werewolves Within and Child of Light respectively. After working with the company's film and TV development teams for several months, the writers both earned script deals with Ubisoft Motion Pictures following their successful pitches.
Ubisoft recently became the latest big gun to challenge Stream's status quo by jumping ship to the Epic Games Store. And it claims the decision has already paid off by diverting more players to its Uplay portal, where they purchased even more copies of The Division 2. Pre-orders for the sequel are higher than the original overall, and "six-times higher" on the Ubisoft store, noted Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot in yesterday's earnings call (per Rock, Paper, Shotgun). "With this deal, we saw an opportunity to increase player exposure to our own store while at the same time supporting a partner that greatly values our games and provides better terms," said Guillemot. "Early indications are supportive, as PC pre-orders are higher than for the first Division, and pre-orders on the Ubisoft store are six times higher. We believe this deal is a long-term positive for Ubisoft."