New games, new content

Danial Norjidi

Ubisoft shared a look at the latest developments in its video game portfolio with the recent Ubisoft Forward digital conference, announcing new titles as well as new content for existing titles.

The first title showcased was Immortals Fenyx Rising. The game’s Director Scott Philips described it as a third-person open-world action-adventure set in the fantastical landscape of Greek mythology.

Players will take on mythological beasts, master legendary powers and defeat Typhon, the deadliest Titan in Greek mythology, “in an epic fight for the ages”.

“You’ll play as Fenyx, a Greek warrior shipwrecked on the mysterious Golden Isle,” said Phillips, sharing that players will get to create their own Fenyx. As players progress, they will find more opportunities to customise their character by discovering legendary weapons, unique pieces of gear and cosmetics as well as earning mythical abilities that can turn the tide of battle.

“On your journey, you’ll grow stronger and achieve incredible things, like gliding with the wings of Daedalus to jump higher, fight while airborne and glide freely in the open world, facing off against dangerous mythical beasts like the giant Cyclops, flying harpies, and huge multi-armed hecatoncheires,” he said.

The game has “a tactical and fast-paced over-the-top combat system” as well as puzzles and challenges scattered throughout the world that players can solve to improve their powers.

Immortals Fenyx Rising. PHOTOS: UBISOFT
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“You’ll also get to explore an epic, vibrant and stylised open world filled with secrets, puzzles and stories rooted in Greek mythology,” said Phillips. “To stand a chance against Typhon and his minions, you’ll need to explore this mysterious land and become a mythical hero yourself.”

The game will be released on December 3 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Epic Games Store, Uplay and Stadia.

Next up was Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake. The game’s Senior Producer Annu Koul spoke on the upcoming re-make of the 2003 action-adventure title, saying that people love the original Prince of Persia. “It has put a mark in everyone’s hearts, and now we are going to bring it back because people still have that nostalgic feeling and want to play that game.”

This re-make sees players embark on a journey as the Prince of Persia to save his kingdom from the treacherous Vizier. The game will be released on January 21, 2021 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Epic Games Store and Uplay. It was also revealed that Yuri Lowenthal has reprised his role as the voice of the Prince.

The game’s Director Pierre-Sylvain Gires said that working on the title “is a huge honour because I think it’s a beloved game”.

“We respected the original design, we respected the story-line, we respected the characters.

We just enhanced everything in the game from camera to combat, as well as the visuals.

“We implemented a targetted system which actually enhanced the velocity of the Prince and his abilities to do amazing moves. We use the latest technology as well as motion capture to bring realism and to bring logic and sense into the story.

“We heard the players’ desire to play Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time again and we are very pleased to bring it as the first every remake from Ubisoft,” he said. “It’s a beautiful story. We are very excited to give you this experience.”

Next to feature was Ubisoft’s sci-fi first-person shooter Hyper Scape, a free-to-play game that was released on August 11 featuring a Battle Royale mode.

The presentation provided a glimpse of a new limited-time mode for the game called ‘Turbo Mode’, launched yesterday.
Another announcement was an event – the first ever Rainbow Six World Cup, which will take place in Summer 2021.

As Francois-Xavier Deniele, Esports Director for Ubisoft explained, “Today we are proud to have more than 60 million players of Rainbow Six Siege and we can see that we are a top tier e-sports title. It was the right moment to have a new layer of competition.”

“The Rainbow Six World Cup is a new layer of competition of our ecosystem. It will be the first time that we have a country-based competition for our e-sports title.

“The Rainbow Six World Cup will have 20 teams participating in the main event, but more than 45 countries will participate in the qualifier.” Former NBA champion Tony Parker was also revealed as the ambassador for the Rainbow Six World Cup.

Details of the new season of Rainbow Six Siege were then provided by the game’s Creative Director Leroy Athanassof, who shared, “A couple of years ago, we made the commitment to be live for at least 10 years, and today we are already close to the halfway point of this
symbolic milestone.

“We are not only maintaining this commitment, but we are doubling down by investing more than ever to make the game grow and evolve.

“This season will be Siege’s biggest one to date and we’re excited to bring a familiar face to the Rainbow Six operator roster permanently. Sam Fisher, or cosign Zero in Siege, will be bringing his combat experience and training into the game. We are a huge fan of Sam, and we wanted to show you how he fits within our universe.”

He also announced that the game will be releasing on next-gen consoles this year, with up to 4k and 120 FPS. “Current console players will all get this update for free once they upgrade to the next-gen platform of the same family. As we said, we are in this for the long run, and we have plans for years to come.”

The showcase then continued with the announcement of Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition, a 2D arcade-style beat-‘em-up inspired by the Scott Pilgrim comic book series and movie.

The Complete Edition, which includes the original Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game, as well as its original DLCs, has a holiday 2020 release date for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Stadia and Uplay.

The spotlight then fell on upcoming action-adventure title Watch Dogs: Legion, which releases on October 29 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC and Stadia, and will also be coming soon to next-gen consoles. It was announced that British Rap artiste Stormzy will be featured in the game with a mission called Fall On My Enemies.

Watch Dogs: Legion Live Producer Lathieeshe Thillainathan announced that Aiden Pearce, the protagonist from the first Watch Dogs game, “will be a fully playable character in Watch Dogs: Legion as part of our post-launch plans. We’re going to open up a whole new chapter in a story as part of our standalone DLC included in our season pass”.

Closing the presentation, Ubisoft provided a first look at their upcoming new game, Riders Republic.

“Riders Republic is a mass multi-player game where you enjoy extreme sports outdoors together with your friends and the community. Our studio is known for its expertise on many multi-player games, and there is a huge world to explore,” Senior Community Developer Charlotte Dubois said.

Senior Game Designer Manfred Neber said, “For Riders Republic, you enter into this world with all these people around you, which gives you a tonne of possibilities, to group up with them, to challenge them, to experiment with different extreme sports with different types of terrain.” He described Riders Republic as “a next-gen social interaction game with a huge world and a lot of possibilities. It’s literally an extreme sports fantasy land.”

Creative Director Igo Manceau speaking about the game, said their objective was to depict natural places. “We wanted to go for the biggest and most impressive natural places in the world. So we decided to go to the United States (US) national parks.

“What we did is actually stitching together seven regions in a way that feels natural, but for each of them we actually used GPS data so that everything you see stands there for real, and I think it’s going to be a great experience.”

The game releases on February 25, 2021 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and Stadia.