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E3 2015: What to Expect from Ubisoft


It's that time of the year! We're taking a look at a few E3 press conference holders and what they might have in store for us. Ubisoft is back again with their core franchises including Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Rainbow Six Siege, Just Dance 2016, and a few newcomers. Check out our full E3 Press Conference Schedule for dates and times. We've also compiled a Where to Watch Press Conferences list with a few alternatives for each.

Aisha and The Boys

Comedian, actress, and video game voice talent Aisha Tyler is set to host the 2015 Ubisoft press conference. After a few fumbles in 2014, Ubisoft will be looking to redeem themselves with stellar games that hopefully won't disappoint.

This year Ubisoft will be showing off the latest entries in three of their long standing franchises: Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Rainbow Six Siege, and Just Dance 2016. Syndicate is themed around Victorian London and features a melee focused combat system as well as a brother/sister protagonist combo. Siege will be the first entry to the Rainbow Six series since 2008 with a focus on tight, strategical combat. Just Dance 2016 will be the sixth entry to Ubisoft's rhythm franchise. A leaked image from E3 all but guarantees it's presence at this years conference.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate
Rainbow Six won't be the only game representing the Tom Clancy brand this year. The Division, which was delayed to 2016, will likely be present as well. The MMO/Shooter/RPG hybrid took E3 2013 by storm and continued the surprise finale trend set by Watch Dogs the year before. After a few development alterations and release date adjustments, hopefully the game will be ready to hit the big stage yet again.

Speaking of Watch Dogs, Senior VP of Ubisoft Tony Key has been on record that the hacking adventures of Aiden Pierce is now considered a franchise. Watch Dogs was the key to Ubisoft's E3 2012 hype and blew away all sales expectations. I'd put my money on Watch Dogs 2 being the finale game for this year.

The Tom Clancy Bag

Ubisoft's current focus is on Rainbow Six Siege and The Division where the Tom Clancy brand is concerned. But don't forget about the other tricks they can pull out of that seemingly endless hat. Namely Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon. It's clear that Ubisoft is not afraid to bring out a few 'AAA' games a year. With Assassin's Creed being yearly, The Division launching in early 2016, and the previously mentioned coming out in 2015, the door is still open for another Clancy title to sneak into Fall 2016.

Tom Clancy's The Division
Ghost Recon Future Soldier and Splinter Cell Blacklist were released in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Both were well received critically yet failed to meet Ubisoft's financial expectations. Watch Dogs was proof that if Ubisoft completely invests in a game, it will likely succeed. Yet Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon may fall prey to the niche genres they belong to. But if any games get pulled from the hat, it better be these two and not Hawx or EndWar.

The Rest

The field is wide open for Ubisoft. Their unique mixture of yearly 'AAA', mid-tier, and indie games really sets them apart from other publishers. The 2014 conference featured Valiant Hearts, The Crew, Far Cry 4, and more. There are still a few titles whos names have been tossed around with little tangible information to back them up. Its been a long time since the last Prince of Persia title was released on consoles. Even longer for the Beyond Good and Evil franchise. Furious 4 was also announced as the tentative title for the upcoming Brothers in Arms sequel.

Whatever games are chosen, you can be sure to find something for everyone. Whether it be the yearly Assassin's Creed, Tom Clancy sequel, or an old franchise brought back to life. It all begins Monday at 6:00 PM ET!
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