Ubisoft took center stage on Saturday at E3, and showed off a bunch of games with release dates. We learned more about Far Cry 6, Riders Republic, Rainbow Six Extraction, and a lot more!
Which announcements landed and which fell short? Check out our hits and misses from the Ubisoft showcase on Day 1 of E2 2021.
Rainbow Six Extraction
The much anticipated spinoff to Rainbow Six Siege, Rainbow Six Extraction got a proper showing at Ubisoft’s E3 showcase. The game looks fantastic, as operators fight the Archaen in San Francisco, Alaska, and New York, and New Mexico. The Extraction presentation began with a cinematic trailer, which showed some of the world.
Then, however, we got the thing that makes this a huge hit – gameplay. Headshots took out Archaen enemies with a single shot, and operators descended level by level to attempt to meet the objectives. There’s an element of risk in Extraction – choose to get extracted when you complete a level, or descend another level together to try and get better rewards while risking what you’ve earned so far. That risk adds to the fun and strategy in the game.
Rainbow Six Extraction will release on September 16, 2021.
Far Cry 6
We didn’t see a whole lot more of Far Cry 6 today, but we did learn more about the game’s primary villain, Anton Castillo. A cinematic shows us Anton stopping the movement of a ship carrying refugees away from Yara to a presumably better life in America. One of the passengers is a young boy, who turns out to be Anton’s son. Anton has the ship stopped to recover his son, who opposes Anton and his tactics. What follows is a display of Anton’s cruelty and methods.
The big news about Far Cry 6 from Ubisoft Forward was the reveal that past villains such as Joseph Seed and Vaas will be playable in Far Cry 6 as part of the Season Pass DLC. No price was given on the DLC, which also includes Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
Far Cry 6 launches on October 7, 2021.
Steep was, once upon a time, a highly anticipated extreme sports game from Ubisoft. What resulted was a game that was a little too “realistic” for its own good, and that had a negative effect on the fun factor and replayability of the game. Riders Republic, the new effort from Ubisoft, seems to have corrected that misstep by providing a fun, borderline over-the-top experience that players can explore solo or competitively.
The fun factor was apparent here, as we saw massive 64-player races on bikes and wingsuits and everything in between. Comparatively, we saw the ability for players to explore the terrain by themselves, discovering new landmarks and new places to start an adventure from. We even saw someone racing in an ice cream cart. The grounded competitive aspect alongside the insanity and over-the-top moments indicate that Riders Republic might be a huge win for Ubisoft this fall.
Riders Republic launches on September 2, 2021.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora was the last surprise game shown at Ubisoft Forward. We didn’t see a lot, and certainly no gameplay, but what we did see looks slightly promising.
Why is it a “down” then?
Well, a couple of reasons. First, we saw no gameplay whatsoever. Avatar could prove to be an amazing game. It could prove to be the complete opposite of that. We just don’t know much yet, so it’s hard to say that it’s a huge up for Ubisoft.
Secondly, Avatar was a game that about no one was clamoring for. Of course, that doesn’t mean that we won’t learn we really needed and wanted it over time. It’s just that right now, people might have been hoping to learn more about the Ubisoft Star Wars efforts.
No Splinter Cell
We don’t need to say much more here. Come on, Ubisoft -give the people what they want!
Fans are dying to see Sam Fisher return in a new Splinter Cell game, which has been rumored to be in the works for years. It’s possible that Ubisoft has learned from their experiences announcing Skull & Bones and Beyond Good and Evil 2 far too early, but fans want just a simple confirmation that Splinter Cell is a real thing. Is that so hard to do, Ubisoft?
On a positive note here, it would be a much better moment in front of a live crowd at E3 2022. I’m sure that’s what Ubisoft is thinking. Right?
There you have it – our ups and downs from Ubisoft Forward at E3 2021. What did you think was great? Let us know in the comments below. Also, follow us on Twitter here and hit subscribe on our YouTube channel for all the latest from E3 2021.