Rainbow Six: Siege Announced at Ubisoft E3 2014 Media Briefing

There were highs, lows, and questionable inclusions, but all-in-all, the Ubisoft 2014 ES press conference was simply a passable event this year – except for the announcement at the end of the show of Rainbow Six: Siege.

Long in development, but mysteriously absent for the last few years, Rainbow Six: Patriots seems to have  disappeared and been replaced by Siege. It’s still too early to tell the quality of the game overall, but it’s safe to say Ubisoft has been hard at work on the long awaited next installment of the Rainbow Six franchise.

The show opened with the first five minutes of Far Cry 4. It was a cinematic sequence featuring the playable character and your introduction to the game’s main enemy. There was no combat, but it laid out some hints as to what the plot may turn out to be. There was no gameplay, and considering the game is supposed to launch November 18, that could indicate there is still a lot of work left to be done.

Next up was Just Dance 2015, which featured nearly 15 minutes of demonstration, gameplay, and discussion. Fans of the franchise (Ubisoft claimed 100 million Just Dance titles sold worldwide) can expect a more socially connected experience thanks to new technology, including the ability to put yourself in the game and share your best performances.

The Division was shown with a brief (very brief) glimpse at some gameplay, as well as a time-lapse CG video of some of the game’s surroundings. The game looks to have a feel similar to what was seen in Sony’s The Last of Us, set in a modern-day post-apocalyptic New York City. It’s still unclear exactly how multiplayer works and if the game is playable (viably) solo.

Open-world racing game The Crew was shown, featuring a sped-up video of a race from one point to another. The game features the ability to drive anywhere in the United States, take on challenges from friends no matter where you currently are on the map, and even compete in up to two-hour long missions. The gameplay wasn’t shown in a whole lot of detail, so this is still one for driving fans to remain cautiously optimistic about.

After a CG trailer, a small amount of Assassin’s Creed: Unity gameplay was featured. It highlighted single player play and just briefly touched on the four-player “shared experience.”

Next up was Shape Up, a fitness game shown off by some on-stage demos of a couple fitness challenges. Fans of that style of game may be interested in this Xbox exclusive.

World War I themed game Valiant hearts: The Great War was next, featuring an art style reminiscent of the recent critically acclaimed game Child of Light. Created in UbiArt Framework, like Child of Light, the emotional trailer depicts a dog traveling through World War I, reminiscing about all the owners he’s had and lost. The game is inspired by actual letters from soldiers.

And as I already mentioned, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot took the stage to unveil Rainbow Six: Siege at the close of the show. Viewers were treated to a multiplayer demo, featuring tactical gameplay of Rainbow operatives sieging a home where opposing players were holding a hostage. It’s one life and you’re dead, which will be great news for long-time fans of the first-person shooter series.

WRAP-UP

The conference was much like any other – a lot of big words, hyperbole, and “ground-breaking” stuff. Regardless of the words used to try to build hype, Ubisoft’s upcoming games lineup appears to be solid. From The Division to Assassin’s Creed: Unity to Valiant Hearts: The Great War to Rainbow Six: Siege, Ubisoft has its hands in a lot of different game styles. While we’ll have to wait and see the evolution of these games, the pedigree of the developer should leave fans pretty optimistic.

Personally, I’d love to see more from The Division this week. It is the game I don’t feel like we’ve seen enough of quite yet. Today’s conference helped, and gives us a better vision of what the game will look like, but at this point, I think you could argue we still don’t really know what this game even is. Is it an MMO? Is it more like Watch Dogs where players just sporadically enter your game? We’ll have to see, but hopefully details begin leaking out about this game even more, beginning this week.

The good news is that 2015 is lining up to be a massive year for gaming, and I continue to say this is the best time in history to be a gamer. Games like The Division, The Witcher 3, and Quantum Break give a bright future to anticipate while enjoying all that 2014 has brought and will continue to bring as well.

Game on.

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