We've broken down all the big-name mentions in the E3 2021 Ubisoft Forward, including Far Cry, Rainbow Six, Assassin's Creed, and new titles.
Far Cry 6
Fans were able to view another trailer for this upcoming game, showcasing exactly what happens when one tries to escape a severe dictatorship.
13-year-old Diego Castillo fled his father, Anton Castillo, not wanting to partake in the tyranny and dictatorship. He is caught by his father aboard a fishing boat and, though he tells his son he'll "release the fish" they caught, he instead allows his guards to open fire on the refugees.
Anton Castillo will join the legacy of prolific Far Cry villains that players will have the chance to revisit by purchasing the Far Cry 6 Season pass---including access to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
Rainbow Six Extraction
The alien parasite has expanded to new areas in Rainbow 6: Extraction, threatening areas that had previously managed to avoid the malignant extraterrestrial threat. Its aggressive evolution has led it to take over New York City, San Francisco, and Alaska.
Rainbow Six Extraction is a 1-3 player co-op mode meant to be a "completely different" experience than fans have seen before. It pits operators in a team against their environment and a variety of alien parasite enemies including shape-shifting Tormentors, exploding Breachers, and the terrifying Archæan Apex.
Entering a containment zone risks all the progress player has--a necessary first step in the mode. Players are tasked with investigating several sites, completing objectives on the map and, hopefully, making it out alive. Progression involves unlocking new abilities and weaponry to allow for a better chance at surviving incursions.
Teammates that go missing during an incursion are vulnerable to MIA status. These operators cannot be played again until they've been successfully recovered by the team through an extraction mission.
Rainbow Six Extraction will feature cross play and goes live on Sept. 16.
Rainbow Six Siege Quality of Life Updates
The crossplay feature will go live for PC, Stadia, and Luna on June 30. It is slated to hit consoles early in 2022.
A new operator, "Thunderbird," a First Nations female pilot, is set to release during the Northstar event.
The flagship guitar education platform will see an updated release called "Rocksmith+."
For the first time ever, players can simply connect to their console or mobile device with no additional gear required. Rockstar+ will feature all the custom practice options players could need alongside a new advanced note-detection system for both acoustic and electric instruments.
Fans will be able to learn to play guitar by playing along to master recordings of their favorite songs in a way they've yet to experience. Thanks to a massive library expansion and personalized recommendations, students can become the rockstar they've always dreamed of and play alongside their musical heroes.
Every week the platform plans to release a new set of arrangements, including those made and published by fellow players through the Community Workshop. Additionally, the community will be able to upload their own tips and tricks to new students to help advance their education.
Fans can register for closed beta access through the Rocksmith website. When released later this year, it will be a subscription-based service.
Extreme sports fans will find their kicks in Rider's Republic, a Ubisoft original title that allows players to experience their X-Game dreams. Players will have a variety of platforms to choose from including dirt biking, snowboarding, gliding, and more.
The Republic includes an expansive collection of tracks and modules designed by developers and players. Each individual can compete in massive races to earn stars and unlock new gear and rewards. There is no end to the courses and competitions players will be able to enter and show off their guts on nature's playgrounds.
Rider's Republic will release on Sept. 2 and is now available for pre-order.
Live Game Updates
- Brawlhalla is going to get the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as playable characters.
- Ghost Recon: Breakpoint players will be able to participate in a 20th-anniversary event.
- New content including tracks and cars coming to The Crew 2.
Just Dance 2022
Just Dance 2022's headlining talent is none other than Toderick Hall, the artist behind the hit track "Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels." In fact, this track has become so popular that a brand new, exclusive, lyrically-reworked version will be released exclusively on the game--alongside 40 new songs.
More information about the game can be found on JustDance.com. It's slated for a Nov. 4 launch date.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla DLC
For the first time in franchise history, Ubisoft has committed to supporting one of their Assassin's Creed titles well into its second year.
Aside from the recently released Wrath of the Druids expansion, developers have revealed a second DLC, the Siege of Paris, waiting in the wings. Jarl Eivor will have to secure important alliances to keep her clan afloat during the "most ambitious" battle in Viking history. Of course, players can expect new gear, weapons, and abilities once the content launches.
Ubisoft announced it will be releasing the newest discovery tour, Discovery Tour Viking Age, this coming Fall. Players can step into the shoes of a Viking villager and explore what life was like in the Viking Age. Exclusive rewards will be available throughout.
Otherwise, the revealed information was minor. Black box infiltration missions will be making a comeback--giving players an objective and free reign to achieve it. One-handed swords are finally being implemented thanks to player pressure and feedback.
TV & Film
"Werewolves Within" based on the original Ubisoft title. It's a full-length murder mystery "with claws." It looks like a small town just got a big werewolf problem. The movie will feature a bit of horror and comedy that will leave audiences howling with laughter. It is set for a Summer release date.
"Mythic Quest," Ubisoft's streaming series about the development team behind a popular MMO, will be getting a second season--available now on AppleTV+.
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
Ubisoft unveiled their new Rabbid Rabbits x Super Mario Galaxy crossover title, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope. Mario and the gang suit up to help the Rabbids across the galaxy repel evil. They'll be going up against a new villain looking to do harm to the crew's latest adorable allies: the Sparks.
The Sparks are Rabbids and Lumas. They will allow the heroes to borrow their unique powers with each Spark gleaning their power and appearance from their region of the galaxy.
The game releases exclusively on the Nintendo Switch in 2022.
AVATAR: Frontiers of Pandora
Set on Pandora, the world of James Cameron's AVATAR, "Frontiers of Pandora" appears to be centered on the conflict between the native Na'vi and the human aliens looking to strip their home planet of its resources. Other than this, however, details about the game are scarce to nonexistent.
It's set for a 2022 release to next-generation consoles, PC, Stadia, and Luna.