Ubisoft Forward: Livestream Breakdown

Jack Wallace-Hunter does a deep dive into the Ubisoft Forward livestream and reveals details about Assassin's Creed: Valhalla and more!

Jack Wallace-Hunter
30th July 2020
Despite the absence of E3 this year, Ubisoft delivered its much-anticipated livestream: Ubisoft Forward. Aired on 12 July, the event was packed with updates, release dates and in-depth footage of gameplay for new titles spanning 2020/21. Alongside major titles such as Watch Dogs: Legion, Hyperscape and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla; the company took on mobile gaming with a push into an ever-increasing environment for casual gaming.

This event comes as Ubisoft has seen major internal changes since the company had been accused of ignoring complaints of sexual misconduct and harbouring a culture of harassment. A statement had been issued via Twitter before the event, notifying viewers that the event had ‘been pre-recorded’ and that the company ‘wanted to recognise that the issues’ would not be dealt within the livestream.

The pre-show announcements eased audiences in with updates on a few established games. Just Dance 2020 will receive six new songs and the integration of a new tournament mode set for 23 July 2020. Additionally, The Crew 2 will be receiving special modded events in August; a new endurance challenge called The Gigatrack will be available for Trails Rising and Ghost Recon Breakpoint will receive multiple changes including customisable AI teammates.

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla took centre stage in this event

Ubisoft kicked the main show off with a showcase of the latest instalment for the Watch Dogs franchise: Watch Dogs: Legion. Players will be able to control any character featured in this game that takes place in a futuristic London. Characters will possess different abilities for all gameplay types, whether you choose to be tactical and stealthy or attempt to brute-force your way through missions. Watch Dogs: Legion is set to release 29 October 2020 for Xbox One, PS4, Stadia and PC.

Following this, the livestream showcased new announcements for mobile gaming. Brawlhalla will be coming to iOS and Android devices on 6 August 2020 and will feature more than 50 fighters, multi-platform cross-play and customisable controls. Ubisoft also showcased a new trailer for Tom Clancy Elite Squad set for release on 27 August 2020.

Another major announcement was the launch of the Hyperscape open beta. This dystopian battle royale set in 2054 integrates spectating into matches through a Twitch extension where viewers will be able to vote on conditions that players will have to adapt to such as unlimited ammo reserves or low gravity environments. The game is set to launch for consoles this summer.

Assassins’ Creed: Valhalla took centre stage in this event, presenting to viewers an in-depth look at gameplay and setting. Gamers will play as Viking invader Eivor who travels from their homeland to settle in ninth century England. Accompanied by their clan, players will pillage, build alliances, and battle in order to protect their people. Gameplay was also dropped after the event showing new combat systems and new settings. Assassins’ Creed: Valhalla will be set to launch on Xbox One/Series X, PS4/5, PC and Stadia.

Finally, a couple of days after it’s confirmation, a dramatic cinematic trailer was revealed for Far Cry 6. The game stars Giancarlo Esposito who plays dictator Presidente Anton Castillo on the island of Yara. The sixth instalment of the Far Cry franchise is set to release on 18 February 2021.

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