Take a look at Ubisoft's foray into the MMORPG.
By Tim Colwill on June 11, 2013 at 7:25 am
From the moment that Ubisoft chose to open their E3 conference with aging rocker Jerry Cantrell cranking out a solo, it seemed clear that the company didn’t have a lot of cards up their sleeve. In fact for the first 30 minutes or so, Ubisoft took the opportunity to wow the audience with… almost literally nothing new at all.
With an updated edition of Rocksmith, a messy supercut Splinter Cell: Blacklist trailer consisting (as far as I can tell) entirely of trailers we’ve already seen and then a laborious explanation for The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot (which many members of the public are already testing), the only time the audience really reacted was when host Aisha Tyler mentioned South Park: The Stick of Truth and even the trailer for that was basically just one long extended fart joke and no actual gameplay footage.
However, all was not lost. Around the midway point Ubisoft really began to hit their stride, with CEO and Ubiboss Yves Guillemont revealing that the developers at Ivory Tower have been working on something called The Crew: a persistent, online racer that purports to have the entirety of the continental United States mapped out for your pleasure. It’s coming to PC in early 2014 and it sees you trying to infiltrate and take over a criminal organisation, which you can do through a series of vehicular based stuns because videogames. The demonstration showed that pulling your friends in and starting up some co-op was seamless, as was switching around between the different types of multiplayer offerings. The final footage of the game showed four players working together to perform a takedown of an enemy target, having been called in by their friend while they were off in another part of the country doing time trials, skill challenges, or other diversions.
From there it was a sudden slamp back to boredom again, with an all-CGI no-gameplay Watch Dogs trailer (which had, fittingly, already leaked before the conference), another instalment of Just Dance for an exciting new year, and another instalment of Raving Rabbids themed minigames and diversions. We were then finally treated to some new gameplay footage of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and another CGI trailer for it, before the reveal of Trials Fusion, a sci-fi themed Trials game for consoles and PC which links up with Trials Frontier, the new mobile edition of Trials. If you like Trials, it’s going to be a very good year for you.
It was the final reveal of the conference which had the most people talking, and for good reason — this was the long-awaited reveal of the ‘AAA next-gen online RPG’ that Ubisoft Massive have been keeping so close to their chest. Named Tom Clancy’s The Division, the game is a third-person persistent online shooter with strong exploration, survival and PVP elements set in a ruined modern world with only few remnants of current technology. Players do seem to have access to some high-tec gadgets however, including shield generators, mapping pulses and drones.
Unfortunately for PC players, it seems like The Division is only coming to PS4 and Xbox One. It’s not known whether players from different consoles will be able to interact, but it seems unlikely. Still, odds are good that The Division will eventually make its way to PC, especially since the architecture to support it is already in place. From what we saw of it, it looked quite impressive, and certainly that sort of drop-in, drop-out PVP gameplay would go down a treat on Steam.