E3 2021 is now well underway, and while we’ve seen some great announcements so far, we’ve still got some big players on the way. Big names like Xbox and Nintendo still to have their showcases later in the week, but right now, it’s time to take a look at what was revealed at Ubisoft Forward 2021.
Rainbow Six: Extraction
The show started out strong with our first look at Rainbow Six: Siege spin-off, Extraction. R6: Extraction is set in the same world as Siege, however, team Rainbow must now come together to take on a new threat, one with extra-terrestrial origins. We were treated to both a thrilling cinematic trailer and gameplay walkthrough that revealed much about the game, which is a 1-3 player co-op experience where players will get to play as their favourite operators as you delve deep into areas inhabited by the alien Archaeans. Players must contend with these mysterious alien foes while trying to complete objectives on each level of a mission, however, the further you progress, the tougher enemies become, and new and deadlier variant Archaean opponents will stand in your way. It looks to be an exciting new experience for fans of Rainbow Six: Siege, and even those looking for a new co-op shooter, and you’ll be able to get your hands on Rainbow Six Extraction and rescue fallen comrades when the game releases September 16th.
Rocksmith returns in the form of Rocksmith+, which promises to improve on its existing systems to bring audiences a musical learning experience like no other. As stated during the show, Rocksmith+ will be a fun and exciting way of learning to play the guitar, whether that be acoustic, bass, or electric. It seemingly boasts the most diverse music library found in modern music learning software, allowing users to play various songs on their way to become the world’s next best guitar player. It will not only allow users to connect their instrument to whatever device they are playing on, but the team behind it has taken great care to ensure that your learning experience feels more personal and visible, as you’ll be able to track your progress as a player, rather than on one particular song. Rocksmith+ is coming soon, but if you want to start your musical journey early, you can go and sign up to try out the closed beta right now.
First announced a while ago, Riders Republic was once again shown off during the show. We got a better look at what to expect from this open-world extreme sports MMO, including a social hub, head to head competitive team modes, and some stunning scenery. It won’t be long before players get to try out what looks to be an exhilarating online social experience, as the game releases on September 2nd.
Rainbow Six: Siege
While Rainbow Six: Extraction was the big reveal, it makes sense that Ubisoft would give a little bit of the spotlight to Siege; which, going into its sixth year, is as popular as ever. After thanking fans for their continued support and dedication to the game, the team behind Rainbow Six: Siege reaffirmed their own dedication to the game, announcing that PC, Stadia, and Luna versions of Siege will be receiving cross-play and cross-progression as of June 30th. Console players can also expect these features to arrive on consoles in early 2022. The team also treated fans to a new animated short featuring the newest operator, Thunderbird.
Just Dance 2022
It wouldn’t be a Ubisoft games showcase without the appearance of the latest Just Dance. This latest instalment in the long-running series will include 40 new songs from artists such as Imagine Dragons and Ciara. Artist Todrick Hall will also be collaborating with the Just Dance team to bring players an exclusive version of their song “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels”. Just Dance 2022 will be available on consoles, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia on November 4th.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
The team behind Assassin’s Creed Valhalla made an appearance to go over how far the game has come since launch. They highlighted the powerful community response, post-launch additions, and the fact that it had the series’ biggest launch yet. We also got a look at what’s coming next for the game, including the next expansion, The Siege of Paris, Discovery Tour, and the introduction of the highly requested one-handed swords.
But that wasn’t all. Fans of the game will be happy to know that Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will be receiving continued support well into its second year, and that more free content updates and expansions are one the way. We were then left with a cryptic teaser to what will most likely be the games third expansion, which looks to delve deeper into Norse mythology.
Ubisoft movies and TV
Ubisoft also took the time to give some love to their live-action projects. Ahead of the season finale of its second season, Apple TV series Mythic Quest was given a new trailer for those watching the showcase;
And this was then followed by an exclusive sneak peek and trailer for the upcoming movie Werewolves Within, a whodunnit style comedy based on the Ubisoft VR title of the same name.
Far Cry 6
After what seems to be numerous reveals for the game this week, fans once again received another look at Far Cry 6. This time around, we were treated to a fascinating cinematic trailer that gave us a better look into the mind of the series newest villian Antón Castillo, as he raids a refugee fishing boat that his son has tried to escape on. Antón’s sinister brutality is on full display as he delivers a menacing lesson on fishing, right before…well I’ll let you see for yourself. He truly seems like a phenomenal villain, and I can’t wait to see more of him when the game releases.
That wasn’t the only piece of Far Cry news we got however, as we also got a look at what will be included in the season pass. After noting how important strong villains are to the franchise, the team behind Far Cry unveiled that players will get to play as some of the series’ most popular villains in post-launch DLC packs. These include Far Cry 3’s Vaas Montenegro, Far Cry 4’s Pagan Min, and Far Cry 5’s Joseph Seed, as they appear to be trapped in their own personal hells.
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
A sequel to popular turn-based crossover Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Mario + Rabbids: Spark of Hope goes full-on Guardians of the Galaxy, taking everyone’s favourite plumber and gang of familiar characters on a mission to save the galaxy from a new evil. Players will be able to traverse exciting new worlds, collect coins, and battle some spooky looking Rabbids when the game releases in 2022, but until then, here are both the cinematic and gameplay trailers for you to enjoy.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
In typical E3 fashion, Ubisoft ended their show with a big reveal, none other than a new game in James Cameron’s Avatar franchise. Rumoured for a while. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is looking to be a stellar AAA title that will take players back to the alien world of Pandora. While we only got a cinematic trailer, beautiful shots of Pandoran wildlife and fauna, stunning vistas, and an action-packed dogfight between Human forces and Na’Vi warriors will no doubt leave you in awe and eager to see more. The game is set to release in 2022 and appears to be releasing only on next-gen consoles, PC, Stadia, and Luna.
During the show, we also got a brief look at what’s coming soon to other Ubisoft titles, including Watch Dogs: Legion, Brawlhalla, Trackmania and more. The trailers for everything shown during this segment can be found below.
By the end of the show, I felt Ubisoft Forward 2021 was great. While it may not have been big reveal after big reveal, the presence of the new Rainbow Six, and the surprise of a new Avatar game really gave the show some flair. But in the end, I was impressed by how much Ubisoft demonstrated their commitment to their existing titles, as well as providing fans with new and exciting projects. Still no Splinter Cell though. What did you think of Ubisoft Forward 2021? Let us know on Twitter @rapidreviewsuk.