It began with a lot of vibrant colours, optimism, a dancing panda (I’m not sure why either) and Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing’ ringing out as Ubisoft began proceedings with the Just Dance 2019 announcement. Cue rapturous applause from the arena, but a dismal reaction online as people felt it dragged on for longer than it should have.
Luckily for Ubisoft there were some particularly good things we can take away from their conference which will allow us to forgive and forget that number.
Ubisoft did let us know about a partnership with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s company, HitRECord. They plan to crowdsource parts of the game, such as music and artwork by allowing artists to collaborate and perhaps see their work in the finished project. This in theory is a fantastic idea which allows gamers to feel part of the universe that they will spend hours exploring. It does raise concerns however as the internet is known for it’s dark ways, online trolls and griefers may see this as a playground of destruction. Only time will tell.
It is great to see that Ubisoft want to promote collaboration between people online within the gaming community, this could be the start of something completely new and exciting for the world of video games.
Note to presenter: When you go off stage, turn off the mic before you prematurely shout out that you ‘nailed it’.
ASSASSINS CREED ODYSSEY
Let’s face it. This is the reason why most people were at the Ubisoft Conference and watching online. This was the main draw this year. Today we got to see the first walkthrough gameplay trailer and received a little bit more information on the mechanics for the game. It was announced that there would be the option to play as one of two characters; either Alexios or Cassandra, and we also learned that Ubisoft has gone more in-depth with the decision based gameplay, ensuring you can change historical events with your decisions.
NOTE: For Honor is missing from the list but will be included in a full length article later today.