Ubisoft Forward is the first major publisher event for E3 2021 and kicked off the weekend with several announcements from their extensive catalog of franchises. During the stream we saw extensive footage of Rainbow Six Extraction, content plans for Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed and closed off with a big reveal for their upcoming Avatar game.
Here’s every announcement from Ubisoft Forward, at least as far it concerns players on Xbox consoles and Windows 10 PCs. You know, in case you’re wondering why we didn’t mention the new Rabbids game for Switch.
Rainbow Six Extraction
The Rainbow Six franchise is 23 years old now and Ubisoft seems to stop looking for new ways to send the titular counter-terrorist organization into new places against new threats. Rainbow Six Extraction is probably the wildest evolution of the franchise: a co-op PvE game where up to three players work together to fight against some black alien parasite goo.
The story game also features operators from Rainbow Six: Siege like Alibi, Sledge, Ela and Ash. footage presented featured that good ole Ubisoft classic, Authentic Team Banter as pioneered by the E3 2013 trailer for Tom Clancy’s The Division.
Music games have come and gone over the past decade, but it looks like Ubisoft wants to get back into it with Rocksmith+. It’s a subscription service that lets you use your phone as a microphone and load licensed songs you can learn. Rocksmith+ marks the return of the franchise since Rocksmith 2014.
According to producer, Rocksmith+ will have a “huge” amount of songs at launch — master recordings that will come with chord charts — and give real-time feedback as you play. Looks interesting, but for the love of god, let’s stop naming every subscription service with a plus.
Does it ride? Then it’s in Riders Republic. It’s an extreme sports game with an emphasis on social competition. There’s biking, paragliding, skiing, snowboarding and more. A city playground serves as a hub that’s filled with modules where you can “slay for days.” The game comes out September 2nd.
Rainbow Six: Siege – North Star
It’s the second season of Rainbow Six: Siege Year 6, and Ubisoft gave that milestone a presence on Ubisoft Forward with an animated trailer and introduced us to the new operator, Thunderbird.
Thunderbird is a Defender and their unique skill, the Kóna Station, acts as a point of safety for injured or downed teammates. Operators within the range of it will see their HP boost or get a revive. Crossplay plans were also detailed, with PC, Amazon Luna and Google Stadia getting crossplay on June 30, and crossplay between Xbox and PlayStation arriving “early 2022.”
Watch Dogs Legion – Bloodlines
We already knew that ‘iconic’ progatonist Aiden Pearce would be returning in Watch Dogs Legion’s Season Pass, but the new announcement teaser for Bloodlines presented at Ubisoft Forward reveals that so does Wrench from Watch Dogs 2. That’s right, the emoji masked hacktivist shows up to bring some levity to Pearce’s otherwise grim, dour life.
Bloodlines sees Aiden teaming up with Wrench to take down Zero Day. Why? Because Aiden’s nephew is being tortured and held hostage. Man, Aiden is the worst uncle ever. Wait, too soon?
Just Dance 2022
Just Dance is my favorite annualized franchise from Ubisoft. To help add some sizzle to the upcoming release, it was announced at Ubisoft Forward that Todrick Hall has created a “Just Dance-ified” version of their hit track Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels. That means the same sassy song but absent words that may shock your grandparents.
As per a press release from Ubisoft, 37 new tracks arrive in Just Dance 2022, including songs from Ciara, Imagine Dragons, and Haliee Steinfeld will also be added to the game in the latest iteration. Just Dance 2022 will launch November 4 for Xbox Series X|S and pretty much every other platform it usually launches on except the Wii. Sorry they stopped making em for the Wii in 2019.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
As Ubisoft’s flagship property, the latest Assassin’s Creed continues to receive updates and new content. The Discovery Tour mode is still on the schedule, and will allow you to perform the work of peasants and immerse you in that humble Viking life.
We also got a small peek at the upcoming Siege Of Paris DLC that’s coming this summer which promises one of the most “ambitious” battles in Viking history as well as teases for a whole ‘nother year of updates.
Far Cry 6
It looks like Ubisoft really really wants you to get hyped for Giancarlo Esposito as they presented more footage of him as Anton Casillo with a full cinematic from an early part of the game’s narrative. This is already in addition to the immense material we’ve received in previous events.
The center of this segment though was the season pass for Far Cry 6. The biggest reveal was a piece of content that will let you play as various villains from previous Far Cry games. That’s right, Vaas Montenegro, Pagan Min and Joseph Seed return as playable characters in a dark psychedelic adventure.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
It’s been a bit of a known fact that some kind of Avatar-related project was in development at Ubisoft, but know we know what it is. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is a first-person action adventure set in the world of James Cameron’s Avatar movie universe.
It’s being built on the latest iteration of the Snowdrop engine that Ubisoft Massive uses for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and is set to release on PC, Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. In it, you play as one of the Na’vi and fight against the forces Resources Development Administration (RDA).