What’s in the disappointing Ubisoft Forward Showcase?

June 11, 2024 by No Comments

Summer Game Fest, E3 or whatever we call it now is finally over. Xbox was arguably one of the best shows of the last decade, but Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest keynote fell short of some of the major announcements we’ve come to expect from such a show. Ubisoft’s forward showcase also seemed a bit underwhelming, especially considering the slate of games we know Ubisoft has in development and will release over the next couple of years. So, what happened to the disappointing Ubisoft Forward Showcase?

Ubisoft’s two biggest games coming out later this year, Star Wars Outlaws and Assassin’s Creed Shadows, took up more than half of the one-hour show, apart from two surprise announcements of Anno 117 and a 2026 date for Prince of Persia: Sands. The Time remake doesn’t have much to brag about.

The most notable games already announced are the Splinter Cell remake, Project U, Beyond Good and Evil 2, the 20th anniversary edition of the original, and the debut of Assassin’s Creed Infinity Hub. Start with Shadows. The Division 3 has also been officially announced but won’t go into production until later this year after Appointed Management becomes free after the release of Outlaws.

Other games slated for release in the next two to three years include Assassin’s Creed Invictus, Assassin’s Creed Hex, Far Cry 7, Far Cry Extraction Shooter, a new Ghost Recon game, several new free-to-play games, and more. Codenamed WW2 Extraction Shooter Crest, it has an ambitious 10-year live service plan that follows the events of World War 2.

If everything comes to fruition, it’s easy to see that Ubisoft has a great pipeline of games in the works, but the reality of game development is much more complex. Speaking to several Ubisoft employees, there was a feeling that Ubisoft executives would not commit to public release dates or games until they were confident about their releases. Perhaps because of mishaps like Skull & Bones, there have been more than half a dozen public delays, or the recent example with Star Wars Outlaws, which narrowed its scope to release on time.

Why these things continue at Ubisoft is a bigger story for a later date (but I suggest you read this article about low morale at the company). Internally the problems won’t change, but at least in Ubisoft’s eyes, a little more care with its games and release dates could go a long way. The trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2 has been around for a year, but with no certainty of a release date; Would they like to see another game with more consistent public delays? Maybe not. At the very least, we should hear more about the Beyond Good and Evil 20th-anniversary game soon, but where and when is anyone’s guess.

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