Since this year’s in-person game conferences have been canceled in response to COVID-19, Ubisoft held its own digital conference as part of the Summer Game Fest initiative. Before we dive into what was covered in Ubisoft Forward, we should address the digital goods promised to those who tuned in to the event. As we reported earlier, free copies of Watch Dogs 2 and additional in-game rewards were offered as incentives to watch the event livestream. In order to receive the digital goods, viewers had to either log into their Ubisoft accounts or set up Twitch drops. Unfortunately, Ubisoft’s log in services crapped out during the event. The company promptly addressed the problem during the event by announcing the following:
We’ll be giving out the rewards to all of you, even if you were unable to log in successfully.
Ubisoft has now set up a page you can visit to receive your free copy of Watch Dogs 2, even if you didn’t tune into the event. All you’ll need to do is log into your Ubisoft account, after which you’ll see the following message: “you will soon receive your free PC copy of Watch Dogs 2 in your Uplay PC library. The other in-game rewards will soon await you directly in the related games.” When asked how long it would take for the game to appear in users’ accounts, Ubisoft Support said users “will receive the rewards by the end of the week.”
Moving on to the contents of the event itself, Ubisoft announced Far Cry 6. This announcement was originally intended to be a surprise, but information regarding the game was leaked beforehand. You can read our coverage of those leaks here. One highlight is the inclusion of Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad and The Mandalorian as the actor for Anton Castillo, the game’s primary baddie. The game is supposed to hit stores on February 18, 2021, and will be available for PC, Google Stadia, and current and next-gen consoles.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the next title in a long-running series, was first announced back in April of this year. However, no release date was announced up to this point. Ubisoft revealed the game’s release date as November 17, 2020, alongside a new gameplay overview trailer featuring dual wielding and fortress assaults. The game will be available for the same platforms as Far Cry 6.
Watch Dogs: Legion was revealed over a year ago and was original set to launch on March 6th of this year. However, the game’s release was delayed after Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Division 2 performed poorly. Legion‘s new release date, October 29, 2020, was announced in Ubisoft Forward. Ubisoft also showed off a new gameplay overview trailer emphasizing the game’s key feature: the ability to recruit and play as any NPC in the open world environment. Legion will be available for PC, Google Stadia, and current-gen consoles upon release, but will come to next-gen consoles as well.
The final heavy hitter of the Ubisoft Forward was the announcement that Hyper Scape is now in open beta. This announcement was accompanied by a gameplay trailer, as seen above, and a cinematic trailer. Hyper Scape is Ubisoft’s new sci-fi battle royal game that emphasizes fast-paced movement and verticality.
In addition to the four major announcements, Ubisoft Forward covered an update coming to Ghost Recon Breakpoint on July 15th, followed by a new live event, Resistance, on the 16th. Ubisoft also revealed the release dates of two mobile games: August 6th for Brawlhalla and August 27th for Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad Storming Mobile. Lastly, Ubisoft showed off a trailer for Might & Magic: Era of Chaos, a mobile game already available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.