E3 2014 - Ubisoft Press Conference Video Feed And Live Updates

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Ubisoft will be hosting its live E3 2014 press conference today at 23:00 BST and we'll be bringing you live footage and updates of everything as it happens.

New gameplay trailers for The Division, Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed: Unity and The Crew will be shown live here later today using the embedded stream below...

For anyone else, this would be a big year, with Watch_Dogs and Assassins Creed: Black Flag dropping to enormous hype. But for the gaming giant that is Ubisoft, it's business as usual. Let's take a sly glance at what they've got going on at the Ubisoft 2014 E3 press conference...

You either love Ubi or they annoy the heck out of you, and their pre-show skit, featuring the adorable/incredibly irritating Rabbids seems to buy happily into this idea. Is repeatedly screaming “waaaaaagh!” hilarious or utterly yawn-worthy? It's really a matter of opinion.

But on to what matters. Ubi's games! Launching the show proper is Far Cry 4, perhaps their most eagerly-awaited title at the moment (unless you're a huge Division fan, of course). It's nice to see a little more story for this behemoth of a game. Sadly, no in-game footage but we get to see a little more of the 'freaky mad guy' that makes the Far Cry franchise stand out from other shooters.

Just Dance 2015 continues the juggernaut of Ubi's sequel/update game model. And yes, it's a dance game that's really not a lot more than a load of new songs, but there's just something about these trailers. Something that makes them extremely difficult to watch without smiling. Combining videogames and dancing like an idiot is just such a great idea, I don't mind that they do it every. Single. Year. Of course, there's all sorts of talking about community and social networks but at the end of the day, it's all about jumping up and down noisily and drunkenly in your living room.

And if drunken dancing at home isn't enough, Just Dance Now allows you to use your phone to connect to a TV to play Just Dance. So any time you need to dance stupidly with a complete stranger on the other side of the planet, it's completely doable, with significantly less 'accidentally on purpose' groping that you get in the average meatspace nightclub. Of course, it's the 'phone-as-controller' thing that's really interesting here – as phones get more and more powerful, will games consoles and – gasp – even the PC see a decline as a gaming platform?

Since The Division slipped recently, interest has wavered a little. Petter Mannerfelt, the producer of The Division, is of course aware of that and does his spooky-eyed, intense best to drag us all back on board. The Division is certainly looking good, and from what we've seen in other trailers, the signs of the 'Ubisoft code' are there – hardpoints that, once captured, give you enhanced resources or unlock new areas of the map, for instance.

Seeing the streets of New York City covered in snow always reminds me of Max Payne, but that (and the Raymond Chandler-esque voiceover) is about where the resemblance ends. The concept – a civilian group of sleeper agents activated after a viral outbreak causes the collapse of civilisation – is an interesting one, and the live-action setup for the story smacks of Ubi's trademark high production value.

But now let's talk about The Crew. An MMO with the entirety of the United States? Generally, when this kind of 'real' map is released, you're never really satisfied that the bits you know first-hand never look much like you'd expect them to, but at the kind of speeds The Crew seems to go, you'd never notice anyway. The trailer certainly shows cars going fast, along a road, overtaking each other, but is perhaps conspicuously silent on why exactly we should care. Sure, there's the MMO aspect, but haven't race games been doing that since 1963?

Fortunately, Julian Gerighty, creative director of The Crew tells us why. Or, at least, attempts to. He talks a lot about asking the fans what should be added into the game, and the devs created an extended... well, it sounds kind of like a beta... where players worldwide were playing together and talking to the devs. But an ACTUAL closed beta is on its way out as well. End of the day, though, I'm still a little lost as to what is actually special about the game. The Crew is our on the 11th of November this year.

Assassins Creed Unity – or, as I prefer to call it, Assassins Creed 2015 – is next up. As you'll probably know by now, Unity is set during the French Revolution (or, as fluent french-speakers like myself call it, le revolution frenchée), with all its noble guillotining, Bastille-storming glory. Upgradeable pitchforks seem inevitable. The live action trailer looks to be an out-of-game-engine re-imagining of the in-game adventure we saw during the Microsoft press conference, and they have one important thing in common – the team of assassins choose to throw their victims to the mob rather than kill them themselves.

That's right – the team. It's a four-player co-op game, assuming you have that many friends. How exactly this works with the story remains to be seen. In the in-game sequence, we certainly see some enhanced agility over previous AC games, where moving through the environment has remained largely unchanged in recent memory. Still, there are plenty of classic AC touchstones such as blending in with crowds and tackling pickpockets. And it seems that wherever you go throughout history, people have always stacked things in such a way that they create makeshift staircases. Weird, that.

Facial expressions just keep getting better and better. When our assassin pins a villain to the wall and questions him, the fear in the man's eyes is clearly visible.

The assassin mentions Robespierre at one point – here at GD, we reckon that Maximilian Robespierre will feature as a major villain in the game. Because if we were writing a game about the French Revolution, we'd cast him as an obvious choice for arch-fiend.

The streets of Paris are certainly chock-full of angry mobs – there are many stinky peasants on the streets. Not a very good place to be an aristocrat...

Shape Up is the first completely new IP in the conference. The idea of making fitness into a game isn't new, of course – coughwiifitcough. But perhaps the idea of battling against your friends will have armies of unfit couch potatoes battling for supremacy. Or maybe not. Watching the lead dev step-bounce-dance his way through the DDR-like workout sim was sort of painful to watch. Not sure this one if really going to break any real new ground. And watching the dev vs. dev exercise-off thing brought the requisite amount of awkwardness which no good E3 show is complete without. Although watching people do on-screen pressups with whales on their backs admittedly made me smile.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War gets a quick look as well. You do have to hand it to Ubisoft – they genuinely seem to care about the historical integrity of their games. And, in the case of Valiant Hearts: The Great War, they do it in such an unmistakeably French way. It really does look like an interesting and unique game with more of a message than a million Calls of Duties.

If Yves Guillemot didn't appear at the end of the Ubi show, I'd have been completely floored. But there he is, as expected. And he has a final parting shot – one last game. At first, it looks like a SWAT multiplayer game. There's a hostage standoff in a suburban house. The SWAT team are looking at various entry points to the house, and are arranging to crash in through the windows and take out the criminals. There's not much in the way of colour – most of everything is practically in black and white – but for a multiplayer game it certainly looks to have something new and interesting. Particularly interesting was the police tactic of breaching the floor to drop in on tangoes in the room below.

But it's not a SWAT game – well, not exactly. It's Rainbow Six: Siege! I'm excited. Although, it has to be said, I'm not as excited as Ubisoft presenter Aisha Tyler. I don't think anyone on the planet could be, really.

 

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16:52 Jun-14-2014

Can anyone tell me, have ubisoft revealed anything about the upcoming Prince of Persia?
They were supposed to tell something at the E3!

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01:13 Jun-12-2014

The new rainbow 6 looks cool. I am looking forward to it

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17:16 Jun-11-2014

ubisoft is the best in all e3 conferences every year but this i want to hear some news for prince of persia so any way now far cry make me happy

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09:16 Jun-10-2014

So I didn't really care about Far Cry series before but then I played Far Cry 3 in the last week and now I can't wait for news of Far Cry 4 :)

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  1. This page doesn't have anything to do with GTA V

  2. Stop spamming.

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06:45 Jun-10-2014

now Ubisoft knows how to make a conference. Start with Far Cry 4, give us The Division, The Crew and AC Unity..End big as started big! really amazed :D

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17:12 Jun-10-2014

I actually had a tear as well, when they ended with Valiant Hearts. They had a wonderful conference, hitting all the sweet spots like they should've :)

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05:35 Jun-10-2014

Ubisoft uploaded some 4 player coop footage of AC Unity just yesterday, it looks like a pretty awesome game to play with friends

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00:42 Jun-10-2014

I was wishing Rainbow Six: Patriots was still alive and kicking...

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08:20 Jun-10-2014

Trust me, you don't. They dumped it anyway, Rainbow Six: Siege is gonna kick Battlefield and CoD in the dust.

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00:33 Jun-10-2014

another mad man from far cry serieszzz! wonderful!

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00:09 Jun-10-2014

WOW that Assassin's Creed: Unity and Far Cry 4 i mean WOW O_O

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00:20 Jun-10-2014

The movement/parkour/climbing in Unity seems so fluid and fast. I'm really excited to find out more about the game! Far Cry 4 looks incredible!

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00:06 Jun-10-2014

Absolutely amazing! Ubisoft put on a great show! Started with Far Cry 4 (Namaste - Im sure fellow Indian GD'ers got that ;) and ending with Rainbow Six Siege! Wow! Put in AC: Unity, The Division, Th Crew, Just Dance and Shape Up and you've got an awesome conference! And Aisha Taylor is such a good host.
Got! The trailers were all sooo great as well. Top-notch all round :D

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08:18 Jun-10-2014

Sure!, We get That (Namaste)-Welcome...

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Just very excited to see our national language being used in a AAA-game, you know :) Im gonna be extra engrossed in this game cuz I'll get all the lil banter they have in the local language and stuff like that. Just truly excited :D

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will be fun to play in hindi (some things)

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00:04 Jun-10-2014

I wish they'd reveal a new ghost recon. but R6 and the Division look excellent!

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19:49 Jun-09-2014

WOW,I just saw Assassin's Creed Unity.Amazing graphics,realistic animations,better combos and blood is everywhere!Heads too. Reminds me of 2nd game with Ezio.

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19:08 Jun-09-2014

Wow can't wait. Just watched Microsoft live, epic fail, once again :) I will be expecting more form ubisoft.

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I thought Microsoft's was pretty good, especially considering that it was Microsoft.

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