E3 2021 Recap: Ubisoft Forward Event

Ubisoft had a lot of DLC announcements for their Ubisoft Forward event this year, though of course we also got a few new game reveals. As usual, we are only interested in the announcements that are relevant to the PC platform, so you won’t find Mario+Rabbids here, sadly.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction

The Rainbow Six series is going back to its roots in a way with Extraction, as we are finally getting a cooperative take on Siege. Team Rainbow won’t be facing human terrorists though, but an adaptable alien threat known as the Archæans. The Operators from Siege return, and seeing them in action in a very different context felt a lot better than I’d anticipated. This is definitely a title to keep on your radar if you’ve been looking for a new co-op title to add to your rotation.

Rainbow Six Extraction should hit PC on September 19th.

Take on the lethal and evolving Archæan threat in Rainbow Six Extraction. New gear, new abilities, new strategy. Team up with friends in 3 player co-op and work together to learn and overcome Rainbow Six’s most dangerous enemy to date. And if one of you goes down in the containment zone, it’s up to you and your teammates to mount a rescue and make sure everyone gets out alive.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

I’ll be honest, I didn’t care much for Avatar, and I never beat the previous Ubisoft Avatar title. This one though? The first look trailer we got to see during Ubisoft Forward has me very hyped for 2022. It’s a first person action adventure game made by Massive Entertainment using the latest version of the Snowdrop Engine (the impressive tech that powers both The Division titles). We’ll play as a Na’vi and explore a new area of Pandora (the Western Frontier) while meeting new characters and working to push back the Resources Development Administration.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora has a 2022 release window.

Riders Republic

Steep didn’t exactly light the world on fire, but it was a fun take on extreme sports games, so Ubisoft is trying again with Riders Republic, which seems to be Steep 2 in all but name. Hopefully it’ll be more popular than Steep, as I quite like what I see in the trailer they shared this week.

Riders Republic should be out on September 2nd. A Beta will be held at some point before that, and you can register your interest on it here.

Jump into a massive multiplayer playground! Bike, ski, snowboard, or wingsuit across an open world sports paradise.

Far Cry 6: Season Pass

Yeah, this is weird for me too, a Season Pass trailer for a game that isn’t out yet? I get it though. Far Cry 6 suffered delays thanks to the ongoing global pandemic so the marketing team might have already transitioned to working on DLC announcements before that happened. At any rate, we got a pretty interesting idea at play here, as the Season Pass for the latest Far Cry game will let us play as three iconic Far Cry villains, Vaas Montenegro, Pagan Min and Joseph Seed. According to the description for this DLC, this is the first time that we play as a Far Cry villain, but I’d say that Far Cry 2 might disagree there. Permadeath seems to be a thing here as well, which is nice, as I enjoyed Far Cry 4‘s Escape From Durgesh Prison DLC.

Embrace the Far Cry legacy and play as the villains with the FAR CRY® 6 Season Pass.

For the first time in Far Cry history, you are the villain. Get up close and personal as you take control of the legends themselves: Vaas Montenegro, Pagan Min and Joseph Seed – all played by the original cast. Delve into these iconic villain’s twisted minds, uncover their backstories, battle their inner demons, and reunite with familiar faces. All of this in a new Far Cry gameplay experience in which you will have to die… and retry. Can you escape the mind of a villain?

Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline

We are coming up on DLC for released games, yay! Bloodline sees the return of Watch Dogs‘s Aiden Pearce, a character that seems to have been somewhat well received by fans of the franchise (I have to admit that I never liked him so this is news to me). At any rate, Aiden will have to team up with Wrench (that guy from Watch Dogs 2 who had an electronic mask) in order to save his nephew and beat a crazy robotic army. Looks cool!

Aiden Pearce is back! Discover Bloodline, the expansion that brings Aiden and Wrench back to Watch Dogs!

Set before the events of the main game, Aiden Pearce leaves Chicago for London where he will take over a contract and reunite with Wrench and his nephew Jackson. Caught between a powerful military robotics corporation and a returning DedSec member with an opposing agenda, Aiden must rely on his grit and experience to navigate a hostile city, try to outmaneuver his enemies, and keep his family intact.

Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline will be out on July 6th, and it’s already included in the Season Pass if you own that.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Season Pass+More!

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is probably my favorite title in the series, so I’m quite pumped by the news that the game will get more DLC after the upcoming Siege of Paris expansion drops. Both paid and free content updates are planned (we are talking about expansion-sized content drops for the paid bits), and fans of the Discovery Tour mode from the previous two titles will probably be very happy to learn that it’s coming back later this year with the Viking Age Discovery Tour. Best of all? It’s free for owners of the base game!

So, what did you think of Ubisoft’s E3 this year? I feel there weren’t many big announcements for upcoming titles, but to be fair, those have been unveiled earlier, so it’s not like we won’t see anything new from the French giant in the coming years. Now, that Avatar game looks way too good so I’d love to get a gameplay trailer for it sooner rather than later, and while we are on the subject of things we’d love, am I the only one disappointed by the lack Skull and Bones news?

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