We’ve already seen what EA and Bethesda are working on at their respective studios, but last night was Ubisoft’s turn to shine, and they did just that. The company showed off some pretty impressive footage for upcoming titles like Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and Far Cry 5, and even threw one or two noteworthy surprises into the mix that’ll have fans begging for more.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle looks like a blast

Have you ever wondered what would happen if the Mario and Rabbids universes somehow crossed over? Well, wonder no more. What happens is a turn-based, XCOM kind of thing set in a “Mushroom Kingdom that has been turned upside-down”.

“When the Mushroom Kingdom is thrown into chaos by a mysterious vortex, it’s only natural that Mario, Peach, Luigi, and Yoshi come to the rescue. But nobody knows chaos like the Rabbids, and in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, those long-eared rapscallions will be teaming up with the Mushroom Kingdom crew to try and set things right.”

A closer look at the game, as well as a behind the scenes video here, and you can check out some more gameplay showcased during the full conference at around the one hour mark.

Release date: 29 August

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Assassin’s Creed: Origins gets some more screentime

We all knew Assassin’s Creed: Origins was a thing long before E3 kicked off thanks to leaks, and we even saw it in beautiful detail during Microsoft’s presentation, so it wasn’t exactly shocking to see more of the game showcased during Ubi’s conference. The time devoted to the game consisted of some talking, an ultra-dramatic trailer, and a few seconds of someone playing a demo for the game.

A 30-minute run-through of the game’s demo kicks off at around two hours into the full stream.

A post on Ubisoft’s blog explains that the game will have three collector’s editions, including the “Gods Collector’s Edition, the Dawn of the Creed Collector’s Edition, and the Dawn of the Creed Legendary Collector’s Edition“.

Release date: 27 October

Platforms: XBO, PS4, PC

Drive cars, muddy cars, bikes, boats, planes, and trains in The Crew 2

Okay, so maybe not trains, but you can totally get in the driver’s seat in all those other things in The Crew 2. Much like the original game, The Crew 2 will see players exploring an expansive open-world, only this time they’ll be able to do it in whatever vehicle they choose. The game will feature “a completely redesigned map”, vehicle switching on the fly, and “motorsports families” to impress including street racers, pro racers, off-road experts, and freestylers. Oh, and it’s kind of gorgeous.

Here’s some gameplay.

Release date: Early 2018

Platforms: XBO, PS4, PC

Grab some sweet booty and blow stuff up in Skull & Bones

I fell in love with Assassin’s Creed IV‘s naval combat back when it first came out. I mean, we’ve seen it before in AC3, but it was only really perfected in the next game. Or so I thought. Enter Skull & Bones, an “online naval open-world game set during the Golden Age of Piracy in the exotic and untamed frontier of the Indian Ocean”.

Skull & Bones casts you as an upstart pirate captain newly arrived in the diverse and dangerous waters of the Indian Ocean. You’ll establish a hideout, recruit a crew, and set sail to plunder the rich merchant convoys in daring heists that will fuel your notoriety. Customize your ship to strike fear into the hearts of your enemies, and then engage in PvE and PvP combat to earn your place among the most elite pirates.”

Release date: 2018

Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is everything our childhood dreams were made of

“Customization is the cornerstone of any great strategic experience, whether you’re talking about adjusting weapon loadouts for a specific challenge or tweaking the performance of a vehicle to suit your preferred playstyle,” explains the press stuff. “But what if you could do it all without menus, by reaching for the parts you want in real life and slapping them into place instantly? That’s the idea at the heart of Starlink: Battle for Atlas.” It looks like this.

“As you explore the Atlas Star System, you’ll do so with a physical ship clipped to your controller. Using Smart Building Technology, you’ll be able to immediately swap out parts on the ship – including wings, weapons, pilots, and even the starship hull itself – and see them change in-game to meet the shifting demands of your situation as you experiment with different combinations, weapons, and status effects.” SOLD.

Release date: 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, XBO, PS4

Far Cry 5 shows off some sexy gameplay, gunrunning dog

Contrary to what the petition to cancel the game would have you believe, Far Cry 5 looks legitimately interesting, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it. But unfortunately, that’s still quite a ways off. Oh well, at least Ubisoft was kind enough to give us a really decent dose of gameplay, and it looks AMAZING.

Also, some people sing a song in a church, it’s super wholesome.

Oh, and it’s also getting a collector’s edition thing called Hope County, MT Collector’s Case.

Release date: 27 February 2018

Platforms: XBO, PS4, PC

Beyond Good & Evil 2 is a thing, obviously

I’m pretty sure all of us knew this was coming, but no one thought Beyond Good & Evil 2‘s announcement trailer would be quite as good as it is. It’s so good, in fact, that Tarryn wrote a whole separate thing about it which you should definitely check out for more info.

Release date: Unannounced

Platforms: Unannounced

South Park: Phone Destroyer looks awesome, The Fractured But Whole is still hilarious, Steep gets an expansion, and Just Dance 2018 is coming, if that’s your kind of thing

What’s that, you don’t know what South Park: Phone Destroyer is? Oh, it’s only a “real-time battle game like nothing you’ve ever experienced before,” and also THE GREATEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN.

South Park: Phone Destroyer brings you iconic South Park characters, action packed real-time strategy, exploding PvP battles, trademark South Park humor and collectible cards in a perfect mix that’s spicier than Cartman’s chili con carne.

Assemble the ultimate team of cowboys, wizards, cyborgs and more and get ready to crush your opponent!”

Release date: Unannounced

Platforms: Mobile

Don’t act like you didn’t know South Park: The Fractured But Whole would make an appearance. Of course it did, and it did so with the funniest 30-second trailer I’ve seen in a long time, as well as a typically NSFW bit of gameplay.

Release date: 17 October

Platforms: XBO, PS4, PC

Steep failed to impress when it originally launched, but it’s slowly been getting better and better with each update. If you’re still playing and enjoying the game, you’ll be happy to know that it’s due for its first big expansion called Road to the Olympics.

Release date: 5 December

Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO

There’s not much to say about Just Dance 2018‘s showing during the conference, and not just because I don’t want to. I mean, there were some dancers and someone singing, then just something about the game coming out on 24 October for XBO, PS4, Switch, and Wii U.

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