Posted by Raine Hutchens on Jun 6, 2011

Ubisoft Press Conference Highlights [E3 2011]

Ubisoft had a big challenge in front of them this year with their E3 Press Conference. With their announcements from last year serving as stepping stones, a lot of fans were wondering if they could step up to the plate this year. After all was said and done, I think that they achieved their goal. Here’s the rundown of Ubisoft’s conference.

Rayman Origins was announced, bringing back some memories of gaming in the days of old. With new characters, levels, and features not seen before. The game is set to release on the 3DS, Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3 later during this holiday season.

Driver San Fransisco offers brand new multiplayer, and a single-player campaign that will keep players interested for hours. It’s a great new look to an old favorite title. No release date yet, but the game looks really good.

An exciting gameplay demo was shown for Farcry 3, which brings back everything we expect from the series. With a survivalist focus, the game looks like it will revive the series from the lower portion of the charts. It will debut in 2012.

Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 offers a new, brutal take on the time during World War II. We get to meet four crazy soldiers who take diplomacy into their own hands when they decide to deal with the Nazi occupation in Germany. It will hit shelves in 20112.

We got to see more gameplay of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, which has shaped up to be quite the title so far. The demo showed a sneaking mission which required the use of active camo. Teamwork is essential in Future Soldier, which is excellent when pointing out the fact that the game has 4-player co-op. Ubisoft was also happy to announce Ghost Recon Online, a free online multiplayer portion of the Ghost Recon which goes live soon, and players can sign up for the beta now. With new features such as first-person targeting, the use of active camouflage, and squad-based objectives, Future Soldier is surely a title to keep your eye on.

Raving Rabbids Alive & Kicking is coming soon to the Kinect. The game brings the Rabbids right into your living room with plenty of little mini games, such as Fill The Shape and Whack The Rabbid, that the whole family can enjoy. Not to mention the Kinect takes funny photos which you can share with family and friends. Expect the game on November 8, 2011.

Just Dance 3 was announced from Ubisoft, bringing even more dancing action to the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360. What better way to spend time with your friends than by putting them to shame with your epic dance moves? Just Dance 3 release this October.

Rocksmith will turn your hard work at learning guitar into a gaming experience like no other. The game turns actual songs into learning experiences for gamers and musicians alike. Players can even use their own guitars to learn each song on the game. It will let players become the rock legends they’ve always wanted to be when the game launches this October.

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved releases this November, along with the goal to burn one billion calories total using the game. With new workouts, and training exercises tuned to each person’s specific workout types, the game aims to be your ultimate tool in staying fit.

Ubisoft finally brought us some details about Assassin’s Creed: Revalations, and offered footage that had us questioning whether it was CG or not. The trailer was seriously one of the best ever seen in the industry. Shortly after the trailer, a game demo was offered, showing actual gameplay that still looked menacingly great. Assassin’s Creed has come a very long way since it debuted 2007, and it continues to push the technological boundaries of each existing system today. With new tools at your disposal, and a combat system that has been fabled since it’s original release, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is going to be yet another blockbuster title for Ubisoft.

Ubisoft made great on their announcements this year, and I think they’ve done a great job filling the shoes they left behind with last year. Assassin’s Creed fans have a lot to look forward to, as well as Ghost Recon fans from old. Way to go Ubisoft.

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