Slotted in between the big hardware manufactures – Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo – are the third party publishers. They don't have any earth shattering hardware announcements to make, just lots of games to demonstrate and announce. To that end EA and Ubisoft had their press conferences on the first day.
Date: 16-6-2010 Subject: Games Article By:Bradley Beeck Ubisoft
Pronounced You-bee-soft, this french publisher has grown immensely since it's founding in 1986 to be one of the world's largest game publishers. They're most well known for their Prince of Persia, and Rayman games and they publish a variety of titles across all genres.
This was a surprise announcement, and as the name suggests is a 2D prequel to the franchise. Not much was stated apart from what's shown in the trailer.
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
This the highly anticipated sequel to the award winning Assassin's Creed franchise. Brotherhood will add a new multiplayer element to the familiar Assassin's Creed gameplay, as well as continue the story of Ezio from Assassins Creed 2. The game has a ballpark release date of Holiday 2010.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC.
The critically acclaimed single player experience of Assassin’s Creed is back and better than ever as Ezio returns in a powerful struggle against the powerful Templar Order. Now a legendary Master Assassin, he must journey to Rome, center of power, greed and corruption to strike at the heart of the enemy. Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire Brotherhood that will rally to his side. Only by working together can the Assassins defeat their mortal enemies. And for the first time, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood offers a never-before-seen multiplayer layer. Players can help the Templars by using Abstergo to train in the art of Assassination to eliminate the Assassins once and for all. Players can choose from a wide range of unique characters, each with their own signature weapons and assassination techniques, and match their skills against other players from all over the world in different game modes. (Press Release)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
Aside from having nothing to do with Tom Clancy (he sold his name to Ubisoft), it's another installment in the Ghost Recon series. Much like the changes Splinter Cell Conviction made to that series, Future Soldier is going for an action orientated approach moving away from it's contemplative tactical origins. A multiplayer beta will begin this summer, for people who purchased Splinter Cell Conviction.
Created by the award-winning team behind Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter® and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter® 2, the game will feature cutting-edge technology, prototype high-tech weaponry, and state-of-the-art single-player and multiplayer modes. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will go beyond the core Ghost Recon franchise and deliver a fresh gameplay experience, with an unparalleled level of quality that will excite long-time fans and newcomers alike. (Press Release)
Michael Jackson video game
Now this was out of left field, but I guess it shouldn't be a surprise. Who better to make a dancing game about than the King of Pop himself? According to Ubisoft it will feature his most famous tracks like Beat It and Billie Jean, and feature his legendary dance moves for players to learn and emulate. It should be available this holiday season.
Platforms: XBox360/Kinect, PS3/Playstation Move, PSP, Wii, DS
“Michael always pushed every limit when it came to technology to give his fans unforgettable entertainment experiences, whether it involved his videos, his recordings or his concerts. Now, with this interactive product, we have the chance to bring Michael, the artist, into households around the world in a perfect match of Michael’s artistry and the family entertainment which he always highly valued. Kids, their parents, extended family members and friends will now have an opportunity to all come together and experience Michael’s music and dance in an innovative, exciting and fun way,” said John Branca, co-executor for The Estate of Michael Jackson.
Child of Eden
This is being developed by Tetsuya Mizuguchi/Q? Entertainment of Space Channel 5 and Rez fame. It's being dubbed a multi-sensory shooter, involving a "kaleidoscopic matrix of synchronized music and mind-blowing visuals". Whatever that means. It's scheduled for a Q1, 2011 release.
Platforms: Xbox 360/Kinetic, PS3 (no mention of move support?).
Child of Eden thrusts the player into the center of a battle to save Project Lumi, a mission to reproduce a human personality inside Eden, the archive of all human memories. As the project nears completion, the archive is invaded by an unknown virus. The player’s mission is to save Eden from the virus, restoring hope and peace. (Press Release)
Driver San Francisco
This is the first Driver game for the current generation of consoles, and features something called 'Shift'. Apparently it lets players "seamlessly shift between well over a hundred licensed vehicles, keeping them constantly in the heart of the action". It's scheduled for Q4, 2010 release and is already available for preorder.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac, Wii(specifically made).
Developed by Ubisoft Reflections under the direction of the creators of the original title, DRIVER San Francisco marks the return of the established video game series that has sold 14 million copies worldwide. Gamers will play as Detective John Tanner on a relentless manhunt for crime lord Charles Jericho through the hills of the City by the Bay... With its timeless setting, unique car handling and renewed playability, DRIVER San Francisco will revitalize the classic free-roaming, cinematic car chase experience for the current generation of gaming platforms. (Press Release)
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game
Based on a comic book created by Bryan Lee O’Maley, this is beat 'em up in the style of classic 8 bit consoles. The artwork is being done by well known pixel artist Paul Robertson. The game also features four player co-op with players able to chose from Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Stephen Stills, Kim Pine and one surprise character. It's release date is August 10.
Scott Pilgrim is a loveable loser whose life is turned upside down when a mind-blowing delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts popping up everywhere, even in his dreams. Could she be his true love? But the path to Ms. Flowers isn't covered in rose petals. The League of Ramona's Evil Exes stands in the way. To get the girl, Scott must not only defeat the seven evil exes, but also take responsibility and become a better person. (Press Release)
Project dust is the spiritual heir to Populous. The game is set in an extreme version of Planet Earth where nature unleashes her power in a much more violent way than what we are used to. Tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, volcanic eruptions are what the days are made of for the people of Dust. In this kind of God game, users will play with powers to manipulate the world around them. Ground, water, lava, fire, plants and trees -model the world like a child playing sand castles on the beach. With such powers, players will help their people resist, expand and migrate so they can accomplish their quest to find a safe place. (Press Release)
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