Ubisoft E3 2012 Press Conference Wrap Up


Ubisoft, the third publisher of the day to hold their annual pre-E3 press conference, had a number of exciting games to show off this year. First up at the Aisha Tyler hosted event, a troupe of dancers greeted press conference attendees with a choreographed Just Dance 4 announcement, complete with a surprise performance by Flo Rida.

Following Just Dance 4, came something a bit more action oriented - a stage demo of Farcry 3's story mode. Featuring a lush tropical environment, brutal combat, and a decidedly trippy looking end sequence, Farcry3 will be available September 4, for XBox 360, PC, and Playstation 3.

Continuing the action oriented segement of their press conference, Ubisoft showed off the "Welcome to Fourth Echelon" trailer for Splinter Cell: Blacklist, along with a reveal teaser for the upcoming Avengers: Battle for Earth title, coming to Xbox 360 and Wii U this fall.

Speaking of Wii U, Ubisoft had some big news to announce for the upcoming system. Rayman: Legends was demoed on screen, running on Wii U hardware. For the first time in the Rayman franchise, Murfy, the winged frog is now a playable character. Gameplay was shown utilizing both the Wii U Gamepad, and the Wii U Pro Controller. Up to five people will be able to play the game simultaneously. Ubisoft's Wii U coverage continued with the reveal of the rebranded Killer Freaks from Outer Space now known as Zombiu. Also teased for the Wii U were Assassin's Creed 3, Your Shape: Fitness Evoloved 2013, and Rabids Land/

Next in Ubisoft's packed line up, came a new Assassin's Creed 3 trailer - which may well be the intro movie to the game - as well as a stage demo. This demo, running on the PS3, saw new protagonist Connor in a snowy forest camp, pitted against wolves, and, in keeping with the game's revolutionary war setting, the British.

Embracing the popular e-sport genre, Ubisoft introduced the upcoming free to play online PC shooter Shootmania: Storm. Evocative of Quake Live, beta registration is now open at ShootMania.com.

Last, but certainly not least, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot took the stage to introduce a new, never before seen IP - Watch Dogs. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, this sandbox style action/adventure looks to put a fresh on the genre. Look for innovative and exciting ways to control the environment - such as hacks, communications disruptions, and more. Watch Dogs looks like it's one to watch!

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