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E3 2021 – Ubisoft Forward Recap

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The Ubisoft Forward conference at E3 2021 took place on Saturday the 12th of June. The highlights from the show are below along with the trailers to go with them.


We were given another look at Rainbow 6 Extraction, which is the a spin-off of Rainbow Six Siege’s Outbreak mode. The game was originally going to be titled Rainbow Six Quarantine, however following the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, Ubisoft made the decision to chang the game’s title to Extraction.

The deep-dive gameplay trailer was dropped that shows the Operators in Extraction in an Alaskan Archæan ecosystem facing off against various aliens such as Grunts, Spikers, Rooters, Smashers, Lurkers and the Apex.

Rainbow 6 Extraction is due to be released on the 16th of September 2021 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. The game is also set to feature cross-play, which will allow players to play as a team across the various different platforms.


The often forgotten about 10-year-old Rocksmith series is apparently not dead. Ubisoft revealed that the franchise is set transition into an “interactive music learning subscription service,” with the next entry in the series called Rocksmith+. We got a look at what the developers call the Rocksmith+ Riff Repeater and how the game will track your progress, along with a claim that the game’s library will continuously expand over time.


Instead of announcing another Assassin’s Creed game, Ubisoft announced that Valhalla is instead getting an expansion. Following Wrath of the Druids, the next expansion will be The Siege of Paris. The expansion will apparently include black box infiltration missions, new gear and new enemies.


As expected, we got another trailer for Far Cry 6. This one gave us an introduction to the plot in Far Cry 6’s and gave us a further look at the game’s villain Anton Castillo, played by Giancarlo Esposito.


Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope was revealed to be coming to Switch next year. Ubisoft dropped a trailer for this planet-hopping crossover featuring Rabbid versions of Super Mario Galaxy characters such as Rabbid Rosalina.


Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine will power a huge open world game that will return gamers to James Cameron’s world of Pandora in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. The game is due to release next year in 2022.


Overall, I felt this was a slightly weak showing. Other than Rainbow 6: Extraction and the bombshell that was an Avatar game, nothing else broke any new ground.

How did you feel about the conference? Where you pleased with what was on show or were you craving something more?

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