Thoughts on Ubisoft Forward 2022

Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well. I am back again with another gaming post. This time, I want to talk about my thoughts on Ubisoft Forward 2022, the presentation held by the video game company Ubisoft, which took place on 10 September 2022. I am going to try to make this as short as possible. So, without further ado, let us get into it.

Ubisoft Forward 2022 First Half

Ubisoft Forward 2022 was sort of split into two halves. The first half focused on some of Ubisoft’s properties, both already released and upcoming titles. The event kicked off with an extended look at Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, set for release on 20 October 2022. Next up was a new trailer and some more information for their upcoming pirate game Skull & Bones, set for release on 8 November 2022. Following this was the announcement of new content coming to their sports game Riders Republic, such as a new playground, a new career, new tricks, new gear and outfits, new sponsors and more. Up next was information on everything new coming to the world of Tom Clancy’s The Division. The Division 2 is getting new content updates this year, as well as a whole new year of content, Year 5, for The Division 2. More information was shared for The Division Heartland, an upcoming free-to-play game set in the universe of The Division. Also talked about was The Division Resurgence, an upcoming mobile game also set in the universe of The Division.

The next game shown was Rainbow Six Mobile, an upcoming tactical first-person shooter set in the Rainbox Six universe that is built from the ground up for mobile devices. Ubisoft is partnering with Netflix to bring three Ubisoft games exclusively to Netflix members. A live-action Assassin’s Creed movie, as well as an original Assassin’s Creed mobile game, are also in the works. Next up was the announcement of Season 3 of Mythic Quest, an Apple TV+ Series developed in partnership with Ubisoft. New content will be added to Ubisoft’s racing game Trackmania. Rocksmith+, Ubisoft’s guitar-learning platform, will be getting new songs. Predictably, a new Just Dance game, Just Dance 2023, was revealed.

Ubisoft Forward 2022 Second Half/Assassin’s Creed Showcase

The Assassin’s Creed Showcase was arguably the most important part of the entire Ubisoft presentation. The Assassin’s Creed (AC) franchise is celebrating its 15th anniversary. So to celebrate, Ubisoft is bringing content to its already-released AC games and has revealed the future of the franchise. First shown was Assassin’s Creed Mirage, an AC game that is a homage to the earlier, more stealth-focused Assassin’s Creed games. The game is set in 9th century Baghdad and will follow Basim Ibn Is’haq as he evolves from a common street thief to a master assassin. Watching over him is his mentor Roshan, voice by the Emmy award-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo. She is a great actress and has such a recognizable voice, so I am glad she is in the game. AC Mirage is set twenty years before the events of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, where Basim made his first appearance. Assassin’s Creed Mirage is set for release in 2023.

Looking to the future of Assassin’s Creed, the next game announced was Assassin’s Creed Codename: Jade. This game is set in China and for the first time in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, players will be able to create their own characters. The game will see players parkouring atop the Great Wall of China and sneaking through the busy streets of Ancient China. The game is built from the ground up in April. Assassin’s Creed Codename: Jade does not have a release date yet.

The next AC game announced was Assassin’s Creed Codename: RED. This game is something that fans of the AC franchise have been wanting for a long time: an Assassin’s Creed game set in Feudal Japan. It will be an RPG Assassin’s Creed game. Assassin’s Creed Codename: RED does not have a release date yet. The next game revealed was Assassin’s Creed Codename: HEXE. This one is shrouded in mystery. The teaser trailer did not give much away, but fans have speculated that the game takes place in 16th Century Europe during the Witch Trials. Assassin’s Creed Codename: HEXE does not have a release date yet. Both Codename: RED and Codename: HEXE will be single-player games.

Assassin’s Creed INFINITY was announced last year. This was, and still is, a confusing title for fans, and for myself. More information was shed on this title. AC INFINITY is not a game per see but is more of a centralized hub for Assassin’s Creed games, including Codename: RED and Codename: HEXE. Ubisoft is still figuring out how to incorporate Assassin’s Creed’s past into INFINITY. In a blog post, Ubisoft revealed a standalone multiplayer experience, Codename: INVICTUS. Codename: INVICTUS does not have a release date yet, and will be incorporated within INFINITY.

Future of Assassin's Creed. Image Credit: Ubisoft
Future of Assassin’s Creed. Image Credit: Ubisoft

Personal Thoughts

That is pretty much everything from Ubisoft Forward 2022. The first half of the showcase was, quite frankly, pretty boring. I believe that Ubisoft did not have much to show, and some major titles, like Beyond Good and Evil 2, were missing. The Assassin’s Creed Showcase is what made the entire Ubisoft Forward worth watching. My personal highlights of the presentation were The Division Heartland, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Assassin’s Creed Codename: Jade, Assassin’s Creed Codename: RED, Assassin’s Creed Codename: HEXE and Assassin’s Creed Codename: INVICTUS.

I have always wanted to experience the world of The Division, and the free-to-play Heartland will allow me to do just that. Codename: Jade, although a mobile game, still has me intrigued. I like the setting and customizable character feature. Codename: RED is, in some fans’ eyes, a little too late, but I am still keen to see how Ubisoft does the setting justice and how it will live up to fans’ expectations. I am very, very intrigued by Codename: HEXE, and can not wait to see more of it. I remember playing the multiplayer mode for Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood some years ago and really liked it, so I am eager to see what new multiplayer experience Ubisoft can create with Codename: INVICTUS.

Well, that is it from me. If you made it this far, thank you very much for reading. I really appreciate it and each and every one of you. Stay safe, and I will see you all in the next blog post.

Sincerely Yours, Kojo

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