Ubisoft at E3 2014: Everything we know, collected in one stream

What's Ubisoft showing off at E3? We've got all the news, all the video collected right here, just for you.

Which franchise does the head of Ubisoft think will be their biggest money maker?

"I think the one that is generating the more revenue is Assassin's Creed," Yves Guillemot said during a recent dinner. "The one that we feel can, the two that we feel can generate more, that can bring more customers are Watch Dogs and The Division, I think.

"Those two because RPG on one side and open-world, modern open-world on the other. They can increase the number of people that can be interested in the subject."

At this year's E3, Ubisoft detailed Assassin's Creed Unity, announced Far Cry 4 and when Watch Dogs is going to arrive on the Wii U, discussed racing game The Crew and...

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Far Cry 4 gameplay and interview, E3 2014

We already loved Far Cry 3 more than was probably healthy, but then Ubisoft went and added grappling hooks and attack elephants to Far Cry 4. Has somebody been reading our dream journal? Russ Frushtick and Chris Plante grilled Ubisoft's Alex Hutchinson on that exact question (and also some more game-centric issues too).

After you're done watching, make sure to stop by our E3 2014 hub.

The Division: Gameplay and interview from E3 2014

OK, so Tom Clancy's The Division may not have had the cheeriest trailer at E3 (see for yourself below), but that didn't stop us from wanting to learn more. We brought game director Ryan Barnard by our studio to help us move past the bummers with the sweet release of shooting bad guys.

Want more? It's all waiting for you at our E3 2014 hub.

The Crew gameplay and interview from E3 2014

The Crew puts you behind the wheel, pairs you up with a few friends and lets you zip through America taking on a series of challenges as you go. Not since the jogging part in Forest Gump has cross-country travel been this much fun. (Though admittedly less inspirational.) We sat down with Julian Gerighty, creative director, to discuss the game.

Want more? It's all waiting for you at our E3 2014 hub.

Far Cry 4 devs were 'inches away' from women as playable characters

Far Cry 4 was "inches away" from having the option for players to select either a man or a woman as a playable co-op character, director Alex Hutchinson told Polygon.

The Far Cry series has never had a playable woman lead. When asked if he thought a woman protagonist would work in Ubisoft's brazen and oftentimes violent open-world shooter series, Hutchinson said that yes, it could work - and it should already be working.

Ubisoft Montreal had come very close to making it so players could select the game's co-op character as man or woman.

"It's really depressing because we almost... we...

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Assassin's Creed Unity gameplay and interview from E3 2014

What's better than one assassins? Four assassins, and that's exactly what you'll be getting in Assassin's Creed Unity. Our own Ben Kuchera and Chris Plante sat down with Ubisoft creative director Alexandre Amancio to unpack this new, multi-assassin approach to the long-running franchise.

Want more? We've got a ton for you at our E3 2014 hub.

Rainbow Six Siege will let you do damage in creative ways

Rainbow Six Siege's procedural destruction system, a system where the environment responds to the damage players inflict, exists to encourage player creativity, according to game designer Andrew Witts.

Speaking to Polygon, Witts said the procedural destruction system was balanced on gameplay opportunities. When players shoot at a gyps wall, it will break like a gyps wall. If they shoot at a wooden floor, it will fall through like a wooden floor. The damage inflicted is based on the materials of the game world, which means players won't be able to destroy entire environments, but they will...

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Ubisoft: it's riskier to be a game company than an entertainment company

There's the Rabbids cartoon series, which is now a popular Saturday morning program for kids in the US and in Europe. There's the upcoming Rabbids interactive TV series, which will launch in North America in the fall. There's an Assassin's Creed movie currently in development, and a Watch Dogs movie deal was announced before the game even shipped. Ubisoft wants to be an entertainment company, says Ubisoft's SVP of sales and marketing Tony Key, because it's a lot less risky than just being a game company.

"Right now we're still primarily a game company – we want to become an entertainment...

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Ubisoft abandoned women assassins in co-op because of the additional work

Assassin's Creed Unity's four-player co-op will not offer female assassins due to the pressures of production work, Ubisoft creative director Alex Amancio told Polygon during a recent interview.

Amancio said that though female assassins were planned for the game, Ubisoft ran into "the reality of production."

"It's double the animations, it's double the voices, all that stuff and double the visual assets," Amancio said. "Especially because we have customizable assassins. It was really a lot of extra production work."

In the game's co-op mode, players will have custom gear but always view...

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Rainbow Six Siege coming in 2015, features squad-based tactical multiplayer

Rainbow Six Siege is the latest entry in the Rainbow Six franchise of tactical shooters, publisher Ubisoft announced during its E3 2014 press briefing today.

The company showed pre-alpha footage of a multiplayer match between teams named Raven and Rogue, with hostage captors setting up defenses to protect their position inside a house while an invading squad of counterterrorist operatives set up a strategy to breach the home. The multiplayer match's five-on-five action got smaller and smaller as players died (and didn't respawn).

The invaders took out the hostiles guarding the hostage and...

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Rainbow 6: Patriots canceled, replaced by Rainbow Six Siege

"It's not in development anymore," said Alexandre Remy, Rainbow Six brand director. "The main decision was some months after Patriots was announced in 2011 that was the first moment we knew the first generation of new consoles were coming. So obviously at that moment and for a franchise such as Rainbow we needed to decide if we could make something for next-gen and we were already pretty advanced in the development of Patriots.

"It would require doing a lot of extra things."

He added that the decision to kill the game was not driven by the controversial nature of the title. It was more...

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Ubisoft is sitting on finished Wii U games waiting for larger install base

Watch Dogs, Guillemot said, is still coming to the Wii U this November, but Ubisoft is being much more careful with new projects.

"We did adapt the number of products to the level of quantities that the machine did," he said. "So we will have Just Dance again which is well suited for the machine. We'll have Watch Dogs. We have another couple of products that we are waiting to launch, specifically we have one game that we wait for the machine to be more mass market to launch."

Guillemot declined to say how many Wii U would have to sell to make releasing the games worthwhile.

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The Crew drives up on Nov. 11; players may join the beta in July

The Crew, Ubisoft's open-world, quasi-MMO driving game, will launch Nov. 11 for the PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, the publisher announced today at its E3 news conference.

Additionally, The Crew's PC closed beta will be opened to some users on July 23, with more details on how to register here.

There will be much more to share about The Crew, including the kind of multi-hour "faction" missions, involving long coast-to-coast drives across the United States, shown on stage today at E3.

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Tom Clancy's The Division returns to devastating virus outbreak

Ubisoft used its E3 presentation to show the set-up for post-apocalyptic thriller Tom Clancy's The Division.

An extended preview of the game showed the effect of a devastating pandemic on an unseen family in New York. It also showed the central character facing down some looters and a menacing clean-up crew. No new information about the game was provided, although producer Petter Mannerfelt said that the game would provide "a journey through the New York you know to one that is a hostile place, lost to a virus and to chaos."

The open-world action game was first shown at E3 last year, and...

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Far Cry 4's first five minutes kicks off Ubisoft's E3 press conference

The opening cutscene of the game featured the player taking on the role of a character on a bus in the Tibetan mountainside. A sign identified the areas as the "Kryat border." The bus was stopped by a military group with rifles, and when a gunfight broke out, the main character crawled out of the back of the bus in an attempt to escape.

The main character was then held by the guards at gunpoint as a helicopter approached. Out of the chopper jumped the unnamed blonde character first introduced in Far Cry 4's cover art.

The character chides one of the military characters, saying "I...

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Just Dance Now uses your mobile device as a motion tracker

Ubisoft today announced Just Dance Now, a mobile/web-based version of its popular motion-tracking dancing game that lets users play Just Dance anywhere as long as they have an internet connection and a smartphone.

According to Ubisoft, anyone with a smartphone and access to a big screen can download the app, connect the two devices and play. There is no limit to the number of people who can play at the same time. The game's launch date and pricing were not announced.

Ubisoft also announced that Just Dance 2015 — the upcoming installment in the console version of the game — will launch...

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Tom Clancy's The Division trailer teases a 'Silent Night' at E3 2014

A short trailer released today for Tom Clancy's The Division teases content to come next week at E3.

Press play above to see a time lapse version of a city in the massively multiplayer game. Revealed at publisher Ubisoft's E3 2013 press event, Massive Entertainment's third-person shooter was originally scheduled to launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC in 2014. Ubisoft announced a delay to 2015 last month.

For more on the game, be sure to read our interview with Tom Clancy's The Division's developers, conducted in the wake of its reveal.

Tetris Ultimate bringing downloadable multiplayer puzzling to PS4, Xbox One and PC

Tetris Ultimate, a downloadable, multi-mode version of the classic puzzle game from developer Blue Planet Software, will arrive for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this summer and PC this fall, publisher Ubisoft announced today.

In Tetris Ultimate, 1-4 players will be able to battle cascading blocks in six modes: Battle, a head-to-head skirmish; Endless, where players score as much as they can in 30 levels; Marathon, which includes 15 levels; Power-Up Battle, which equips players with its titular powers; Ultra, a three-minute timed challenge; and Sprint, where you need to clear 40 lines as...

Ubisoft at E3 2014: five games announced, none for Nintendo platforms

Ubisoft announced today that it will bring at least five games to E3 2014, none of which are slated for release on Nintendo platforms. 

The company will showcase the games "and more" at its booth and during its media briefing at the Orpheum Theatre (pictured above), which is scheduled for June 9 at 6 p.m. ET and will hosted once again by Aisha Tyler. 

The games confirmed to appear at E3 and their platforms include: 

  • Assassin's Creed Unity, the next installment in the open-world franchise, headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC 
  • The Crew, Ivory Tower's driving game...

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