Ubisoft's Laurent Detoc talks about Rainbow 6 Patriots, Brothers in Arms: Furious 4, Watch Dogs, Just Dance and more at E3 2012.
Two announced Ubisoft games, Gearbox Software's Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 and Ubisoft Montreal's Rainbow 6 Patriots, were suspiciously missing in action at this year's E3 showing. Both were announced in 2011, but it's been some time since Ubisoft offered an update on either.
Polygon caught up with Ubisoft's executive director for North America, Laurent Detoc, to ask about those games and many more. While Mr. Detoc politely refused to answer our questions about its next-generation plans, that leaked Rayman Legends for Wii U video, the status of Beyond Good & Evil 2 and a new Prince of Persia game rumored to be hidden away at E3, he did bring us up to speed on Ubisoft's officially announced wares.
On the subject of Brothers in Arms: Furious 4, Detoc assuaged fears about its speculated cancellation, saying "I'm sure you will see it again."
As for Rainbow 6 Patriots, Detoc was more talkative, explaining why the game was absent at E3 2012.
"It is not here today because we had other things to show," he said. "We'll be [showing] Rainbow 6 when we think it's a better time to bring it. It's being made by our Montreal studio. [We have] great ambitions. I think it's going to be an amazing product. Today, you're not going to get it, but soon you will.
"We have a lot of good things to show. But every game has a moment where you can put it in a better light."
We asked Detoc about its plans for Watch Dogs, the next-gen looking action game first revealed at E3.
"It's an interesting take on the ongoing paranoia that's growing within the population about us being watched," he said. "Everything we do is traced because most of the things we do are on the internet. That's the premise, that somebody is paying attention to our lives without us really agreeing to that."
"It's running on a PC [at the show]," Detoc explained. "For now, it's Xbox 360, PS3, PC ... and we'll tell you more in the future if there's more to tell."
We also asked Detoc about Ubisoft's plans for the PlayStation Vita, which the company will support with Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation.
"That platform is awesome," he said, declining to confirm any further work on Sony's handheld. "I'm very bullish on it."
For further discussion about all things Ubisoft – including Just Dance, ZombiU, Rocksmith and Far Cry 3 – watch our video interview with Mr. Detoc.