It's safe to say that Ubisoft has had a tough year of it. Despite the successes of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, both Prince of Persia and Far Cry 6 have suffered under the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the industry.
That being said, Ubisoft will be presenting a new UbiForward at E3 2021 and we have the latest below.
LATEST - Ubisoft Moving Towards F2P?
There are rumours beginning to crop up that suggest Ubisoft are starting to shift their development plans away from creating AAA releases, turning that focus into developing better F2P experiences.
This isn't necessarily a financial decision, and the recent earnings reports have shown that Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the best-selling AC title yet. You can also imagine Far Cry 6 will do very well, especially with the star power pull of Giancarlo Esposito as the antagonist.
Ubisoft's latest reveal, The Division Heartland, is a F2P game however and this would suggest that the rumours are somewhat true going forwards. With Assassin's Creed Valhalla looking like it has a very strong post-launch content plan, Immortals Fenyx Rising doing well and Far Cry 6 in the locker waiting for release... Maybe Ubisoft has a little bit of time to start working on some F2P titles in an effort to round out their portfolio, as DomsPlaying has suggested.
The Division Heartland
Ahead of E3 2021 and the new UbiForward, Ubisoft has just announced a brand new free-to-play title set in The Division's universe: The Division Heartland.
This will be a fresh take on The Division's storyline and show players the universe from a different perspective. We don't know too much else apart from the fact that it's expected to come to PC, consoles, and the cloud, in 2021-22.
We know, that's pretty vague, but the fact that 2021 is being talked about has to be a good sign. We're fully expecting to see more about this title in the next couple of weeks and definitely something at whatever Ubisoft decide to do with their UbiForward at E3 2021.
Will We See Prince Of Persia At E3?
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake was originally due to be released in January 2021 before being pushed back to April and then delayed indefinitely.
This means that it will have been 5 months since its original release date by the time E3 2021 rolls around.
With many fans considering Sands of Time to be the pinnacle Prince of Persia game, many are hoping that we will get a new release date for the game, and hopefully, it will be sooner rather than later.
Far Cry 6 Release Date?
It's been several months since the original release date for Ubisoft's Far Cry 6 and we're still waiting on an updated time.
It's safe to say E3 2021 is one of the biggest industry events out there and we're looking forward to a jam-packed UbiForward. Surely, amongst all the news and information a newly updated Far Cry 6 release date is on the way?
Annoyingly, at the moment, all we know is that it's coming "after April 2021" and "before March 2022". Helpful, Ubisoft.
Ubisoft Is Coming To E3 2021
It has been confirmed that Ubisoft will be making an appearance at E3 2021 with their Ubisoft Forward event.
This will take place on June 12th at 12:00 PST / 15:00 EST / 20:00 BST.
There was also the following statement:
" Get ready for Ubisoft Forward! Our digital conference goes live on Saturday June 12 at 12pm PT as part of E3 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest information about the lineup and announcements from our teams around the world."
What Games Will Be Announced?
This is, as you might imagine, anyone's guess. Rainbow Six Quarantine/Parasite is the main title that everyone wants to see more of, however, news on another Assassin's Creed feels like it is "due". There have been quite a few leaks about Assassin's Creed 2022 and it would be good to get some clarity on where the series is headed next after the last outing.
With this being said, a sequel to The Division 2 (or at least an announcement of another content expansion) would also be great considering the "never-ending" end-game format the game has.
We could also see news of another IP, although we think there's enough to do with Immortals Fenyx Rising at the moment so maybe not. Just Dance 2022 seems like a given though, due to its annual nature.
E3 2021 Dates & Start Time
As it stands, E3 2021 will take place between June 12th and June 15th with additional "media and influencer" days from June 7th. This means, in theory, any E3 news could come out from as early as June 7th until June 15th.
We aren't expecting to see anything like a fully confirmed schedule until at least the end of May.
How To Watch E3?
As an all-digital presentation, E3 is going to be a little different this year.
Firstly, it's going to be open to everyone. This means that, as long as you have a screen, you can watch E3.
At the moment, there aren't any Virtual Tickets available (or any official information about these Virtual Tickets). So, E3 has set up an announcement email that you can subscribe to through the E3 Expo website. This should keep you in the loop of any announcements between now and the start of the event.
E3 2021 will be available through an exclusive online portal and supporting mobile app, on top of being streamed via other major platforms. There isn't anything solid about this just yet though, but we're expecting to hear more soon.