Ubisoft headlines the afternoon at E3 2016. On tap are at least four previously announced games, but there could be some room to address the future of "Assassin's Creed." The Ubisoft E3 2016 live stream begins at 1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT).
After a rocky 2015 that saw the slumping sales of “Assassin's Creed” and the modest start to “Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege,” 2016 has been a massive success for Ubisoft. “Far Cry Primal” was a surprise hit, but it's hard to have any video game conversation without talking about “The Division,” which had the biggest first week for a new game franchise, with $330 million in sales. Despite a rough patch of glitches and cheating, there's a dedicated audience for the third-person shooter.
For E3 2016, Ubisoft is rolling out “Watch Dogs 2,” the previous title holder of biggest first day sales for the company. “Watch Dogs 2” made its debut last week with a cinematic trailer and a behind-the-scenes feature exploring the world and characters within the game.
Gameplay for the hack-and-slash “For Honor,” which was revealed at E3 2015, should be shown at E3 2016. “South Park: The Fractured but Whole” will also be shown during the Ubisoft press conference.
An Ubisoft E3 2016 press conference wouldn't be complete without a new Tom Clancy title. “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands” is an open world tactical shooter with varied landscapes and a day-night cycle that can be used by the player to their advantage.
Aside from the previously announced titles, Ubisoft could promise more “The Division” DLC. The first year of content is currently being rolled out with a second year of DLC likely. Ubisoft could take a few minutes to discuss the success of “The Division” while promising to support the game with new missions, new weapons and challenges that players will love at E3 2016.
The big question mark for Ubisoft is what's next for “Assassin's Creed.” There's a movie in the works based on the franchise, which stars Michael Fassbender, but Ubisoft said “Assassin's Creed” will no longer be an annual title. The company could announce plans at E3 2016 for a new title in 2017 or Ubisoft could focus on its movie ambitions.
In addition to “Assassin's Creed,” “The Division” may be making the leap to cinemas in the near future. Jake Gyllenhaal, who starred in the adaptation of Ubisoft's “Prince of Persia,” has been attached to star and produce the film version of “The Division.” Fassbender and Gyllenhaal would bring some added star power to the Ubisoft E3 2016 press conference.
There's also a new property that's been teased by Ubisoft that could be revealed at E3 2016. Japanese gaming site Gematsu spotted a registration for “Grow Up” for the PS4, Xbox One and PC, which could be the mystery title from Ubisoft. There's also a “Star Trek” VR title set to be revealed Monday.
You can watch the Ubisoft E3 2016 live stream below. A pre-show begins at 12:30 p.m. PDT (3:30 p.m. EDT).