E3 2010 Preview: Ubisoft

By Jordan Douglas on June 11, 2010, 1:32PM EDT

While Ubisoft haven't been most popular publisher in the PC gaming arena recently, they have had a much better reception on consoles. Recent releases such as Assassin's Creed II, Splinter Cell: Conviction, and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands have given Ubisoft momentum heading into E3 next week. What can we expect from the French publisher? Well, we know Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, R.U.S.E., Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and HAWX 2 will all be at the show, but there is still a great deal of mystery surrounding Ubisoft's lineup, including a heavily rumored new Driver title.

Several of Ubisoft's staple franchises are set to have big showing at E3. Assassin's Creed has risen from obscurity to become one of the biggest series in gaming in a few short years. The latest iteration in the series, Brotherhood, was announced earlier this year. New Additions include a continuation of Ezio's journey from Assassain's Creed II and online multiplayer. Expect a big presence from Brotherhood next week as Ubisoft unveils the major details about this hotly anticipated title. Ghost Recon will also likely make waves with Future Soldier on the horizon. Little is known about this title except that it will have a futuristic setting (shocking, I know), is slated for 2011, and will have a beta Splinter Cell: Conviction owners will get access to. Will there be a playable demo? It's possible, but considering the game was just delayed, I'd guess it's still got a long way to go.

Less established games also make up a large portion of Ubisoft's offering. R.U.S.E., developed by Eugen Systems, is a new contender in the real-time strategy genre. It's main gameplay hook being the complex "ruses" players can use to deceive their enemies. The game is scheduled for a September 2010 launch on PC as well as the "next gen" consoles. 2009's HAWX brought arcade flight simulation to the Tom Clancy umbrella of video games, and developer Ubisoft Romania is looking to build on that foundation with HAWX 2. A Wii version for the series is in the works, so don't be too surprised if we hear something about Move or Natal support.

As for what we still don't know, Ubisoft is planning reveals for several unannounced games. A new Driver installment at E3 has been unofficially confirmed by some media outlets, and heavily rumored for quite some time. After leaving a strong impression at E3 2008, I Am Alive has been all over the map - changing developers and being delayed numerous times. Will this mysterious title finally resurface? My money's on it. While I Am Alive was originally rumored to a Jade Raymond production (later debunked), we do know one title the former Assassin's Creed producer is working on - namely, the next Splinter Cell game. Since her new studio, Ubisoft Toronto, was only formed last year and the project only recently revealed, it seems unlikely that we'll see anything substantial on it. Although, a short trailer isn't out of the question.

As one of the world's largest publishers, Ubisoft will no doubt have a lot on the table at E3 next week. Their lineup is definitely looking impressive. Stay tuned for GU's E3 coverage from June 13th - 18th and many more publisher previews as the convention draws nearer.

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