The second Ubisoft Forward event is happening in just a few days! On September 10th, Ubisoft will be streaming their Forward show once again and they are promising lots of announcements and surprises. So, everyone on the team has thought of what they expect to happen at this week’s event. Here are our Ubisoft Forward September 2020 Predictions!
Immortals: Fenyx Rising
Immortals: Fenyx Rising is a brand-new IP from Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey team. It was originally revealed back at E3 2019, titled Gods and Monsters. For a while we didn’t see anything new, until Ubisoft delayed the game indefinitely late last year. Fans are eagerly anticipating news on the upcoming title, but Ubisoft has been mostly quiet about the fantasy game. Earlier this year an early-build of the game leaked on Google Stadia, but Ubisoft said this wasn’t representive of the game anymore. In fact, they even announced that the title had changed. This week, leaks started circulating of the supposed new title for the game, which has since been confirmed by Ubisoft here as Immortals: Fenyx Rising.
Various other leaks have followed, and Ubisoft have almost nothing left to announce. According to Gematsu, Immortals: Fenyx Rising leaked on the Microsoft Store. This leak showed new images, a brief description of what players can expect and a release date of December 3rd 2020. Expect all this news to be officially revealed on Thursday.
Holiday Lineup – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs Legion
Ubisoft are sure to showcase their confirmed upcoming holiday releases. Watch Dogs: Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will both be releasing this Fall, after showing lots of gameplay over the past few months. This week I expect we will get new trailers for both, showcasing their cinematics and gameplay to ensure those pre-orders are in.
I’m cautiously hoping we also see some next-gen gameplay of these titles. The price and release date reveals for the next-gen consoles are expected this month, so hopefully we will see how these games will differ between the two generations next week.
Prince of Persia Remakes
The past few weeks have been filled with rumours of a Prince of Persia remake. Just last week, notable insider Jason Schreier confirmed it will be revealed at this week’s Ubisoft Forward show. This does indeed seem likely considering Ubisoft themselves have promised some surprises at the event. Our Generation Xbox team certainly think it will happen, and I imagine the release will be very soon too. I could see the title launching late this year or Spring 2021.
The big question is what will this actually look like? No one seems certain, with rumours swirling about every possibility. A remaster of the original side-scrolling experience? A remake of the Sands of Time trilogy? Could this launch a new wave of Prince of Persia games for the next generation? Ubisoft clearly aren’t planning on letting the franchise gather dust, but it has been a decade since the last full Prince of Persia experience.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
Rainbow Six Siege continues to be a huge game for Ubisoft. It’s latest season, Shadow Legacy, is right around the corner. After 2018’s Outbreak event, and the reveal of a standalone Rainbow Six Quarantine title shortly after, fans are hungry for more. Ubisoft first showed the game at E3 2019, but since then nothing has been said, other than it’s feature in the wave of delays earlier this year. The company has been going through a major restructuring, so it’s not surprising to see these games placed on the backburner. However, as Ubisoft looks to come out the other side and head into it’s crucial Holiday season, I think we can expect a marketing push for Rainbow Six Quarantine with a release date of Spring 2021.
However, there is a possibility that it could be pushed into the next fiscal year. At the Q1 earnings call from July 2020, Ubisoft CFO Frédérick Duguet told investors that both Rainbow Six Quarantine and Gods and Monsters should both release before March 31st 2021, but one of those titles could slip into fiscal year 2022. With Gods and Monsters‘ new title now confirmed and a December release date leaked, it seems likely that Quarantine is the title expected to be further delayed. Either way, it’s time to bring the Rainbow Six spin-off back into the spotlight.
Skull & Bones
Skull & Bones is another of Ubisoft’s new upcoming IPs which has been left dead in the water. Despite an announcement at E3 2017 and some gameplay the following year, we’ve heard nothing since. Rumours of a huge rebranding started swirling earlier this year, but Ubisoft stayed quiet on the subject.
It’s likely this game has gone through big changes since we last saw it, due to a host of issues at Ubisoft, including the disastrous launch of Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. We aren’t sure what the game is now – reports suggest a games-as-a-service online story adventure game – but one things for sure. Ubisoft still plan to release the game, and it could be sooner than any of us expected. According to a recent Ubisoft company conference call, Skull & Bones will release in the fiscal year beginning 01st April 2021.
If the release date could be as close as next Spring, it’s certainly possible we might see a new reveal of the game this week. I can’t wait to see how the game turns out, although I am skeptical that it can live up Sea of Thieves which corners the pirate-game market right now.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Another huge title announced at E3 2017 was Beyond Good and Evil 2. Since this announcement, Ubisoft haven’t shared much more on the prequel to the 2003 cult-classic, other than a few looks at pre-alpha gameplay. We aren’t sure whether we should expect any new information at this week’s event either. If anything, expect a cinematic trailer – I highly doubt we’ll be seeing any new gameplay for the title. It’s been in development for over a decade, and isn’t included in any recent Ubisoft investors earnings calls. This shows it isn’t part of their current release schedule, and likely won’t launch in the next year.
Splinter Cell is the big one for Ubisoft. Players are begging for a new entry in the franchise, but we haven’t heard anything. Players hoped a new title would be announced at the previous Ubisoft Forward event, but it passed without mention. Now, everyone is looking ahead to this week’s event for a possible reveal.
I think this is actually much more likely now. The new Rainbow Six Siege season in the coming weeks will add Sam Fisher as a playable character. This makes now seems like the perfect opportunity to market a new entry in the franchise. There would, of course, be a lot of excitement for a new announcement in the Splinter Cell series. This would also push even more players towards the smash-hit Rainbow Six Siege. We could see a big announcement to close the Ubisoft Forward September show.
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