Ubisoft’s First Digital Conference, Ubisoft Forward, Debuts July 12

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With the cancellation of E3 this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many game studios are turning toward digital streams, events, and conferences. Last week Microsoft showcased 13 upcoming games for the Xbox Series X in the Inside Xbox event. Ubisoft will be hosting their first digital conference , Ubisoft Forward, on July 12 at 12 pm Pacific/3 pm Eastern.

The official news post is extremely brief. Ubisoft promises “an E3-style showcase with plenty of exclusive game new, exciting reveals, and much more.” E3 press conferences are typically between one and two hours, and feature new game reveals, in-depth gameplay videos, and developer presentations.

The biggest upcoming Ubisoft game is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which was announced during an artist livestream of the official banner art, followed by a cinematic trailer. Another trailer was shown during the Inside Xbox event, but many fans were disappointed that we didn’t get a look at actual gameplay yet. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is due to launch this holiday season.

Watch Dogs: Legion is another upcoming Ubisoft game. It was announced during last year’s E3 press conference, and featured a mesmerizing gameplay trailer with multiple playable characters. It was initially due to launch in the first half of 2020, but has been delayed to the latter half.

Other upcoming Ubisoft games we hope to see more of are Gods & Monsters, a Breath of the Wild-esque action-RPG, Roller Champions, a roller derby sports game, and Rainbow Six Quarantine, the first new game in the shooter series since 2015’s Rainbow Six Siege.

Ubisoft Forward will stream digitally on July 12, presumably on their official Twitch and YouTube channels.

Next Assassin’s Creed Being Revealed During an Art Livestream Today [Update]

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[Update]: Artist BossLogic has completed the banner, and Ubisoft has confirmed the next Assassin’s Creed game is Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. The world premiere trailer will drop tomorrow, April 30 at 8 am Pacific/11 am Eastern.

[Original Story]: This may be a first. Ubisoft is announcing the next Assassin’s Creed game by livestreaming the artist, who is currently creating the official logo via Photoshop.

Astonishingly, the stream has been going on all day today, beginning at 5 am Pacific/8 am Eastern by renowned artist BossLogic. BossLogic has been creating everything in real time, drawing in details of the two scenes. A figure in the foreground started as a black silhouette, and now appears to be an armored viking-like warrior. One scene shows longships full of warriors, the other a medical battle with castle ruins in the background.

No official announcement or reveal has yet been made. The web domain name AssassinsCreedValhalla.com was recently registered. All these clues point to a Viking-themed entry in the series.

This would follow the recent series of Assassin’s Creed games that have greatly expanded the gameplay and delved deep into the historical past, starting with Origins (Ancient Egypt) in 2017 and Odyssey (Ancient Greece) in 2018. We didn’t get a new AC game last year (other than Odyssey’s DLC), so we’re due for another main entry, most likely this Holiday season.

The Division 2 is Free this Weekend, on Sale for 95% Off

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In terms of killer video game deals, it doesn’t get much more impressive than Ubisoft’s free weekend for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. From now until March 2 you can download and play a free trial version of The Division 2 on PC (Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

You won’t need anything extra to access The Division 2 free weekend on PC or PlayStation 4. Xbox One owners, however, will need to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

The entire game is available to play during the free weekend period, and progress will carry over to the full game should you choose to purchase it.

Ubisoft made that decision pretty easy thanks to a hilariously steep discount on the base game: 95% off, which equates to $2.99 for a well-reviewed multiplayer action game that released just last year.

The Division 2 has received numerous post-launch updates and free expansions since release. The first paid expansion, Warlords of New York, is releasing next week on March 3. It adds a new story, an extended endgame, and a return to New York with an increased level cap to 40. Purchasing the expansion offers an instant boost to level 30 so you can drop right in to the new content.

The Division 2 free weekend is going on now. It’s rated M for Mature.