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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

South Park: The Fractured But Whole surprises at Ubisoft E3 press conference

A brief look at what went down during Ubisoft's 2015 E3 press conference on June 15:
Ubisoft announced the biggest surprise of their conference right away: a brand new South Park game titled The Fractured But Whole. Matt Stone and Trey Parker took the stage and made some jokes. This game will be superhero themed. The Stick of Truth was my No. 2 game of 2014, so I'm hoping for a repeat performance.

A new IP called For Honor is very medieval-like and features vikings, samurai and knights brutally killing each other. Two teams of four players showed off multiplayer, and we saw blocks, parrying and executions.

The Crew: Wild Run is an expansion of the online racer that I didn't really care much for when it released last year. More vehicles and upgraded graphics are on tap when it releases Nov. 17 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

If you like cats holding guns while riding unicorns, then the Trials Fusion Awesome Level Max expansion pack is for you, featuring 22 new levels made by the developers and fans. It releases July 14.

We've heard about this game for what seems like forever, but Tom Clancy's The Division finally has a release date: March 8, 2016, with a beta set for early 2016. So still not this year, sadly. A demo showed off players ambushing others in the Dark Zone.

Anno 2205 releases Nov. 3 and is a futuristic city builder, and Just Dance 2016 will release on a whole bunch of consoles on Oct. 20. No camera is needed this time as players can use their smartphones as a controller. A subscription service called Just Dance Unlimited will be limited to the Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U.

Other highlights include Rainbow Six Siege getting a beta on Sept. 24 (release date is Oct. 13), Trackmania Turbo coming to current-gen consoles, more Assassin's Creed Syndicate footage, and the reveal of Ghost Recon: Wildlands, showing of a drug bust mission that can be completed a few ways like a long-range option, an ambush, or being stealthy.


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