It’s been a long two years since we last had an E3 to pull the gaming community together. While the work of Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest was admirable last year, it didn’t capture the same magic that comes with having myriad game companies making enough announcements to turn a single week into a coagulated mess. While it feels like E3 this year will be a bit more subdued than previous years, with both EA and Sony shifting themselves away from the June week and a half, there’s still plenty of companies running their own showcases. One of those is the E3 2021 Ubisoft Forward showcase.
With very few games with confirmed release dates and a number of delayed and already announced projects, the E3 2021 Ubisoft Forward may not include too many brand new game announcements, but we’re still expecting plenty of games to appear during the show. We’ve also got a couple of confirmed appearances, along with the confirmation that there are a few other projects that definitely won’t appear.
Without further ado, here is what we believe you can expect to see during tomorrow morning’s E3 2021 Ubisoft Forward:
Far Cry 6 Gameplay Demo
With a couple of new trailers released last week showing off some story beats and snippets of highly edited gameplay, now is the perfect time to show off an extended gameplay demo of the game. We’re expecting it to also show up at Monday’s Xbox + Bethesda Showcase given the Xbox marketing deal for the game, and it’s not unusual for Ubisoft to showcase a game three times in a couple of weeks around E3 to really force it to the front of people’s minds.
Riders Republic Release Date
Originally expected to release earlier this year following its announcement last year, Riders Republic was delayed to an unspecified time. We’re expecting the game to pop up here with a release date before the end of 2021; potentially within the next 2-3 months.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla DLC Announcement
With the release of the first Assassin’s Creed Valhalla DLC Wrath of the Druids last month, we’ve now had a month with no new information about the Siege of Paris expansion, the next piece of content we can expect for the game. With plenty of content left to come as part of the game’s Season Pass, E3 2021 is the perfect time for an announcement to come.
Mario + Rabbids Sequel
There’s no doubt that Mario + Rabbids was a massive success, being one of the Switch’s first third party million sellers. With almost 4 years passing since the original’s release, the Switch console’s insane success and rumours of a Switch Pro abounding, now is the perfect time for Ubisoft to announce a sequel.
Rainbow Six Extraction Gameplay Demo, Release Date and Beta
Another game that was originally planned to release last year before being delayed, Rainbow Six Extraction was both teased last week and confirmed to appear at tomorrow’s show. We’re expecting that we’ll get both a gameplay demo and a release date for the game, as well as confirmation of an upcoming beta.
Just Dance 2022 Will Be Revealed
E3 and Just Dance reveals go together almost unlike anything else. There’s no doubt in our minds that the next game in the series will be revealed at the show, probably with a massive pre-recorded dance scene, given Ubisoft’s proclivity for choreographed Just Dance reveals.
Nothing Division Related Will Be There
Ubisoft themselves have effectively confirmed that nothing Tom Clancy related will appear at E3 this year. Between explicit confirmation that The Division 2 and The Division Heartland won’t appear at the show and rumours pointing to the leaked Tom Clancy multiplayer spin-off not being at the show, don’t expect anything Division related at the show.
No New IPs Will Be Revealed
Normally, the start of a new console generation is the perfect time for new IPs to get announced. Generally speaking, Ubisoft would be on the forefront of that, using the launch of new consoles as a springboard to try some new things. In this case, with a number of new IPs already announced and delayed like Rider’s Republic and Skull and Bones, we’re expecting the show to focus in on existing IPs and already announced games.