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Some quick highlights Evil 2 and Beyond Good missed out again. Why are we not surprised? But to ease our minds was an impressive roster of demos we can’t wait to break down over the coming days. Of course, The Division Resurgence, Rayman coming to Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, and Skull and Bones demos sparked conversations post the event. And lots and lots of Assassin’s Creed tantalizing teasers to look forward to.
All that aside, there were plenty of announcements to reel over, with the five best announcements being:
5. Rayman Coming to Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
Rayman has got us gripped by the heart. So, yes, the new trailer for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope was exciting to see. Certainly, the colorful world of Terra Flora never disappoints, taking the role of Mario and his friends in a series of crazy adventures. There’ll be turn-based combat, open-world planets to save, and real-time action. But Ubisoft stole our hearts when they announced there'd be some creative new DLC content lined up, including the iconic Rayman himself.
4. Skull And Bones’ Set Release Date On November 8, 2022
Finally, we look forward to getting our hands full with Skull and Bones on November 8th, 2022. We got to see the trailer, which has some exciting stuff lined up. It looks like gamers will have plenty of fun customizing their ships. And not just on the surface. It’s skin-deep, from upgrades and tweaks to the sails, cannons, and every part of a ship. There will even be torpedoes to play with and hopefully trade on an in-game trading platform, The Helm. You can keep an eye out for more exciting stuff in the pretty in-depth trailer. Oh, also, the game will have cross-platform play at launch.
3. Trackmania’s Addition to Consoles, Plus Cross-Platform Play, Plus Cross-Progression
It’s been a long time coming, so we’re pretty stoked that Trackmania is finally moving from being a PC exclusive to finally featuring on consoles in 2023. And as the cherry on top, the new update will have both cross-platform and cross-progression. So, whether you were playing on PC and want to move to either Xbox Series X/S, PS5, Google Stadia, or Amazon Luna, hold on a little while longer. Switch fans may have to wait a lot longer.
2. Just Dance 2023 Just Around the Corner
Just Dance 2023 is here. Well, not right this minute, but a new entry will be released on November 22, 2022 for Xbox Series X/S, PS5, and Switch. So what’s new? Well, we’ve got three updates for you. First, you can expect a new “dance on demand” platform for when you want to dance to whatever. The “Whoever” option is also available, as you’ll have access to online multiplayer to connect with up to six dancers all around the world. Though, there’s also a private mode to keep things personal. And lastly, the new game comes with a new interface. Otherwise, the free, regular updates from previous games translate to the new game as well.
1. Assassin’s Creed’s Four New Games in Development
Yes, you heard that right. Four brand-new Assassin’s Creed games are in development. At the moment, they’re going by codenames, so there’s Red, a feudal Japan-based game following the life of Shinobi, and another codenamed Hex, which didn’t have much revealed about it.
However, there were hints towards it being “a very different Assassin’s Creed game” and perhaps featuring witchcraft. We’ve got to say a Japan-based game is pretty exciting, especially after the booming success of Ghost of Tsushima. How will they compare?
Then, there’s Mirage, which we already knew about. However, the trailer revealed some new exciting stuff, like confirming the rumors of its setting in Baghdad twenty years before Valhalla and starring a young Basim Ibn Ishaq. Come 2023, we’ll likely see bits of the stealth and assassination gameplay from the originals but with a fresh, modern take.
Lastly, we’ve got Jade. This fourth game will exclusively deploy on mobile devices and be the first-ever installment in open-world 215 BCE Ancient China plus feature gamers treading on top of the Great Wall of China.
As far as we can tell, Jade will play pretty similar to the classic Assassin’s Creed games, except it will be the first to play on mobile devices. This also means more focus on touch screen controls. Oh, also, gamers will, for the first time, explore the character creation of their own protagonist. Exciting stuff ahead.
While we’re still on Assassin’s Creed. Oh, yes. The announcements were a mouthful to go around and pretty exciting, nonetheless. So, if you’re an avid gamer of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, you’ll be happy to know The Last Chapter is coming soon as a free update to knit the whole Eivor story together nicely.
Assassin’s Creed Infinity was also announced, which is not exactly a game, but an online hub of Assassin’s Creed games of sorts. I'm not exactly sure how it plays out for gamers, but the new Red and Hex games will fall within it. And lastly, a live-action Netflix show of the Assassin’s Creed saga is coming in the future. But don’t sit tight for this one just yet. It might take a while.
A worthwhile mention is that Ubisoft + is celebrating its third anniversary, which comes with perks to receive Ubisoft + Multi-Access free of charge until October 10. So, that’s essentially more than 100 Ubisoft titles of the most popular games you can think of, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The offer is strictly for PC, Google Stadia, and Amazon Luna players.
So, what’s your take? What other announcements from Ubisoft Forward 2022 stood out to you the most? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!