Ubisoft at E3: Assassins and Rayman and “Innergy,” oh my!

June 14, 2010

While there was unfortunately no mention of Beyond Good and Evil 2, here is what Ubisoft did reveal at their E3 press conference:

The show started with a demonstration of Rez and Lumines mastermind Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s latest creation, Child of Eden. As you may be able to guess, it is a music game featuring trippy visuals, but this time you can control everything with just your hands, thanks to Microsoft’s new Kinect technology. If you’ve ever wanted to be a techno conductor, Child of Eden looks like it will be the game for you.



Next on display was Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, a spin-off of Assassin’s Creed 2 that features some new forms of gameplay like using cannons to obliterate armies and online multiplayer. It looks like the legendary Ezio will have to recruit some friends to take the fight against the Templars to Rome.



Apparently Shaun White is a skateboarder as well as a world class snowboarder, so he came out to help Ubisoft show off Shaun White Skateboarding, which looks to have some neat world altering gameplay and stylistic visuals.

Next up on the show was some weird form of laser tag called Battle Tag that was apparently running on a PC, and Ubisoft’s answer to Nintendo’s Vitality Sensor, dubbed Innergy. Innergy is a little piece of hardware that wraps around your finger and monitors your, um, cardiac coherence. Didn’t see that one coming. 

Moving back to actual games, Ubisoft showed off Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Driver: San Francisco, both of which do some new things while staying true to their respective franchises’ roots.





Towards the end of their conference, Ubisoft started showing off some interesting stuff, including a new digitally distributed game from famed game designer Eric Chahi called Dust that features beautiful visuals and a rather cryptic premise, and a new 2D Rayman Origins game that also looks very pretty.





Finally, Ubisoft ended the show with the unveiling of a new meta-gaming platform called Maniaplanet, which appears to incorporate user-designed content in the form of shooting, racing, and RPG games, along with a dance show to signal Ubisoft’s development of a new Michael Jackson video game (though no actual gameplay was shown). After that the conference was done!