CONFIRMED (or might as well be)
Beyond Good and Evil 2
After years of rumours and leaks, Beyond Good and Evil 2 was finally announced at E3 last year, and Ubisoft has been diligent in keeping the first game’s fans engaged with its development. A recent dev diary stated that the game is “still in the conception phase – a time when most games keep their cards close to the vest” – but it’s likely Ubisoft will want to show something from this ambitious title.
The Division 2
The Division 2 was announced in March, at which time Ubisoft confirmed it would be at E3.
Skull and Bones
This tactical action game is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the second half of this year.
Far Cry 3 Classic Edition
This remaster will be available to Far Cry 5 Season Pass holders four weeks prior to its release as a standalone product this winter. It’s coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Far Cry 5 DLC
Far Cry 5’s Season Pass contains a Vietnam mini-campaign, a zombie horde mode, and a mode where you battle spiders on Martian arachnids.
The Crew 2
The Crew 2 was due out on March 16, but will now release sometime between now and September. After E3 is a very safe bet.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
An action adventure scheduled to be released in the second half of 2018 for Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Starlink features optional toys-to-life elements, split-screen multiplayer, extensive ship customisation, and seamless transitions between space and planet surfaces.
Watch Dogs 3
It seems certain that Watch Dogs 3 is in development, and Ubisoft has teased the game several times. On April Fool’s Day, an "admin console" that appeared in Uplay enabled gamers to hack into it, Watch Dogs-style, to execute commands like “list-unreleased-games” (which returned a corrupted block of text). There was also a tweet that appeared briefly on the official Watch Dogs account: "This is everything". But perhaps the best evidence: when asked about Watch Dogs 3, Ubisoft's mobile app assistant used to say "Watch Dogs 3 is not finished yet, but from the last early build I tried it's very solid. The dev team works wonders! Can't wait for you to try it!". Besides, it’s been a couple of years since Watch Dogs 2, so the time seems right for an E3 reveal.
Assassin's Creed 2019
In March, Comicbook.com’s Liam Robertson said multiple sources “linked to Ubisoft” had told him that Ancient Greece is the setting of the next Assassin’s Creed game, and that it is due for release in 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Apparently the game has been in full production since early 2017, and is shooting for a fall 2019 release. “It’s worth noting that one of our primary sources for this information also provided us with accurate scoops on the development of Assassin’s Creed Origins, including its setting, final name and even art from the project via a T-Shirt (really),” wrote Robertson. That info fits with a tweet from series art director Raphael Lacoste last August – a holiday photo from a recent trip to Greece. When asked about it, he said, “I am just in Vacation and enjoying the beautiful world we have. Still. 😉”
A listing on Amazon Canada's Ubisoft page for "Splinter Cell 2018" was briefly live in March, suggesting that the stealth franchise will make a return this year. The product was listed without a release date, platforms, or box art, so it's entirely possible it was a speculative placeholder listing by Amazon. That said, it would be far from the first time that a listing on an online store hipped us to the existence of a game. Last year, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said in a 2017 AMA that Splinter Cell "is a brand we talk about a lot", and that fans should "stay tuned for more". "What we can say is we're receiving a lot of sketches and proposals around the brand and we're going to pick one up," he said at last year's E3. "I think you will be able to see something, but you will have to wait for that." The last Splinter Cell game was 2013's Blacklist, which featured Eric Johnson as protagonist Sam Fisher rather than series mainstay and fan favourite Michael Ironside. However, in April, an older Sam Fisher made a cameo in Ghost Recon Wildlands' new DLC, and Ironside was back voicing him. The Wildlands DLC cutscene ends with Linda giving Sam a new mission. Surely that wasn’t just a tie-in to a dormant franchise just for the sake of it.
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