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Friday, 19 May 2017 | MYT 11:00 AM

Ubisoft at E3 2017: Assassin's Creed, South Park, Far Cry 5, The Crew 2

The next Assassin's Creed is thought to take place in Egypt, just like a number of comic book adaptations. — AFP Relaxnews

The next Assassin's Creed is thought to take place in Egypt, just like a number of comic book adaptations. — AFP Relaxnews

The French-headquartered video game company takes up its traditional slot at the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo, telegraphing four key titles for display. 

A new Assassin's Creed, a superhero-themed adventure through TV's South Park, a fifth core entry to the action franchise Far Cry, and a sequel to continent-spanning car game The Crew.

Those four titles are now considered a lock for Ubisoft's Electronic Entertainment Expo showcase presentation, which will take place on Monday, June 12 in Los Angeles, starting 1pm PT (1am Malaysian time), then June 13 at 4am in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Beijing, China).

All four were mentioned by CEO Yves Guillemot during an investor call, and social media accounts for Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and The Crew published relevant logos for an untitled Assassin's Creed franchise entry, for Far Cry 5, and for The Crew 2.

For at least six months, the next Assassin's Creed – referred to as Assassin's Creed: Origins – has been linked with a move to Egypt, while Far Cry 5 is rumoured to take place in Montana, northwest USA.

Previous editions of the Ubisoft E3 briefing have been broadcast live online and hosted by Aisha Tyler of TV shows Archer and Criminal Minds, and, since 2012's unexpected, extremely well received reveal of Watch Dogs, have featured a surprise announcement at their close.

Ubisoft's 2017 showcase is also likely to see the rumoured Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle crossover officially confirmed, after CEO Yves Guillemot said an unannounced Nintendo Switch game was also being scheduled for the annual event.

The Ubisoft E3 presentation is thought to be the last major showcase announced ahead of time.

Electronic Arts has a Saturday, June 10 briefing at 12 noon PT, Microsoft's Xbox division takes the stage on Sunday, June 11 at 2pm, Bethesda the same day at 7pm, and Sony's Playstation brand follows Ubisoft with a press conference on Monday June 12 at 6pm.

A multi-studio PC Gaming showcase has also been announced for June 12 at 10am.

Nintendo, whose new Switch console is in its first year, has a Spotlight presentation scheduled for 9am on Tuesday, June 13, with a programme of showfloor broadcasting throughout the Expo itself, June 13-15.  AFP Relaxnews

 

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