E3 2019: Ubisoft shows two ways to Ancient Greece, Just Dance 2020, subscription plan

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  • Wednesday, 12 Jun 2019

Gods And Monsters, influenced by The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. — AFP Relaxnews

The team behind last year's Assassin's Creed Odyssey is adding a pacifist Discovery Tour mode and getting ready to release mythical fantasy Gods & Monsters, while publisher Ubisoft preps dance and fitness franchise Just Dance for its tenth anniversary, readies subscription plan Uplay+, and steers Roller Champions to launch.

The team that came up with 2018's Ancient Greek action adventure Assassin's Creed Odyssey have taken their familiarity with the era and pulled it in a more obviously mythical direction with Gods & Monsters.

Heavily inspired by Nintendo's 2017 masterpiece The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, this new adventure also holds on to its Odyssey origins, challenging players to restore the Greek pantheon after monsters took their place.

It's due on PS4, XBO, Switch, PC and Stadia in February 2020.

As with the Ancient Egyptian Assassin's Creed Origins, more recent franchise entry Assassin's Creed Odyssey is adding a historical tour mode that removes combat and conflict so that players can instead explore the monumental edifices and everyday goings-on in historical Greece.

It's to be a free update for Assassin's Creed Odyssey owners and as a separate, paid experience in Fall 2019; a story creator mode, which is based on developer tools and lets players piece together their own missions to share with the wider community, is available immediately from the Assassin's Creed Odyssey website.

Another familiar Ubisoft franchise, all sun, smiles, and swish moves, is Just Dance.

It was a runaway success from the start, and 10 years later Ubi is bringing back co-op mode (absent in Just Dance 2018 and 2019) and implementing a song recommendation algorithm for Just Dance 2020; the smartphone app and Just Dance Unlimited subscription remain intact.

Just like every one of its annual ancestors, November's Just Dance 2020 is releasing on the Wii, as well as the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and, new for this year, through Google Stadia.

Altogether new on the scene is Roller Champions, a brightly-coloured sports game that looks to have taken inspiration from both roller derby and handball – a happier, friendlier version of 1975 film Rollerball.

Players skate around an arena, scrambling for the ball and completing a full circuit before scoring a goal.

A hint of sci-fi allows for neon skate contrails that denote team allegiance, and a free-to-play pricing model helps Roller Champions compete against another unlikely sports mash-up, the hugely popular RC car and soccer cross Rocket League.

The game is telegraphed for early 2020 on PC with a demo running until June 14 via Ubisoft's Uplay client.

Ubisoft also revealed its subscription service, Uplay+, which provides access to over 100 games for US$14.99 (RM62.33) per month.

It will compete with the established Xbox Game Pass (Xbox One, US$9.99 (RM41.54) or $14.99 with Xbox Live; PC, US$9.99), PlayStation Plus (US$9.99 per month, US$59.99 (RM249.44) per year) and PlayStation Now (US$19.99 (RM83.14) per month, US$44.99 (RM187.08) per quarter), and November's cloud gaming service Google Stadia (around US$10 (RM41.58) per month when a Pro Tier launches), which Ubisoft is also supporting. – AFP Relaxnews
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