E3 2019: Ubisoft predictions, rumors and expectations

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Ubisoft will have a huge show this year of games featuring franchises both familiar and new, with hopefully a couple of neat surprises packed in as well.

Over the past several Electronic Entertainment Expos, Ubisoft has gone from something of a weird joke with a show that nobody knew what to make of (Mister Caffeine, anyone?) to one of the biggest and most diverse AAA publishers out there. Sure, they can be accused of having a bunch of open-world actions games that all feel a little too similar, but the reality is they are usually willing to try new and daring things. To their credit, if something isn’t a hit right away, they often work at it until it is or at least has an active enough community that it’s worth maintaining.

This year, expect to see updates for several major franchises, but also a couple new things, maybe one or two weird things, and the usual five or so minutes of the latest Just Dance game (which will probably still be coming out for both the Wii and Wii U) to warm up the crowd at the start. Here’s what we will, might and won’t see at Ubisoft’s E3 2019 presentation:

What we will see: Watch Dogs Legion

Ubisoft seems to want to make Watch Dogs their next major franchise and will try as many times as it takes to get it established as such. After leaks earlier in the week, Ubisoft officially revealed that we will be seeing Watch Dogs Legion make its official debut at this year’s Ubisoft E3 presentation.

It’s been a known secret that a new Watch Dogs game has been in the works for quite a while now, and while more or less everything about it has been a rumor, enough things have been said by people who have trusted sources enough times that certain things about Watch Dogs Legion are known.

Firstly, the series is going across the pond. The first two games both took place in the United States, in Chicago and San Fransisco, respectively. Watch Dogs Legion reportedly takes place in London, giving it more of an international flair. The game will be all about technology and stopping things like potentially deadly cyber attacks, which at least has been an element of the previous two games, but it seems even more central here.

Lastly, there reportedly are not any lethal weapons in the game. You’ll use your cyber-abilities, batons, and tasers instead of guns. This would make sense as firearms in the Watch Dogs series have usually been handled very poorly. Will the third time be the charm with Watch Dogs Legion and finally make it the mega-franchise Ubisoft wants it to be? We’ll find out at their E3 2019 presentation.