Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Watch Dogs: Legion were the highlights of the Ubisoft Forward stream that took the place of the publisher’s annual E3 press conference. And although these big games do look promising, it’s impossible to not also recall the games that weren’t there at all. From announced games to ones that were merely rumored, here are some of the games that Ubisoft chose to keep locked away for the show.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Beyond Good and Evil 2 is Ubisoft’s most cursed title to the point of almost feeling like an elaborate, years-long joke. The game was teased in 2008 before falling into a long silence until E3 2017 where it was officially unveiled again. But aside from some odd streams here and there, we’ve barely heard anything substantive about the game in a way that lets players actually understand what’s going on.
So what is actually going on with this game? We don’t know and will not know for even longer since it was not at this E3-esque showing at all.
Skull and Bones
Ubisoft wanted to capitalize on Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag‘s success so it announced Skull and Bones in 2017, the assassin-free piratey ship game. While it did appear in a few subsequent events after, the game has yet to dock within the public eye in the past couple years. A recent report has stated that the title has undergone a big reboot and is now a live service game that’s supposed to emulate Fortnite‘s evolving story.
That’s not a huge departure from Ubisoft’s typical games, but, given the wording of the source, it might not even be a premium experience anymore. It’s unclear, like a ship stuck in the night fog and Ubisoft has yet to act like a lightlouse.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
There are fewer better (or worse?) times to talk about a game with “quarantine” right in the title than during a global pandemic. However, Ubisoft still didn’t show Rainbow Six Quarantine at the Ubisoft Forward event when a ton of people are in a literal self-quarantine. This co-op shooter is still mostly a mystery, as almost all of the information we have is based on a few minor leaks.
Ubisoft is one leaky company so these leaks have a decent chance of being accurate. But it sounds like we will need to get our own Rainbow Six team to get that intel that gives us a grander look.
Roller Champions, the Rocket League-esque casual yet competitive sports title, was a surprising leak that came out just before E3 2019 because of how different it looked from Ubisoft’s other games. And since it hasn’t yet released in that ensuing year, it seemed like it would undoubtedly make another grand appearance at this year’s faux show.
Alas, it skated right past. The team said it would show more later in the year so it’s still rolling along, just not in the public eye.
Gods and Monsters
Gods and Monsters was already looking a lot like Breath of the Wild and just like Nintendo with Breath of the Wild 2, Ubisoft has showed almost nothing of the title since its announcement. However, in typical Ubisoft fashion, an old 2019 build of the game did leak via Stadia in June 2020 giving us a glimpse at the upcoming RPG.
But, according to the Ubisoft Quebec Senior Producer Marc-Alexis Côté said that the game has transformed since and even has a new name. So what does it look like now and what is its new name? Only Ubisoft knows.
Rumors of a new Splinter Cell seemingly pop up every couple months. Be it an odd joke, a rumored VR game, cameos or DLC in other games, social media posts from a voice actor, or some coy reference, rumors of Sam Fisher’s return cannot hide from the spotlight. But, ironically, Ubisoft is still keeping him in the darkness since it hasn’t formally confirmed that the goggled spy is coming back soon.
There have been hints and a vague, official tweet so it appears as though we will see another traditional Splinter Cell game. However, it doesn’t seem as though it will be soon, given how it wasn’t at the Ubisoft Foward stream, which would have been a good place to debut it and give life to those rumors.
Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia hasn’t had much of a seat at the table since Assassin’s Creed took over. Aside from the 2008 reboot and underplayed 2010 entry, the Prince has been lost to the sands of time.
It even took over eight years for footage of a canceled installment to just get noticed on YouTube. There aren’t many rumblings of the series coming back, but Ubisoft did file a domain for princeofpersia6.com back in May 2020. For Honor also had Prince of Persia-themed event in March 2020. A Twitter account for the series was also seemingly discovered and evidence pointed to Ubisoft holding the keys to it. And while not quite a traditional game, there’s a Prince of Persia escape room experience coming in the future whenever we all can escape our own rooms.
All of these disparate straws are enough to grasp onto and pave some sort of a way for a sequel announcement. Regardless, the series still acts as though it was stabbed with the Dagger of Time and stays frozen in place.
Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends are two of the best 2D platformers of the decade, but it seems like Ubisoft has little interest in further expanding upon them. And while a new Prince of Persia game had some pathways to an announcement, Rayman had basically none. There have essentially been no rumors of another full-fledged Rayman game in the works, which is still unfortunate even if there was nothing to point to the contrary.