Over the summer, Ubisoft opted to individually showcase Skull & Bones and place Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope in a Nintendo Direct Mini, so it skipped out on holding its own dedicated showcase. Today, the French game publisher revived the Ubisoft Forward showcase series brand for a new presentation highlighting Ubisoft's upcoming titles.
The pre-show highlighted updates for Anno 1800, Brawlhalla, For Honor, The Crew 2, and more. Then, the main Ubisoft Forward show contained some deep dives into Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and Skull & Bones, in addition to an entire segment dedicated to Assassin's Creed Mirage and the first two games included in Assassin's Creed Infinity. This is everything that was announced during the September 2022 Ubisoft Forward showcase.
Ubisoft Forward: Official Livestream - September 2022 | #UbiForward
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope gameplay video introduces Terra Flora and Rayman
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope: Wiggler Boss Fight Gameplay Preview | #UbiForward
Ubisoft gave us another in-depth look at Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope ahead of its release next month. During its segment that kicked off the main show, we got a look at gameplay on Terra Flora, one of the game's worlds, and saw a boss fight against a Wiggler.
Ubisoft confirmed that the game will receive at least three pieces of DLC. The third post-launch update pack will introduce Rayman as a playable character, although we didn't see any gameplay from it. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope releases as a Nintendo Switch exclusive on October 20, 2022.
Skull & Bones reveals more details about its pirate adventure
Skull and Bones: Gameplay Trailer | #UbiForward
Ubisoft's long-in-development pirate game Skull & Bones got a spotlight during the Ubisoft Foward show. Its segment started by highlighting The Helm, which will serve as the player's base of operations. Ubisoft then showed the game's Insider Program and ship customization. It also confirmed that PvP can be turned off and that Skull & Bones will have cross-play. The game is scheduled to launch on November 8.
Netflix partners with Ubisoft for 3 mobile games
Netflix announced that it is working with Ubisoft to bring three new games exclusively to Netflix Games. The first is Valiant Hearts 2, a World War 1 game that will release in January 2023. The second is a sequel to The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, which will release sometime later on in 2023. Finally, a mobile Assassin's Creed game is in the works and will release exclusively through Netflix Games. A live-action Assassin's Creed show and multiple animated series are also in the works at Netflix.
Assassin's Creed Mirage brings the series back to basics in 2023
Assassin's Creed Mirage: Cinematic World Premiere | #UbiForward
After a lot of leaks and an official announcement from Ubisoft, we finally got an in-depth look at Assassin's Creed Mirage during that series' portion of the showcase. It got a lengthy cinematic trailer before its Narrative Director explained how the game goes back to basics in its Baghdad setting and features voice work from actress Shohreh Aghdashloo. Ubisoft also confirmed that the game will release across PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S in 2023, with those who pre-order getting access to an exclusive questline titled The Forty Thieves.
Assassin's Creed Infinity includes games set in Japan and the Holy Roman Empire
For those that like the more modern style of Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft also gave a look at the first two games that will be part of Assassin's Creed Infinity. Affirming Bloomberg's report from last week, Codename Red developed by Ubisoft Quebec is an Assassin's Creed RPG experience set in feudal Japan where players control a Shinobi.
Meanwhile, Ubisoft Montreal's Codename: Hexe is set during witch trials in the Holy Roman Empire. These games are further out than Assassin's Creed Mirage, so we didn't see much of them beyond teaser footage. Both games will be housed within Assassin's Creed Infinity, a hub platform for future games. Ubisoft also noted that it's looking into creating standalone multiplayer Assassin's Creed games, which may also live within Infinity.