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Ubisoft E3 2019 conference live report

Dogs were watched. One even came onstage. All the news as it happened.

Ubisoft came, we saw, and everyone just about conquered the mind-numbing fatigue as the shows lurch on. Watch Dogs Legion looks fantastic, there's an all-new Breath of the Wild-inspired RPG in the form of Gods and Monsters and Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia also featured. Yup, the old games are playable if you subsrcibe to UPlay+. Here's all the news as it happened.

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Our live coverage of this event has finished.

Yooooooooo! (Hello).

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I'm so tired and today's E3 action hasn't even really begun...

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Anyway, 45 minutes to Ubisoft!

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Kami: Hey Martin, s'up?

*waves*

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The return of Mr. Caffeine is all I've ever really wanted.

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It's my birthday next month and if anyone can get him over for it it really would be the best.

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scottgourlay: This is gonna be the shortest one no? all there gonna says is here is your single player 20 hours long splinter cell voiced by Micheal Ironside enjoy 10 minutes of gameplay see you next year.

Plz.

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I was just eating dinner - I still am, so my keyboard is proper greasy right now - and missed Ice T telling everyone not to be toxic shits.

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I'm curious as to what we'll see.

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We know about Watch Dogs, about Ghost Recon, there's no new Assassin's this year.

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No Beyond Good and Evil 2 either.

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So what can we expect in terms of surprises?

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A new Rainbow Six? Seems likely.

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A new Prince of Persia? Less likely, but that'd be lovely.

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Aye, Rainbow Six has leaked! I just forgot because I don't even know what day it is at the moment.

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And here we go.

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Kicking off with Assassin's Creed Symphony. No, it's not a new game - it's a live performance of the soundtrack.

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Or it will be once they get started.

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It's a slightly more downbeat intro than the usual Just Dance madness, but that's okay.

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TBH it's just giving me more time to wolf down this burger before it all properly starts, so thanks Yves.

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I just went to wash my hands and came back and the music is still playing. Did I miss much else?

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It's a reminder that hoo boy there have been a lot of Assassin's Creed games over the past 10 years.

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Anyway that's on tour if you want to go and listen to some of your favourite Assassin's Creed tunes, such as...

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Er, no, I've no idea.

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And.

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Away.

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We.

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Go.

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Straight into Watch Dogs Legion.

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Set in London, as we all knew.

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This is a non-political game, remember, set *checks notes* after Brexit?

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Danny Wallace is back.

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And there's a character named Bagley - a reference, no doubt, to classic garage nightspot Bagleys.

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We're in Piccadilly Circus, with some guy whose cockney accent is horribly over the top.

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Farkin 'ell this writin' is atrocious.

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XP-diddly-ocious, as Poppins would probably say.

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We're in Trafalgar Square, now - a shootout outside Nelson's Column.

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Oh, as Donlan has pointed out - this is basically Zombi U?

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You can switch between characters, there's an element of permadeath to some characters.

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And you can play as an elderly lady so I'm in for this.

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We're watching a compilation of a granny merk a load of bad guys and I'm instantly sold.

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Camden Lock, now - and Camden looks as outrageously outdated as it does in real life.

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Camden High Street - where it's eternally 1996.

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You can fly your drones in this one.

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As in stand on a drone and fly around on it.

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It looks very much like a Ubisoft game, and London itself feels a bit lost beneath all the neon - but yes, this does look good.

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Also I'm still so delighted to just see gameplay in a conference. And an extended look, too - well done, Ubisoft.

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I'm also not convinced by this boozer we're looking at.

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But it condirms that you can play as pretty much any NPC. And that Brixton is in it too. How about Lewisham though? Please? PLEASE.

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They just mentioned Brexit, so this definitely isn't political in any shape or form. Just so you know.

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You build a resistance through the course of the game, so you can indeed recruit and play as anyone.

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Every NPC that you can recruit is indepently voiced and animated. This is quite the ambitious game.

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You can be the women of Bletchley Park okay Ubisoft you've smashed this one out of the park.

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'London - it's gone a bit shit'. Ain't that the truth.

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Helen, a retired assassin and the elderly hero of Watch Dogs Legion, is the star of this year's E3.

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Also I swear the pig's head shown there is the one David Cameron dipped his wick in.

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Anyway, Watch Dogs Legion - a very good looking video game that's coming out next March.

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Here's some lad from a TV show I've never seen - sorry! I actually thought it was a hench Haley Joel Osment.

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But this is about an Always Sunny in Philadelphia video game.

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I think.

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minky-kong: Why is everyone at Eurogamer obsessed with Lewisham? It's a fucking hole.

You're a hole. (I live there).

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Oh Mythic Quest is another TV show I've never seen.

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I haven't seen it because it's not aired yet. It turns out this whole section is pimping a new TV show.

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minky-kong: My commiserations Martin, ask for a raise so you can move to Blackheath

Haha, okay!

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What's an Apple TV?

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This is a very strange thing to have at an E3 conference - a plug for a TV show. That's coming to Apple TV. Or something.

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How odd.

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Well here's Rainbow Six Siege. Thank heavens, a video game.

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Tom Nook is coming to Rainbow Six Siege? Is that he was saying?

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That doesn't look like Tom Nook.

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It looks like an Aldi James Bond.

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Operation Phantom Sight, the new season for Rainbow Six Siege, launches tomorrow.

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Adventure Time, er time now.

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It's another TV show I haven't seen. Do I have to start watching TV now to understand E3 press conferences?

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Adventure Time is coming to Brawlhalla, anyway. That's the news.

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Tom Ker-lancey's Ghost Recon now.

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Can we just see more of Watch Dogs please? Beyond that, this hasn't been a great conference.

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A cinematic trailer for Breakpoint.

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Most importantly, though, a real live dog is on-stage.

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Oh and some actor dude I don't know.

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Is this the first animal live on a Ubi stage, you ask?

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Well, no. There's also some history here - I think Ubi are being very bold by having an animal here after the history.

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Back at Ubidays - lord knows how long ago that was - they had a basketful of bunnies they unleashed on the stage.

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It was Rabbids-based, obviously.

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The rabbits were terrified, the whole thing was quite inhumane, but it was saved by the fact that a lot of them just shat on the stage.

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So the rest of the show carried on with presenters surrounded by rabbit shit.

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The rabbits were also very hard to get off the stage. They're not good at following orders, apparently.

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Is the Ghost Recon section still going?

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'Ghosts never die' says the voiceover, and you've got to concede they do have a point.

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True, true.

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We're still on Ghost Recon, as they announce Delta Company.

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All about serving the Ghost Recon community.

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Though the big takeaway from that is that people do Ghost Recon cosplay?

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What is wrong with people.

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The beta for Ghost Recon is live on September 5th.

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I'd actually happily dress up as a panda and do a dance for you over Skype.

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I don't have a panda costume though.

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Terminator DLC - which was also in Gears - is coming to Ghost Recon.

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They're really trying to sell the awful-looking Terminator film that's coming later this year.

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Ain't it just.

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It's okay, though, becaues here's a mobile game.

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It's a Tom Clancy special RPG.

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Tom Clancy's Elite Squad. Which I won't say anything nasty about as one of the devs is in the comments (hullo yusep!). It looks alright!

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Here's Just Dance to bring a little life to proceedings.

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This, oddly enough, is what I come to the Ubisoft conference wanting. A nice big song and dance routine.

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And there's your panda.

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Ubisoft delivers.

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A very brief cameo from the panda, but it's enough to make me happy.

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No wait there he is again.

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I hope this dance number goes on for the next 45 minutes.

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adamasunder12: You can close the amazon tab now Martin for Panda costumes.

Too late, already ordered.

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A new hero for For Honor, your honour.

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For Honor, Shadows of the Hitokiri, is available nooooooow.

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This could be the new Rainbow Six - basically a Left4Dead thing, I guess?

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine, being made in Ubisoft Montreal, and it's a co-op shooter.

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A PvE game, basically - what Siege is to PvP, Quarantine aims to be for PvE.

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If they can deliver on that it could be quite the thing.

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Doesn't look like we're going to see it in action.

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Division 2 update next plz. I'm going for a wazz.

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Division 2 is free for the next three days, and the first big update is out soooon.

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Bloodfont: A lot of political shooters for a company that doesn't like political statements.

You said it not me. (But also yes so much this).

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yusep: The division 2 is actually a pretty good game.

YOU WORK FOR UBISOFT YOU WOULD SAY THAT!

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I'll admit I haven't played The Division 2, but people who have played it make positive noises.

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Second raid is coming this autumn.

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Bloodfont: Fun fact, Clancy was a pretty hard republican, it's pretty funny to see these games in a pretty left wing company. Don't get me wrong, i'm left and like division 2 it's just an empty game outside "dungeons"

I find that whole thing so strange too - there's a real clash there.

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Wyrm: I hope The Terminator is in this too

Would be up for the Terminator in Just Dance too.

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yusep: Well, If I would work in EA I would lie or write some PR shit, but in ubisoft we are cool guys who always say thruth. We also have pandas.

<3

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Amidst all that - and the revelation that all Ubisoft studios have pandas - there's a teaser for season three for The Division 2. And an announcement that The Division movie is coming to Netflix.

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A new subscription service called Uplay+.

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$14.99 a month, giving you access to Ubi's back catalogue and god it's getting expensive keeping up with all these services.

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Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell both made an apperance at the conference, at least - they're both classic games available as part of this new service.

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adamasunder12: That's expensive. Are we sponsoring a panda too?

I'm hoping they throw a panda outfit in for that amount.

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Uplay+ is also going to be a part of Stadia.

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Umer: $14.99 is quite steep, but all their titles are AAA and multiple of them come out annually. Alas, let's see. Not a bad idea to buy base games and sign up to service for a month once a year to get access to all the DLCs and shit. Or maybe just sub on it at new releases as long as they'll add their titles day one.

It's quite steep, but you do get Steep.

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Sorry that was an awful joke.

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Roller Champions, which is Rocket League-esque and which also leaked, is next up on stage.

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Can we also take the time to mourn the brilliant Laser League, which deserved so much more.

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And you can play this game RIGHT NOW.

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A demo, anyway - it's available over the next four days on Uplay.

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It looks like they made a game based around Mario Kart's Baby Park, and I can get behind that.

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Yves arrives.

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I'm all about Yves.

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(I'm so sorry I'm really tired).

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He's got a lovely, all-encompassing message about how games can bring us together.

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This, after an hour of mostly guns and death.

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But still! Here's an all-new game from the Quebec studio.

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An all-new IP, and it looks lively and colourful - drawing on mythology.

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A nice unexpeced show-closer introducing us to an all-new IP that I presume will be next-gen.

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And it looks an awful lot like Breath of the Wild. This is Gods and Monsters, and it's coming out next February - so not next-gen after all.

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That was Ubisoft's E3 conference.

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Hmm.

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It's always such an odd year before next gen consoles release.

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And there's also the fact that everything leaked beforehand.

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But there's a very flat feeling to E3 this year.

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Watch Dogs looks great, as does Gods and Monsters and I'm excited to try Roller Champions.

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And that was Ubisoft's E3 2019 conference. God I wish it wasn't.

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(It wasn't actually that bad).

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Thanks for joining us - next up is Square Enix at 2am. Last year they revealed The Quiet Man - what joy can we expect tonight?

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