June 14, 2010 - The lights are dim, and Ubisoft's first game of the night is presented. It's called Child of Eden, and it's the sequel to Rez and Rez HD. This original, music-based shooter immerses players into a psychedelic mix of lights and particles, using Kinect motion controls.
This year's Ubisoft press conference is all about feeling the games, they say - games that make us jump into the action and feel the adventures as if they were our own.
The trailer we were all waiting for is here: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood! From what we saw, the game takes place in Rome, and it features a much darker assassin - one whose face is familiar yet new: it's the return of Ezio Auditore! The game will release on November 16th. It can't come soon enough! You'll have to check out the trailers once they're up in our video section, but all we have to say is it looks amazing. New moves and fighting mechanics are some of the changes gamers will experience in this new AC game, which will translate into even more satisfying gameplay.
Shaun White is now a usual at Ubisoft's press events, so he's back to show us his next title. This one is all about skateboarding, and as you may know by now, it's titled Shaun White Skateboarding. The game's approach and visual style is very different from other skateboarding titles. The demo shows how the world transforms as the skater advances and performs tricks. It's a world full of bendable objects where things morph in real-time, depending upon the player's moves. It'll come out for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii.
All of a sudden, a choreographed shootout takes over the entire theater! It turns out they're presenting a new game, a live shooter called Battle Tag. Gamers can play this one right at home, run all over the house, and then come back to the game to see the results. It's a combination of a shooter game and laser tag, requiring players to even reload their fake guns with fake ammunition. It'll ship for PC in North America with two guns, ammo, plus the game itself later this year.
Up next is an innovative title called Innergy. This game teaches players, for once, how to relax and breathe in and out. This wouldn't be possible without the help of a little peripheral attached to your finger, and no, it's not Nintendo's Vitality Sensor. It's Ubisoft's Energy Sensor! Hmm… looks like this is the year of copying Nintendo! Then again, they never announced a title for their device, so I guess Ubisoft has the head start this time around. Or do they?
After a lengthy chit-chat about using the body as a new instrument for video games, they proceed to introduce a new video game that makes use of Kinect; it's Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, which we saw a few hours earlier at the Xbox 360 press event. Ubisoft's new technology projects the shape of the players within the game, making them part of a vibrant world. It's also able to calculate a player's dimensions, including body weight. There's personal training, family activities, and classes such as yoga. It'll have online support as well, so players can challenge their friends, upload their stats, and more. Not only that, but it'll also include Facebook and Twitter support.