Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles join Brawlhalla this week

As if the foursome’s Shredder’s Revenge brawler wasn’t enough to get excited over this year, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are also ready to duke it out on the Brawlhalla front.

Ubisoft announced that the team will join the beat-em-up this week, starting on June 16th. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael will all join the party, each with their own distinctive fighting styles – and of course, a lot of pizza.

Check out the debut trailer below. It’s unknown how much the characters costs, but you should be able to pick them up in-game.

Let’s see how they fare against Lara Croft, Hellboy, and the WWE superstars, yeah? Cowabunga indeed.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gets another year of updates

Rather than elaborate on what kind of Assassin’s Creed game would drop in 2022, Ubisoft instead opted to focus on the next year of content headed for its most current game in the franchise, Valhalla.

During today’s Ubisoft Direct, the developers confirmed that the game will receive support “well into” 2022, including an expansion that focuses heavily on the debut of Odin. More details are expected in the months ahead.

In the meantime, one-handed swords will make their debut “in the next few weeks,” and the Siege of Paris is still set to arrive this summer. The game will also receive its very own Discovery Tour, set to arrive this fall and offering details in the game’s historic setting, without having to slaughter your way through enemies. It’ll be free for all players.

So if you want more Assassin’s Creed Valhalla content, boy, are you going to get it. The game is available now for PlayStation consoles, Xbox consoles and PC. Check out a glimpse at the content below!

First Look: Rainbow Six Extraction – Under Alien Siege

With Rainbow Six Siege continuing to be successful on the competitive front, we were a bit concerned that Ubisoft wouldn’t break away with something new in the formula. Then we started hearing about a project called Quarantine, and how it would be quite different. Well, after today’s reveal at the Ubisoft Forward presentation for E3, we finally have an idea of what’s in store. We won’t say it’s aliens…but it’s totally aliens.

The tactical first-person shooter Rainbow Six Extraction made its premiere today, and it introduces a number of operators, as well as the type of devious fiends that you have to take down before they get you. The trailer below gives you a good idea of what’s in store, and this ain’t an ordinary round of Siege.

What’s interesting is how a mission can change with the introduction of dangerous foes. For instance, in the gameplay, featured below, soldiers attempt to rescue one of their own, who’s been wrapped up in some kind of trap. However when they do so, they come face to face with an Apex, a creature that’s not going down as easily as they’d hope. That, combined with whatever else comes their way, will force them to think quickly as they try to work together and survive.

Up to three players can join a team at the same time, including a variety of favorite operators such as Ela, Ash and Hibana, amongst others. It looks to be a real treat online; and judging by the sound of things, Ubisoft could continue providing long-term support for it, just as they’re doing with Siege and cross-play support, which will happen next year. (Extraction will get it day one, across all platforms.)

The gameplay doesn’t nearly last long enough, but it does give us an idea of what’s in store. Don’t call this Left 4 Dead with aliens, as this is clearly a Rainbow Six experience. (And maybe don’t call it Quarantine either – it’s been a rough year for all of us.)

Rainbow Six Extraction will arrive on September 16th for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X. We’ll see how well it performs when a beta takes place later this summer. So…who wants to fry some aliens?!

New Avatar game coming from The Division Squad

While we weren’t able to see what Ubisoft had in store for the Star Wars franchise during today’s Connect showcase, we did get a glimpse of what’s coming from another major sci-fi franchise.

Ubisoft debuted a new trailer for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, a new first-person adventure from the developers of The Division franchise, Massive Entertainment. The game promised to be a thrilling adventure with far more detail than the last Avatar game, which came out for consoles over a decade ago.

Set for release in 2022, the game will have ties to the forthcoming Avatar sequels that are in the works under director James Cameron. Though very little is known about the story, it appears that the strange blue beings will continue their war with the humans, using whatever weapons and winged creatures they can get their hands on.

You can check out the debut trailer for Frontiers of Pandora below. It’ll arrive in 2022 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PC and Stadia.

Far Cry 6 DLC brings back classic villains

Are you one of those people that are thinking, “Well, you know, Far Cry 6 has a great bad guy in Giancarlo Esposito, but I really want more”? Well, you’re about to get your wish.

Ubisoft has detailed the forthcoming downloadable content that will be available with the game’s Season Pass – and it brings back three faces from the franchise that are sure to be welcomed in their return.

First up is Joseph Seed, the megalomaniacal cult leader from Far Cry 5. You’ll be able to play as him in his world, though it’s unknown when the storyline takes place. Possibly between that game and New Dawn, but we’ll see soon enough.

Next up? Troy Baker’s flamboyant Pagan from Far Cry 4, who will no doubt try to step in and take what’s his – and what necessarily isn’t his. He’ll be a pleasure to see again.

However one the fans will really want to see is Vaas from Far Cry 3. Yep, he’s back, and he’s in more trouble than he’s ever been. Did you really expect anything less?

All of the game’s actors will return to voice their characters and provide motion work, so it’ll be like they never left the roles. We’ll have to see where this new journey leads them as their DLC comes out between late 2021 and early 2022.

The Season Pass will also include a full copy of the cult classic Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. It’s unknown if the game will be a remaster or based on the original code, but it’ll have space dinosaurs and Michael Biehn. So that counts for something.
The Season Pass will be available for separate purchase, or included with deluxe editions of the game. Now go get it, as it drops on October 7th for consoles and PC!

Riders Republic first look: talk about going Steep

After being announced last year, the extreme sports oriented Riders Republic has gotten some good attention from us, if only because of the various activities it has to offer. However if you’ve not yet caught it in action, a new deep dive trailer for the game just premiered on Ubisoft Forward – and gives us a lot to look forward to.

In the game, you get to choose from over “50+ player events” via Community that “randomly pop up on the map.” And like the previously released Steep before it, it has all sorts of activities that you can take part in. There’s riding the slopes with a snowboard; there’s hitting the dirt trail with a bike; and you can even do some flying in a wingsuit if you feel compelled. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as the game will give you lots to do, as well as customization options galore and a ton of ways to progress your rider.

Oh, and there will be multiplayer as well, as you can Mass Start races with a bunch of other competitors in the best way possible. Compete for the top spot and win your way to even more events as you go along! Not to mention trick challenges that await you and your buddies, along with online cup tournaments, arenas and races, and a whole lot more.

The trailer below gives you an idea of what to expect. Thus far, the visuals look spectacular for this game, and remind us of long-lost extreme sports stuff like SSX and Downhill Domination (remember those?). Also the music sounds like it’ll have a nice vibe to it as well.

Before you ask, yes, the game will have cross-play and cross-progression as well. No word if that’s starting from day one, but it seems likely.

Check out the trailer below and prepare for take a ride with the Republic starting on September 2nd!

Mario and Rabbids sequel coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022

Ubisoft’s E3 press conference takes place in just a matter of hours today. However it looks like one of the company’s biggest secrets is already out of the bag.

An update on a Nintendo page (which has since been taken down) has revealed a sequel to Mario and Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, with the two companies teaming up once again for a role-playing adventure. In Mario and Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, Mario, Luigi and Peach will once again team up with their Rabbid counterparts for a whole new journey.

“Team up with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi, and their friends on a galactic journey to defeat a malevolent entity and save your Spark companions,” the game’s description reads. “Explore planets throughout the galaxy as you uncover mysterious secrets and compelling quests!”

A cast of nine characters will be available at the start, but the roster could easily expand with DLC, just as the first game did. They’ll be able to use unique powers and skills to defeat enemies, while continuing on their way.

Maybe it’s just us, but Sparks of Hope looks way more detailed than the first game, with bigger environments to explore and an emphasis on third-party exploration this time around.

The first trailer for Sparks of Hope has arrived, and you can see it below! The game is slated for release sometime in 2022.

Far Cry 6 opens up a dangerous new world

The Far Cry saga has taken us to all sorts of places over the years, from the heart of Americana where you’re taking on a savage cult, to outer space, where you’re showing a lunar T-Rex who’s boss. Now we have Far Cry 6, the latest chapter, and it looks to be the biggest yet. Not only are you facing one of your fiercest opponents to date, but you’re also doing it in the series’ biggest playground – the Caribbean island of Yara. However if you think this is a fantasy island, you’re in for a rude awakening.

The island is ruled by a man named Anton Castillo, played with great gusto by Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian, Breaking Bad). While he controls the island with an iron fist, he’s also trying to groom his son Diego (Anthony Gonzalez) into being as ruthless and powerful as he is.

The game puts you in control of a character named Dani Rojas, who can be either male or female, depending on your preference. They’ve gone through a personal hell because of Anton, losing several friends and vowing to get revenge. As a guerrilla soldier making their way up the ranks, you’ll guide them on this journey, eventually getting the upper hand, recruiting new soldiers and building weapons and vehicles that can make a difference.

We got a first look at gameplay from Far Cry 6 today, which you can see below. There’s a lot to take in, but the familiarity of the Far Cry formula is there. You’ll find the ability to travel either on foot or by vehicle, using parts that you can use to make the car of your dreams – and maybe your enemies’ nightmares. In addition, you’ve also got some great guns that are useful, including one that appears to fire old “Macarena” CD’s. While playing them, of course. (Because why not make your foes suffer?)

Along the way, you’ll also perform small things to help your army thrive, including bribing certain officials, sabotaging items on ships and nearby areas to turn the tide, and even stealing goods that you know can do your army some good. On top of that, you can also kick back and enjoy a game of dominoes with friends, or hone your skills to become better in combat. Hell, you can also train secondary characters, as it looks like you might be able to command a small dog – or a rather large alligator. This isn’t entirely confirmed just yet, but it looks like it could be a great secondary gameplay tactic, like commanding animals in Far Cry Primal.

Also, did we mention how beautiful Yara is? Ubisoft has gone all out with this game engine, as it looks fantastic. The inner city dwellings are beautiful, but once you get out to the countryside, it almost looks like a whole new world worth exploring. Not that you’ll have much time, as you’ll have to partake in the sweet combat featured within the game. There’s a lot of cool effects here, and even makeshift weapons leave a lasting effect throughout the campaign.

Ubisoft promised more to come from this sweet adventure, but at least we know when we’ll be able to get our hands on it – October 7. It’ll be modified best on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X, but also available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, for those that prefer those formats. Whatever the case, your journey to Yara will truly be something else – and Anton will make sure you enjoy the ride, win or lose.

By the way, did we mention that Esposito is bad-ass in this? Because holy crap.