Ubisoft’s E3 2021: Everything about Avatar, Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Extraction and more


Ubisoft’s E3 2021 event is happening today, starting at noon PT. Unlike in previous years, when companies like Electronic Arts or Microsoft would hold their events ahead of Ubisoft, this time the Assassin’s Creed-maker is up first. That means the stage is set for some big news.

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Rainbow Six Extraction

The company started by talking about Rainbow Six Extraction, a new game based on its popular Rainbow Six Siege tactical strategy game, first released in 2015. In this new title, players work in a team of three to take on an alien threat. Extraction will be released Sept. 16.

Assassin’s Creed

Ubisoft announced new updates for its Assassin’s Creed historical fiction adventure series. The company said it plans to continue updating its latest installment, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which focuses on the viking expansion throughout Europe a little over 1,000 years ago. Ubisoft said it plans to continue offering free updates for the game, which launched last year, with an upcoming installment to focus on the siege of Paris, which happened in 885.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Ubisoft said it’s working on an adventure game based on the revived Avatar movie series, called Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. The game company didn’t say much other than that it’s working with Disney on the title, which will be a standalone story from the upcoming movies. The game will be released in 2022.

Rocksmith Plus

Ubisoft’s guitar-learning Rocksmith game took a different approach to music games by offering a title designed to teach you how to actually play the guitar. Now, a decade after its launch, the company’s released a new subscription service called Rocksmith Plus, designed to help people learn how to play acoustic guitar, electric guitar or bass using an iPhone or Android app that turns their smartphone in a microphone for the game to listen and score your progress as you learn.

Ubisoft didn’t say when the game will be released or how much it’ll cost, but the company’s offering an open beta starting this summer. It’s currently only available for PCs, but will presumably be available for other platforms at launch.

Riders Republic

Ubisoft announced a new extreme-sports game Riders Republic, coming September 2. The game encourages people to play together, participating in various sports including mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding and wingsuit flying.

Just Dance 2022

The company confirmed it plans another installment in its popular annual dance music game series. Ubisoft didn’t share too much about the songs planned for this year, but did say it’s working with rapper and choreographer Todrick Hall for some of its songs. The game will launch November 4.

What is Ubisoft Forward? 

Typically, E3 consists of a huge show floor and press conferences from gaming giants like Ubisoft. But now that the convention is all online, companies are doing their E3 presentations in the form of branded online streams — like Nintendo Direct. Ubisoft Forward is the French gaming giant’s platform to woo you into buying its big offerings from 2021 and beyond.

Last year’s Ubisoft Forward, in July, focused mainly on two games: Watch Dogs Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

Far Cry 6 is likely to be a big part of Ubisoft Forward.


Start times and how to watch

Ubisoft Forward 2021 takes place on June 12 at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET. That’s 8 p.m. UK time for those across the pond, and 5 a.m. June 13 AEST for Aussies.

You’ll be able to watch Ubisoft Forward on the company’s YouTube and Twitch channels. We’ll embed the stream in this post when the link becomes available. 

What should I expect?

It’s extremely likely that we’ll see more Far Cry 6, which is Ubisoft’s big (announced) game for 2021. The company recently streamed 40 minutes of gameplay from the title, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see more at Ubisoft Forward. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Quarantine — a game named and demoed before COVID-19 — is also due this year, so expect to see that too. Further, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s second DLC is set for a late-2021 launch, so more details on that are definitely possible.

What about the unexpected? Beyond Good and Evil 2, a long, long, long anticipated sequel, could make a rare appearance. And if there’s any time to unveil a big, new project, it’s the first official day of E3.