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Ubisoft Forward 2023 Summer Game Fest

Everything Announced at Ubisoft Forward 2023

We’re into the final stretch of the Summer Game Fest showcases for this year, with Ubisoft Forward 2023 taking the spotlight this evening. There’s been a big focus on Assassin’s Creed, with several announcements from the franchise coming over the course of the stream. But of course, we’ve had plenty more, too, including new information about Star Wars: Outlaws which was unveiled during last night’s Xbox Games Showcase.

If you missed Ubisoft Forward 2023, however, don’t you worry. We’ve rounded up all of the announcements for you below, including trailers. Be sure to check out the rest of our Summer Game Fest 2023 coverage by clicking here.

Just Dance 2024

  • Release date: 24th October 2023
  • PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC

The Ubisoft Forward 2023 show kicks off with a trailer for Ubisoft’s annual dancing game franchise. It’s coming with 40 new songs, and out on 24th October. And, interestingly, there’s a Just Dance Olympic Esports Event. Huh.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

  • Release date 7th December 2023
  • PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC

Here’s a trailer for the upcoming Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, the game set in the Avatar cinematic universe. Play as a Na’vi, awoken from cryosleep after 15 years, as they rediscover their beautiful homeland. It’s a first-person action adventure game where humans are the enemy. Exploration looks fantastic, but combat is going to play a key role here. What’s particularly cool is that you can play single player, or team up with a friend online for two-player co-op. It’s out on 7th December.

XDefiant

  • Open beta coming on 21st June on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC
  • Full release coming this summer

We’ve already been hands on with Ubisoft’s upcoming multiplayer shooter, and so we know it’s a pretty fun time. The release date isn’t so far away, with a launch window scheduled for this summer. It’ll launch with a wealth of content, with one new map every month dropping throughout its Year 1 season. There’s an open beta session on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC between June 21st and 23rd, and so if you want to give it a go, be sure to jump in.

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown

  • Release date: 18th January 2024
  • PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC

With its announcement trailer coming during Thursday’s Summer Game Fest stream, here’s another look at the upcoming side-scrolling adventure game, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown. We got a very cool animated cinematic trailer this time, followed by an introduction from the game director. It has a semi-open world, but you’ll need to unlock new skills to access new areas: in other words, this is a metroidvania. It looks great – we’re digging its art style. And combat looks suitably fast-paced and engaging – particularly against large beasties. We also have a release date: 18th January 2024.

Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix

  • Coming to Netflix later this year

And now for something different: Captain Laserhawk is an upcoming Netflix anime series set in a futuristic and bat-shit crazy world. Expect plenty of Easter eggs, 90s throwbacks and more. It’s coming later this year.

The Division Resurgence

  • Coming to iOS and Android later this year

The Division Resurgence’s trailer, along with its epic Bloc Party soundtrack, got our blood pumping. Alas, don’t get too excited: this is the upcoming mobile game set in the Division universe. The cinematic trailer is a little misleading, but from the glimpse of gameplay we got, we expect it to be fairly faithful to the PC and console experience of The Division.

Skull & Bones

  • Closed beta incoming on 25th August

Not so much a trailer, but we got a nice little musical number reintroducing us to Skull & Bones. It’s been delayed more times than a Northern Rail train, but we can finally get our hands on it to at least test it out: there’s a closed beta coming between August 25th to 28th.

The Crew: Motorfest

  • Release date: 14th September
  • PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC
  • Closed beta incoming on 21st July

Here’s a trailer for the next entry into The Crew series: The Crew: Motorfest. Introduced with a CG trailer, it takes us on a blood-pumping journey across motorways, dirt roads, thunderous mountain ranges and more – it’s set in Hawaii. There’s no denying that this is Ubisoft’s answer to the Forza Horizon series, but we’re absolutely here for it. What’s very cool is that you can import your vehicle collection from The Crew 2 to Motorfest for free. But even if you haven’t played a Crew game yet, there looks to be plenty of exciting reasons to jump into Motorfest. There’s a closed beta between July 21st to 23rd if you want to give it a try before its September release.

Assassin’s Creed Nexus

  • Releasing this holiday
  • Meta Quest 2

Get closer to the action than ever before with Assassin’s Creed Nexus. Made for Meta Quest 2, Assassin’s Creed Nexus is the first entry in the series designed with VR in mind. Played from a first-person viewpoint, players will take control of Kassandra, Connor and Ezio – three legendary assassins – and thwart yet another of Abstergo’s devious plans. What’s really neat here is that you’ll have to perform realistic actions to assassinate your targets. It’s out later this year, and you can read more about it here.

Assassin’s Creed Codename Jade

  • Coming to iOS and Android

Made for iOS and Android using Unreal Engine, Assassin’s Creed Codename Jade is a mobile Assassin’s Creed experience set in ancient China, just after the warring states period. You’ll play as a young disciple, and for the first time you’ll be able to customise your appearance. If you want to witness the rise and fall of an empire while on the go, this is for you. Sign up now for a chance to get in on a closed beta.

Assassins Creed Mirage

  • Release date: 12th October
  • PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC

Launching later this year, Assassin’s Creed Mirage takes players back to the roots of the series. This is a smaller, more focused game than the last few mainline Assassin’s Creed entries, but we don’t see that as a bad thing. Instead, it captures everything we loved about the original, including an enhanced emphasis on parkour, stealth and actual assassinations. We have a release date, too: 12th October. We can’t wait for this one. Read more about it here.

Star Wars Outlaws

  • Out 2024
  • PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC

Star Wars Outlaws was announced during yesterday’s Xbox Games Showcase, but here we’re learning a little more about it. It’s an open world action adventure set in a vast and beautiful world. Taking on the role of a scoundrel, players will have some freedom to approach situations however they see fit. We got a good look at gameplay, which sees our protagonist, accompanied by their adorable axolotl-like companion Nix, stealth their way through an armoured compound. Stealth soon turns to all-out warfare though, as you get spotted. Shoot your gun, make use of the environment, and command Nix to help. Traverse the world on a speeder bike as you take on new missions and make your way through the story. We absolutely cannot wait to get our hands on this one.

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