Ubisoft Is Firing On All Cylinders In 2024

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2024 Is A Big Year For Ubisoft!

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  • Ubisoft has already released three major games this year.
  • The developer is just getting started, with two of its biggest premium titles yet to come.
  • 2024 is proving to be the biggest year for Ubisoft since 2014.

Ubisoft was among my favorite developers, but ever since they stopped evolving and got stuck in the past, I haven’t had high expectations from them. To my surprise, however, the studio headed into 2024 with a completely different energy.

Starting the year off with Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, Ubisoft made it clear that 2024 would not be just any other year. In my opinion, this is the moment this studio has been waiting for as it seeks to conquer open-world gaming again.

Why it matters: The developer’s lineup hasn’t been this rich in a long time, offering variety and quality at the same time.

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown Was A Breath of Fresh Air From This Developer

Three Huge Releases So Far

Ubisoft started the year on a high note with the release of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown. This revival was highly praised by audiences and became the highest user-rated Ubisoft game on Metacritic in no time.

While I didn’t have high expectations for this metroidvania, it was a very nostalgic take on the IP. One month later, the developer released another major title, Skull and Bones, its AAAA live-service mammoth.

Much like the critics, I don’t have the most positive thoughts on this release, but Ubisoft has said that it was a success on multiple occasions. I suppose we’ll just have to take the French gaming giant’s word for it.

The team’s latest release has the potential to go down as its biggest live-service game of all time. XDefiant is finally available after the community built it up as the Call of Duty killer.

According to first reports, the game has reached millions of unique players and now boasts over 700K peak concurrent players. If this wasn’t enough, the Call of Duty fanbase seems to be loving the experience so far.

I’ve personally tried a few matches, and while I don’t see myself sticking with the game, it definitely scratches the classic Call of Duty multiplayer itch.

Assassin's Creed Shadows
Assassin’s Creed Shadows Is One of 2024’s Biggest AAA Releases

The Big Hitters

Star Wars Outlaws and Assassin’s Creed Shadows are undoubtedly the two biggest titles from the French gaming giant this year.

The former arrives in August and promises to bring Ubisoft’s signature open-world experience to the Star Wars universe for the first time. Everything about this game looks highly promising so far, with the studio even moving away from its despised tower-scanning mechanic.

As far as I’m concerned, a game with dogfights, blasters, and all the mayhem that comes with Star Wars is more than enough to warrant a purchase. Hopefully, the team can stick the landing on this one.

As for Assassin’s Creed Shadows, the franchise is finally heading to Japan in November. There isn’t much to say about the game for now, but Ubisoft will likely debut uncut gameplay next month.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows has also been surrounded by controversy due to Ubisoft’s take on the Japanese setting. Anyhow, I’m going to approach this title with an open mind, especially considering how long I’ve been waiting for an Assassin’s Creed entry in Japan.

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Everything Else

Elsewhere, the developer plans to release Rainbow Six Mobile in September.

This franchise is already huge on consoles and PCs. With the upcoming arrival on mobile devices, it may find just as much success as the likes of Fortnite and Call of Duty on this platform.

Finally, The Division Resurgence is another game that aims to offer a console experience to the mobile audience. The title’s release date is unknown, but it is still expected to arrive before the end of 2024.

Needless to say, Ubisoft is doing a lot in 2024. Between mobile gaming, live service, and fulfilling the longtime demand for a Japanese Assassin’s Creed entry, the studio seems to have the potential to redeem itself after many years of lukewarm titles.

As a fan of the developer who didn’t find its more recent releases that interesting, Ubisoft in 2024 reminds me of the studio’s state in 2014. For context, the team launched Watch Dogs, Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Child of Light, and more that year.

I’m cautiously optimistic that it will have delivered similarly enjoyable and high-quality games again by the end of 2024.

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