Gamescom is turning out to be quite an extravaganza this year. The annual expo, held in Cologne Germany, will feature conferences by major publishers such as Activision Blizzard, as well as offer attendees the chance to get their hands on the PS4 and Xbox One. This morning, Ubisoft put out a press release detailing their plans for the event, which surprisingly included the announcement that a brand new IP is in the works for next-gen consoles and will be unveiled during gamescom.
In addition to bringing all of their upcoming and highly anticipated titles, “Ubisoft also plans to share details on a new next-gen IP currently in development during the show.” Early reports suggested that the team potentially had some Far Cry-related news to share, but this post would indicate whatever the publisher has in store is an entirely original game. Discussing the team’s enthusiasm for gamescom, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot added that “Gamescom is a unique opportunity for us to connect face-to-face with our fans and listen to their feedback, and we think they’ll love what we’re bringing to this year’s show.”
Aside from hearing about the new IP, folks attending gamescome will be able to get their hands on the next-gen builds of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch_Dogs, as well as Splinter Cell: Blacklist and a variety of upcoming Might & Magic games. Gamescom is scheduled to take place at the Cologne Exhibition Center and is open to media and trade visitors on August 21, then open to general badge holders from August 22-25.
I have absolutely no clue what Ubisoft has in store as far as new IP is concerned, but current speculation is that it has something to do with Project Light, Ubisoft Montreal creative director Patrick Plourde’s experimental project. Perhaps the project will finally get a proper name and be revealed as a new IP. Whatever gets announced, considering Ubisoft’s recent statements about creating original games, you can bet the new title is only the first entry in a brand new franchise.
Do you folks have any guesses as to what Ubisoft is planning? What would you like to see in an original next-gen property? Should it take advantage of the new consoles’ social capabilities and focus on multiplayer, or would you prefer Ubisoft make a more single-player focused title? Tell us what you think in the comments section, and don’t forget to like IGXPro on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or give us the ‘ol +1 on Google+. If you can’t get enough of my shenanigans, (who could blame you?) you can check me out @GamingsNirvana, or add +VinnyParisi to your circles.