Ubisoft's Davide Soliani details the state of morale following the leak of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Coming from an MCVUK interview with Ubisoft's Davide Soliani...
“The leak did not impact the reveal, as we were taking our time to make sure the game was good and satisfying. For sure, the leak affected the morale of the team. After three years of silence and the commitment of the whole team, seeing the leak all over the internet was quite discouraging, but we kept our focus and we worked hard.
Finally, at E3, with the first real reveal of the game, we had a very good reaction from the audience. It was a big reward for the team. When I returned from E3, I returned to a completely different mood. The team was so proud of the general reaction and their individual contributions. They could not wait to keep working. The positive energy that players can create is something that can really drive teams to do their best.”
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PARIS — August 7, 2017 — Today, Ubisoft reveals its full lineup for gamescom, the world’s largest consumer video game event, which takes place from August 22–26 in Cologne, Germany. Visitors will be able to play hands-on demos of Assassin’s Creed® Origins, Far Cry® 5, Mario + Rabbids® Kingdom Battle, South Park™: The Fractured But Whole™ and The Crew® 2 as well as compete against each other in For Honor® and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege.
Fan activities will be planned throughout the week at the Ubisoft booth (located in Hall 6.1, booth B020), including stage performances for Just Dance® 2018 and exclusive presentations, news, demos, trailers and giveaways. Visitors will also be able to buy Ubicollectibles items, including new Six Collection Chibi figurines, at the dedicated Ubisoft store which will be located hall 5.2 booth c-011.
The Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Pro League Season 2 Finals will be held at the Alpha Stage ESL Arena in Hall 9 during gamescom. The semi-finals will take place on Friday, August 25, and the Season 2 finals will take place on Saturday, August 26. There will be broadcasts from 9:45 am to 8 pm CET, including matches, live showcases of new content, as well as developer and community panels.
Ubisoft will be rewarding some of its most dedicated fans, inviting 15 Star Players, chosen from Ubisoft Club members, to enjoy a VIP experience and the chance to meet and greet Ubisoft developers. In addition, anyone who plays games on the Ubisoft booth at Gamescom will receive exclusive in-game rewards for some Ubisoft titles and have the opportunity to spend time in the Ubisoft Lounge, located within the booth, for meet and greets, demos and discussions about games. For more on Ubisoft Club activities during gamescom, please visit twitter.com/ubisoftclub.
“We are very excited to be able to put our diverse lineup in players’ hands in Europe, following the great reception it received at E3 in June,” said Alain Corre, EMEA executive director. “More than 300 pods, the most we’ve ever had at gamescom, will be set up for players to enjoy our new games and share their feedback with us. And by showcasing new content and competitive play in For Honor and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, as well as the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Pro League Season 2 finals for the latter, we’re happy to reassure fans that these titles are here to stay!”
For more about Ubisoft at gamescom, visit ubisoft.com, youtube.com/ubisoft and blog.ubi.com.
Remember, these are just regular figurines, and not amiibo. They'll just sit on your shelf and stare at you. Just don't want anyone picking them up and being disappointed!
Coming from Ubisoft's Davide Soliani
“I cannot answer right now, but what I can tell you is that we are working hard to prepare a few surprises.”
There were no specifics given on what this content could be, but the response was given in relation to a question about potential DLC or post-game content.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Ubisoft on the age group they're aiming for, surprising Nintendo with the genre
A portion of a Videogamer interview with producer Xavier Manzanares...
On the age group Ubisoft is aiming for
‘The target is really large. To be very transparent, we don’t really differentiate between kids and adults. It’s more about whether you know this type of game or not, because sometimes kids are way better than adults,’
On Nintendo never seeing a game like this before
‘They’d never seen this type of game before. It was different to Advance Wars, Fire Emblem — it was even different to XCOM. So, it was a different take and approach [to the genre], and it was surprising. And for them, the Rabbids should be surprising. So, it fit what they wanted to see, and because we recreated Mario from scratch — we didn’t ask for anything from them before [creating] the prototype — they saw the passion we have for details, which is super important to Mr. Miyamoto and his team.’