2014 was a bad year for the video game industry. We're all aware of the (hilarious) Assassin's Creed Unity controversy, the Master Chief Collection's rampant server issues, and the generally lacklustre release for the PS4 and XBOX One consoles. 2015 is looking to turn all of that around, but there's one company that really needs this year to be a success for their reputation; Ubisoft.
From the Watch Dogs graphical downgrade, to The Crew's boring nature and server issues, 2014 saw a lot of mistakes for Ubisoft. But now with a bright future ahead of them, with [Tom Clancy's The Divison](tag:2684169) and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege, we hope to see 2015 turn around for the company. At the moment their presence is felt at GDC 2015, but it's a leak elsewhere that's giving them issues.
Ubisofts' Tom Clancy's The Division Pre-Alpha Leaks
As many of you may be aware, some footage of Tom Clancy's The Division running on the Xbox One was released during the week. The video has since been taken down, but thanks to certain factions out there we still have some pictures and gifs. The footage was pre-alpha, so naturally it doesn't look anything like what we saw at E3. But it seems that certain gamers have taken the opportunity to hit the company once more for its downgrading reputation.
Yes, Watch Dogs was not the game that we were promised. But then that title was so hyped up our expectations were that the game would cause our eyeballs to rupture. Naturally, the game was just fine (my god do I hate Aiden Pearce though). Now, I believe that people deserve a second chance, and perhaps Ubisoft has had too many of those, but jumping on pre-alpha footage because it doesn't look like an E3 demonstration isn't exactly fair.
Tom Clancy's The Division at GDC 2015
At the moment, Ubisoft are presenting at GDC 2015, and we hear that tomorrow may hold some nice surprises in store concerning The Division. I must say, I may be lending Ubisoft a bit too much credit that isn't exactly deserved. But the fact remains, we don't now what The Division looks like right now. The title could be exceptional, and until we get to see more, we really shouldn't be jumping the gun when it comes to attacking the company.
I had a serious amount of rants about Ubisoft last year, as we all did. We were in the middle of seeing nothing but awful content, and its hard to look at the stars when you're standing in the gutter (thank you Oscar Wilde). But the fact is I'm biased towards The Division and Rainbow Six: Siege, purely because I think they look fantastic!
Tom Clancy's The Division and Rainbow Six: Siege are sure to make an appearance at Ubisoft's E3 conference in 2015. It'll be really exciting for sure. But until that day, I'm going to hold off on analysing footage like we've seen above (though, that guy can roll pretty good).
So what are your thoughts on Ubisoft, Tom Clancy's The Division and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege gamers? Are you excited for what lies ahead for them all? Be sure to let us know in the comments!