It’s that time of year again! San Diego Comic Con is returning for its 45th year. This year will be a particularly special one because it’ll also be the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance. As exciting as that is, what I’m most excited about are the video games that will be presented.
First on my list is Assassin’s Creed. Ubisoft has gotten a lot of backlash for the lack of female lead assassins since the beginning of the series. Perhaps the “Beyond Clichés” panel about the creation of female characters will help them out. Nevertheless, the fifth installation of the Assassin’s Creed series definitely has my eye for this year’s con. Ubisoft has done an excellent job in staying true to historical facts and events within the series and Unity, I expect, should be no different. My hope is that Ubisoft will show actual gameplay in the panel rather just a cinematic that enhances the visual graphics and maybe have a demo available in the games section at the convention center. It would also be interesting to learn how the co-op will work, whether it will be in game or an extra, like in AC4. The player customization is also a new feature that Ubisoft has implemented and I’d like to see how flexible the customization will be. That being said, there will also be an Assassin’s Creed experience obstacle course at the con which should be very exciting (It even has a 25-foot Leap of Faith!). I’ll definitely be lining up for that.
Ever since Far Cry 3, the Far Cry series has definitely caught my attention especially with its DLC of Blood Dragon that experimented with a totally new story and 1980s gaming art style that was just plain fun to play. Now with the next installation of Far Cry 4, we experience a new story with what seems to be looking like similar gameplay. Again, the hope is that Ubisoft will either release some in game footage or a game demo for participants to try out. Maybe even both? There is also an expected DLC already for the new addition to the series and it’s expected that the panel will reveal some more information about it. I don’t expect some gameplay footage or demo for it but if there is, then that would be a very nice gesture from Ubisoft. On the Comic Con’s description for the Far Cry 4 panel, there is mention of a panelist winner who will be the first to play a video game on Mount Everest. It’s definitely as it sounds but it’ll be interesting how it will work seeing as there will be lots of training to just be at such a high altitude. Although Far Cry is not at the top of my list, it’s something I’d definitely keep an eye out for.
After the very successful launch of the first Dead Island, Deep Silver has expanded its zombie infested world creating a sequel (Dead Island 2) as well as a third off-game, Escape Dead Island. Deep Silver promised a whole new storyline and gameplay for each of these that will be unlike the original. Since the change of developers from Techland to Yager, it will be interesting to see how big of a change the gameplay and style will be. Games switching developers have seen its fair share of ups and downs. One of the big things I’ll be looking out for is how similar the game style will be compared to the first Dead Island. One of the great things about Batman: Arkham Origins was I didn’t have to relearn a whole new fighting system, instead I could just pick up the game and continue playing as if it really was a part of the Batman: Arkham series. Hopefully, Dead Island 2 will be similar. As for Escape Dead Island, it’s been said it will be a completely different game style. From descriptions and trailers, it feels like a prequel to the original Dead Island and instead of just trying to survive you’re solving the mystery of Dead Island as well. The artwork in Escape Dead Island looks very similar to the style of Telltale games. It will be interesting to see how the audience will react to the difference in artwork, but it looks amazing. I’ll be interested in seeing how the Dead Island franchise continues on and whether or not it will continue to remain as successful, if not more, than the first one.