Ubisoft’s E3 show got weird again

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Aisha Tyler, a Queen dance number, Matt Stone and Trey Parker cursing it up, LeVar Burton, Karl Urban, and Jeri Ryan controlling VR puppets on a computerized Star Trek bridge, Frank Marshall doing his darnedest to plug the Assassin’s Creed movie. This must be the 2016 Ubisoft E3 show!

Just Dance 2017 gave us an amazingly odd musical act to kick off the show. Ubisoft showed off some cooperative gameplay from Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands that made the infamous The Division scripted trailer look positively spontaneous. Check your six! South Park: The Fractured But Whole revealed new powers and improved tactical battles. The Survival expansion for Tom Clancy’s The Division was revealed with a trailer that made it seem like everyone’s efforts in New York have not resulted in a better tomorrow. There was a VR capture-the-flag match in Eagle Flight. The host of Reading Rainbow, Judge Dredd, and Ronnie from Boston Public donned VR helmets and played Star Trek: Bridge Crew. For Honor showed how vikings, knights, and samurai square off against one another. A Watch Dogs 2 gameplay sequence revealed just how Ubisoft could make a sidekick character even more annoying.

Finally, Ubisoft premiered a brand new franchise with Steep, an extreme snow sports game set in the Alps. Take one part The Crew, one part SSX, and one part GoPro commercial and you’ve got the idea.