June 12, 2014 3:00 pm
Updated: June 12, 2014 3:04 pm

Montreal game developers steal the show at E3 2014

This June 12, 2013 file photo shows attendees waiting in line for presentations on the video games, "Watch Dogs" and "Tom Clancy's The Division" at the Ubisoft booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

MONTREAL — The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) kicked off yesterday with press conferences from gaming’s most prominent developers and hardware manufacturers.

While Microsoft and Sony prepared for the next battle in the console war, game developers Electronic Arts and Ubisoft dazzled gamers with upcoming titles.

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Both companies had a strong line up of games, with the biggest titles being developed in Montreal.

Having recently released the record-breaking game Watch Dogs in May and three new triple-AAA titles, Ubisoft Montreal showed no signs of slowing down.

Here’s a quick run-down:

Far Cry 4: The hotly anticipated sequel to the number-one-rated shooter of 2012 was announced, boasting a new feature that gives game owners the option to play with friends – even if the friend does not own a copy of the game.

Assassins Creed Unity: Thrusts players into the French Revolution, where they find themselves in Paris playing as a young man named Arno, who, wounded by the loss of those he loved, sets on a deadly path of redemption.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege: Places players into intense, close-quarters tactical combat inspired by real-life, counter-terrorism situations where the first-person shooter aspires to add a new level of intensity and tactical game-play to the genre.

These highly anticipated games were met with high praise from fans around the world, many of whom took to Twitter to express their excitement.

When asked how Ubisoft Montreal was able to deliver so many high-quality games in such a short period of time, a spokesperson credited their 2,600 employees, telling Global News that the company worked like a well-oiled machine.

“After 17 years, we are now a well-oiled machine that is able to take creativity and innovation to the next level in an efficient manner,” Marie-Michelle Crevier explained.

However, Ubisoft wasn’t the only game developer making a splash at E3. Montreal-based Bioware announced the fourth instalment of the uber-popular Mass Effect series.

The Montreal studio has been tasked with developing the game after the previous three were developed at the Bioware’s Edmonton studio.

Watch the Mass Effect 4 teaser: 

Again Twitter was abuzz with excitement, as gamers expressed joy that their beloved franchise is returning.

So, what did I take from all this E3 business? What is the pinicle that I will forever remember looking back on E3 2014? …MASS EFFECT 4!!!

— Kurt Shepard (@DarkWolfDeltas) June 10, 2014

While Mass Effect is still in development and not much is known about the title to date, it is apparent that all eyes will be on Montreal studios this autumn and beyond.

Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry 4 are both slated for release in the fall, and the video game developer giants have gamers salivating over what’s to come in 2015.

E3 2014 will continue to dazzle gamers and techies alike until it wraps up on June 12.

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