I just finished watching the Ubidays 2008 Conference (Ubisoft's big press conference in Paris).
UPDATE: Apparently I came in mid-way through the presentation, so everything that I'm talking about below is based on seeing the presentation from the Raving Rabbids sled run demo to the end.
UPDATE 2: The final trailer was indeed for a new Beyond Good and Evil. The pig is Pey'j and that was Jade. So, I take back what I said about that trailer angering me. Now, it just has me excited and confused, which is generally how I go through life.
Three words: lame, boring, and confusing. And, I'm a fan of Ubisoft games.
The presentation went through upcoming games: a Raving Rabbids game which uses the WiiFit pad, a new snowboarding game, Shaun White Snowboarding, a trailer for Soul Caliber 4, and finished with a confusing statement from Ubi Pres., Yves Guillemot, who alluded to the fact that we'll all have 3D TVs soon and that Avatar, which was made with the help of James Cameron (Titanic), will be out mid-next year. Then, a confusing trailer was shown. At least that's what I think happened.
You see, that's what this conference did to me. It was a big WTF? And, I think the audience of reporters felt the same way.
First, there was the lamest host one could ever pick. A sort of British Ryan Seacrest (lameness built-in), but taller with dark hair, more annoying, and extremely unfunny.
Then there was the excruciatingly long Raving Rabbids demo, complete with, could it be?, an even more annoying co-host, and a dance demo that went ad nauseum. Seriously folks, who wants to look at other people dancing with WiiMotes raised in the air for longer than 30 seconds? Oh, and they ruined "Jungle Boogie" for me.
Up next we had the Shaun White Snowboarding trailer, which I'll admit, I liked. But, I like all snowboarding games, be it SSX, 1080, or Amped. What's going to be new or different in this game? Oooh, better graphics. Whatever.
The Soul Caliber 4 trailer may have excited some, but not me, as I'm not a fighting game fan and could really care less about it.
Finally, that weird trailer at the end did nothing but anger me. Don't waste my precious time and, all that time of your developers, coming up with a confusing and dull video of a pig inhaling his 50th and 51st flies. Unless this is a new Beyond Good and Evil, I'm not interested.
For more on the conference, go here