Ubisoft has announced their SDCC plans – and they’re huge. As in pirate ship huge. To support the next Assassin’s Creed game they’re bringing the Jackdaw to the convention center, which will be docked at the 5th Avenue Landing. Todd McFarlane will be on board on the 19th from 4-7PM signing an exclusive Assassin’s Creed and showcasing McFarlane Toys’ latest Assassin’s Creed figures and statues. For all the details on Ubisoft’s SDCC plans, keep reading after the jump!
San Diego Comic Con 2013 is right around the corner, and Ubisoft will be there with a jam-packed lineup, including Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Rayman Legends and South Park: The Stick of Truth. Along with a full show-floor presence, Ubisoft also has four panels (details below). But the highlight of Comic Con might just be Black Flag’s infamous ship itself, the Jackdaw.
Docked at the 5th Avenue Landing behind the San Diego Convention Center, the ship’s three expansive levels will be open to the public on July 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On board, attendees will experience a new single-player demo and get hands-on time with the multiplayer and Game Lab. Legendary artist Todd McFarlane will be on the Jackdaw on July 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and July 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. signing an exclusive Assassin’s Creed poster and showing off the new McFarlane Toys’ Assassin’s Creed figure line and resin statue. Fans can also receive inflatable cutlass swords, art booklets from Titan, prizes and more. Also located on the Jackdaw will be a live weapon demonstration from noted pirate weapon historian Mike Loades.
Gamers who pre-order Black Flag will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last. When it’s time to debark the Jackdaw, head to the San Diego Civic Center on July 20 for a free concert, brought to you by Amazon Video Games and Assassin’s Creed. The concert will be open to all – no Comic Con badge necessary.
Inside the Convention Center players will find themselves in a fully connected recreation of Chicago at the Ubisoft booth (#135) from July 18 to 21 in the Exhibition hall. Visitors will have access to never-before-released footage of the game. Fans who preorder Watch Dogs from Amazon.com will receive an exclusive free t-shirt while supplies last.
Rayman Legends will be available to check out at the GameSpot booth in the Exhibition hall. If you are unable to attend Comic Con you can still experience Rayman Legends at the Xbox Gaming Lounge, located at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel at 1 Market Place or the Nintendo Gaming Lounge at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina at 333 W Harbor Drive.
The Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag panel will be on July 19 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in room 6BCF. It will feature a live demo and a Q&A with the current series torchbearers including Black Flag writer Darby McDevitt, comic book writer Brenden Fletcher and Todd McFarlane.
For more information on Watch Dogs and an in-depth look at just how realistic protagonist Aiden Pearce’s abilities are, check out the Watch Dogs panel on July 20 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in room 23ABC. The very talented Aisha Tyler – recently revealed as a non-playable character (NPC) in the game – will host, and panelists will include security consultants from Kaspersky Lab to talk about just how secure we really are in a hyper-connected world. Lead Story Designer Kevin Shortt will unveil exclusive footage of the game and discuss what it’s like writing for a next-gen game.
On July 18 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the creators of South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, will be hosting a panel to discuss the upcoming South Park: The Stick of Truth, their vision for an interactive South Park Adventure, creating The Stick of Truth and much more. Heads up, this probably won’t be very kid-friendly.
Finally, on July 19 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room 23ABC Ubisoft Toronto’s Creative Director Maxime Béland, Game Director Patrick Redding and Art Director Scott Lee will provide an in-depth look at Splinter Cell Blacklist. Details on the companion comic, Splinter Cell Echoes, will also be provided by comic writer Nathan Edmondson.