2. Ubisoft’s Academy of Champions: Brawler
Who’s the smoother stealth killer: Ezio Auditore or Sam Fischer? How could the Ghost Recon soldiers possibly combat an army of aggravated Rabbids? Which lovable, rotund sidekick would win in a fistfight: Peyj or Globox? These questions and more would all be answered in a crossover from the first-class French developer. Though it has plenty of top-notch shooters, action adventures, and platformers under its big-budget belt, Ubisoft has yet to dip a pinky toe into the raging waters of the fighting game pool. Perhaps creating a branded four-player brawl is just what Ubisoft needs to make the bold statement that its on the same level as publishing giants like Nintendo and Sony.
As PlayStation All-Stars did with Metal Gear Rising and DmC, Ubisoft could use this opportunity to supercharge hype for its upcoming games. We’re picturing the inclusion of an ever-shifting urban stage tied to Watch Dogs, a Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes battlefield, or Jade as a playable pugilist in her (dare we hope?) Beyond Good and Evil 2 incarnation. If, for marketing reasons, Ubisoft has to include the Just Dance, Imagine, or Petz brands, it can relegate their cameos to throwaway items.