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.

Ubisoft is Setting Sail for San Diego Comic Con

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.

Ubisoft is Setting Sail for San Diego Comic Con

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. Flashback HD will also be located at the Xbox Gaming Lounge. Get hands-on with the HD remake and experience the latest gameplay demo.

Splinter Cell fans will get a chance to experience Blacklist at the Machinima Gaming Lounge, located at the world famous Fluxx Club at 500 4th Avenue in Downtown San Diego. Get hands-on with the single-player, co-op and Spies vs Mercs. The Lounge will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 18 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 19 and 20. There will also be a cosplay photo booth so be sure to bring your op suit!

The Panels

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.

Ubisoft is Setting Sail for San Diego Comic Con

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.

the author

Anne Lewis began her career as an editor at PlayStation: The Official Magazine, where she worked under Gary Steinman. She can now be found skulking around the UbiBlog, once more working for Gary. Alas. When Anne isn’t writing about games, she's alphabetizing her comic book collection or shooting at stuff with a bow. Follow her on Twitter: @BDRAnneLewis

6 comments
David
David

Will the gameplay be up on youtube later this week?

Brad
Brad

Yeah, the ship is for ComicCon only. In reality she is the Star of India built in 1863. Don't break her, please.

Kona
Kona

I'm so getting on that ship.

Cassie
Cassie

Is pirate ship for SDCC badge holders only?

azazino
azazino

Any chance to have the panels live streamed?.

soulthief13
soulthief13

San Diego maritime museum. id say its very worth it