Today, Ubisoft Quebec (in collaboration with eight other Ubisoft studios) have announced Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is an epic single player experience set in London during the height of the Industrial Revolution, an incredible age of invention that transforms the lives of millions. The freshly announced, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (not Victory as many of us thought) is to retain the Victorian era London setting, this time giving focus to the building and shaping of the gangs amidst London’s underbelly at a time when the disparity between the rich and poor was enormous (cue political outburst).
We saw pre-alpha footage of the game in action and it looks pretty damn sweet. The grimy, gritty, industrial-revolution-fueled, smog-filled streets of Victorian London is a great aesthetic in which to tell the latest Creed story. A story that Ubisoft Quebec hopes will pull the franchise forward and begin the much needed modernisation of the series.
Though the footage only shows new protagonist Jacob, we know that the game is actually planning to have us play as two protagonists, twins in fact. Players will assume the roles of both Jacob and twin sister, Evie, at various points in the game. However, at the moment, we’re still waiting for more details about Evie and indeed how the player-switching mechanic will actually function. Whether it will be the on-the-fly switching of GTA V or a more traditional ‘select character for this mission’ approach is yet to be seen, but we are given to understand that character’s will both be playable through a single narrative.
See pre-alpha footage below:
Speaking of single, it has also been confirmed that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will ship as a single player experience only. No multi-player component is expected at this time. This is not necessarily a bad thing as the multi-player online game, though fun, has never really been a strong selling point for Assassin’s Creed.
There were new gameplay mechanics on show in the demo footage. We see Jacob employing a grapple hook to make a swift ascent away from the cobbled streets and up to the mossy roofing tiles above, in a move very reminiscent of Batman (again, no bad thing).
Story details have been fairly scant, but we do know that this is set to be a much darker tale than the happy-go-lucky Assassin’s Creed IV, but hopefully the interplay between the two protagonists should bring a touch of dark, sibling rivalry humour to the mix too. From what we’ve seen and heard, the game’s story will happen around the idea of developing gangs around various London boroughs. Exactly who will be involved or if our twin protagonists will have more than one affiliation is yet to be confirmed, but the setting couldn’t be more perfect for that kind of plot.
A cut-throat in a world of cut-throats.
If you believe in patterns, we are certainly due a top-quality Assassin’s Creed game. Much like Star trek, it seems the even numbered entries into the franchise are the superior ones – and taking Unity and Rogue as the joint 5th entries, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate would be the 6th.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be available worldwide on October 23 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The Windows PC version will be available this autumn.