'Assassin's Creed Unity' Throws In Another Time Travel Setting For Paris

Ubisoft released an intriguing new trailer for Assassin's Creed Unity for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC Thursday. The latest in the series appears to introduce a new time-travel element that will fling your assassin from the Paris circa the French Revolution to World War II.

Despite the release of the trailer, Ubisoft is doing little to explain exactly what is going on. Here's the description that was posted on the Ubi Blog.

All of Paris is your playground in Assassin's Creed Unity. All of it. We can't tell you exactly what you're seeing in the trailer … (we want to leave you with some big surprises), but we can tell you it's going to blow your mind. Get your first look at Unity's time anomaly, a brand new feature in the Assassin's Creed universe.

In the Unity trailer, we see Paris suddenly begin changing with a reminder that you are only playing in a simulation. For whatever, reason the modern day character is being told that the French Revolution simulation is collapsing.

The player is then thrust into an all new Parisian setting, one that is torn apart by war. The surprise reveal is that the player is climbing the Eiffel Tower during World War II when the Nazi occupied France.

How can we confirm that this is Paris during World War II? The giant 'V' on the Eiffel Tower in the trailer was placed there by the occupying Nazi forces as seen in the photo below from The Memorial Museum in Caen, France. It was a symbol of the Vichy Regime that controlled the country between 1940 and 1942.

Eiffel Tower during World War II
The Eiffel Tower during Nazi occupation in World War II.

Assassin's Creed just provided a history lesson through time travel? Yes, it pretty much did. That's been one of the staples of the series since it was first introduced. Granted, it's slightly skewed history and not completely accurate, but it does serve a purpose to get players interested in history.

Now the question is what is with the lightning and weird event that is going on above the Eiffel Tower in the video?

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC owners will be able to get their hands on Assassin's Creed Unity on November 11. This is after a delay that pushed the game out from October for extra polish. Unfortunately, that means it will be released at the same time as Asssassin's Creed: Rogue for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The two Ubisoft published games aren't quite in full competition with each other, but they are close.

What do you think of the introduction of the time anomaly in Assassin's Creed Unity? Sound off in the comments below.

[Images via Ubisoft, The Second World War]