Ubisoft has officially lifted the veil on Assassin’s CreedSyndicate today, while also admitting their flaws with Assassin’s Creed Unity.
Set in London 1868, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate brings the franchise into the Industrial Revolution. London looks grimy, though similarities can be seen between London and Paris in Unity. London will have seven boroughs to explore, and according to IGN‘s Livestream event, the world will be 30 percent larger than Assassin’s Creed Unity.
You follow the path of twin siblings Jacob and Evie Frye throughout the story of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Jacob is the brash, guns-blazing type, while Evie is the more calculating, thoughtful, meticulous of the two. Leaked yesterday, though not touched on in Ubisoft’s Syndicate reveal, Evie will be playable for a portion of the story, though it’s likely players will spend their time following the top-hat wearing Jacob around. According to Gamespot, more information on Evie in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be revealed this summer.
Traffic in London plays a role in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate much like the massive crowds played in Unity. Horse-drawn carriages litter the streets and players can board them to maneuver quickly (well, as quick as a horse-drawn carriage can move) around London’s busy streets. The gameplay video showed Jacob commandeering a carriage to chase down the leader of a rival, Templar-led gang.
Speaking of gangs, the idea of organized crime is actually how Syndicate gets its name. As Jacob and Evie Frye, you will lead an uprising using the lower-class as your army. Consolidating your power in the different London boroughs will be a major mechanic in the game, as you lead your Syndicate to take down the Templar-led upper class that is putting the lower-class workers down.
Combat is also different, giving players an up-close and personal view of street brawling. In fact, the team behind Assassin’s Creed Syndicate uses this to their advantage. No longer can you walk down the street carrying a sword. Knives, hidden blades, brass knuckles: these are your arsenal, giving players a gritty combat experience to match the gritty setting.
Ubisoft seemed to embrace and honestly apologize for the debacle that many deemed Assassin’s Creed Unity to be. They appeared contrite and willing to not let fans down again, thanking them for their support of the franchise so far. This is a great gesture from the publisher, giving some hope that Syndicate will not be released in the same state the last game was.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate will be released on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on October 23.
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