The Assassin’s Creed franchise has been a staple of modern gaming since 2007. After a leak of certain images from Kotaku, Ubisoft announced that Sony and Microsoft would be getting a new Assassin’s Creed game set during the French Revolution. In keeping with the general tradition of the series, the protagonist will likely explore this historic landscape and uncover the deadly secrets of the Assassin versus Templar struggle.
The trailer, available on YouTube, is a brief cinematic of a public execution, with crowds rallying around a guillotine with an assassin sporting the age old eagle hooded garb watching from atop a building. The guillotine comes down, and with the shing of a blade, the image cuts to a title screen saying “Assassin’s Creed: Unity.” The trailer is simply a teaser and offers only the setting and a brief glimpse of who the audience can assume is the main character. The trailer actually may bring back memories of that first cinematic trailer Ubisoft presented for the very first Assassin’s Creed game, where an eagle hooded protagonist watched a public execution from atop a building then proceeded to interfere. The end of the trailer also shows no support for the previous generation of consoles. This means the new Assassin’s Creed: Unity has only been confirmed for Sony’s Playstation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One and PC’s.
Sources say that there are rumors that Ubisoft may be working on a separate title for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, for those that haven’t made the jump to the current generation of consoles. Unfortunately, Nintendo players will have to envy their fellow Microsoft and Sony gamers, because it appears as though the Wii U will not be getting Assassin’s Creed: Unity.
The focus on the newer consoles means that players will see what Ubisoft can do with their game on the more capable platforms. The Assassin’s Creed franchise has always been focused on freedom to explore. While the skeleton of the games relies on parkour, tight combat and flashy assassination cinematics, each installment to the series adds something new. Some fans of the series have had some complaints about gameplay turning stale. In response Ubisoft tries very hard to bring new things to the game. Thinking about the progression from the first Assassin’s Creed, players have seen a variety of developments. A currency system, the ability to swim, new methods to scale buildings, sail ships, and even a highly innovative multiplayer mode have all been built upon what was accomplished in the first game. Sometimes these developments seem more gimmicky than truly advancing how the game is played, but each and every development has definitely shaped Assassin’s Creed into one of the most original game series on the market today. Very few video games can bring players the experience of sailing a ship, sword fighting with redcoats, climbing on top of buildings, purchasing and equipping new weapons, and building one’s character all in one game.
On top of this, Ubisoft has never been timid about the settings that they use for the Assassin’s Creed game series. Players have seen the Crusades, the Italian Renaissance, the Revolutionary War, the age of piracy and slave trade, and now they will get to experience the French Revolution through the eyes of the protagonist. Regardless of anyone’s opinion, getting to explore any of those settings is indisputably, unarguably, downright, and for lack of a more appropriate term: cool.
With the announcement of Assassin’s Creed: Unity, players can hopefully expect to hear from Ubisoft in the future about new gameplay and characters. It is likely that the new setting of the game will bring new interest to older fans of the series, who have lost some interest due to lack of change in gameplay and location. Ubisoft’s newest Assassin’s Creed game looks promising, and could possibly bring some great gameplay to Sony and Microsoft’s newest consoles soon.
Opinion by Michael Foster