Assassin’s Creed: Unity will reportedly set a record within the franchise thanks to Ubisoft’s decision to include a four-player “narrative” co-operative mode. According to former NeoGAF poster shinobi602, the developer is planning to introduce two demos for Unity during this June’s E3; one for the single-player mode and the other for the version which allows up to four players to enjoy the newest sequel. The Escapist obtained a confirmation from an insider who wished to remain anonymous.
It appears that Assassin’s Creed: Unity, will set a record within the franchise thanks to its four-player “narrative” co-operative mode, which is rumored to be presented during E3. The Escapist verified the information and reached the conclusion that there will be two separate demos introduced at E3, but they could be shown at different press conferences. According to the same publication, one demo could be presented during Ubisoft’s presser and the other might be part of Sony’s PlayStation press conference. Although E3’s program could change, fans should expect to see Assassin’s Creed: Unity four-player co-operative mode during the event.
The four-player co-operative mode is a first for the series and, although information regarding Ubisoft’s plans with the franchise’s sequel is scarce, it is known that there will be a “separate narrative.” The first Assassin’s Creed that introduced multiplayer was Brotherhood, but even though subsequent games have been using this mode, they primarily set players against each other. The third sequel also contained a distinct mode named Wolfpack, but there was not an actual narrative, since it represented a training program in the Animi which was mainly used to instruct the Templar’s skills. Shinobi602 emphasized the fact that Assassin’s Creed: Unity will set a record within the franchise, thanks to its decision to give the four-player co-operative mode its own narrative. Based on the information known so far, it could mean that Ubisoft might reiterate Far Cry 3’s pattern, namely a co-operative campaign, four characters and a different story from the single-player mode.
Having four playable characters working together at the same time fits Assassin’s Creed, since the franchise’s Templars and Assassins are part of large organizations and join forces in order to accomplish missions. Since the series’ game have focused solely on training up Assassin recruits, Unity could represent a breath of fresh air thanks to its unique gameplay. The French Revolution, which characterizes the latest Assassin’s Creed game is strongly influenced by the idea of brotherhood and co-operation, so the four-player co-operative game mode could be a perfect fit.
Staying True to “old Gen” consoles
Speaking to EDGE magazine, Lionel Raynaud, Ubisoft vice president of creative assured fans that the developer will not leave Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 development behind. On the contrary, Raynaud stated that there will be games for both consoles “this year and probably the years after.” At the same time, the vice president of creative said that Ubisoft will produce Assassin’s Creed for as long as fans ask for it, so the challenge is not to keep the franchise alive, but to “to create something that will never disappoint.”
Until E3 opens its gates in June 2014 and demos are released, it has been confirmed that Assassin’s Creed: Unity will set a record within the franchise, thanks to its new four-player “narrative” co-operative mode.
By Gabriela Motroc