Ubisoft has announced the next installation in the Assassin’s Creed franchise: Assassin’s Creed Unity. Unity, a direct successor to 2013’s Black Flag, will release on October 28th (this year, don’t worry). Unity will be set during the French Revolution in the year 1789, at the height of the Terror. Ubisoft has emphasized a re-imagining of the franchise’s core gameplay pillars: navigation, combat, and stealth. Actually stealth has often been a secondary/non-exist mechanic in my playthroughs, but a new “stealth mode” is promised to help beef up the playstyle. A richer combat system is also promised, along with new cover mechanics and crowd manipulation techniques.
There also seems to be a bit more rpg splicing going on, and players will be “customizing weapons, equipment, outfits and specialized skills to match their play style.” That’s pretty nifty in its own right, but it’s super nifty in light of the four player co-op missions. Pre-purchasers will get access to a special mission “The Chemical Revolution” where they rescue Antoine Lavoisier, founder of modern chemistry, pioneering such concepts as combustion, the conservation of mass, and apparently a “poison bomb formula.” Truly a giant of his era. They also get to access to the Ubisoft “Guillotine Spin to Win Game” where they can spin a wheel for fabulous prizes on the Ubisoft site.
The extra mission will undoubtedly get rolled out as DLC after a while, and the “Guillotine Spin to Win Game” is ridiculous nearly to the point of being offensive. They’ve also commissioned an irresponsibly authentic recreation of protagonist Arno’s “Phantom Blade”, featuring a “functional hidden blade, retractable crossbow arms, and a soft firing dart” (which can presumably be replaced with a hard firing dart…). Video games may not cause violence, but dammit they’re trying.
Pre-purchase hootnanny aside, it sounds like there’s some really cool stuff here. Revolutionary Paris is just about exactly where I want to scurry across; looking tres chic in my mauve assassin robes, I may even saunter down the Champs-Elysees and toss a few poison bombs among those darling cafes. I may even do it avec mes amis.