In a move everyone saw coming, Ubisoft pulled the curtains back & showed off the next entry in the History Simulator series. Coming later this year for curent consoles and PC a bit later, Assassins Creed:Syndicate takes the series to London in 1868 during (and the birthplace of) the Industrial Revolution. This is a time when steam power,ironmaking, and textiles made worker output increase and started humanity’s transition into the modern age. The story will be told via the eyes & actions of the Frye twins: Jacob & Evie, as they traverse the seedy london rooftops,alleys and generally not so safe locations. Ubisoft states describes Jacob as “more hot headed, brash and rebellious” and his sister Evie as “a relentless assassin & master of stealth”. Ubisoft Quebec seems to be borrowing a bit from Rockstar’s GTA playbook and implementing the ability to switch between either Frye. This is a whole new specific element that could change up the rather stagnant method of control seen in game of past. The only limitation acknowledged is that the character being used can change for narrative reasons.
Similar to how Leonardo Da Vinci aided Ezio, you too will receive help from well known londoners, such as Charles Dickens and Charles Darwin. These scientific and literary individuals will be your allies as you fight back alongside the oppressed that will look to you to lead an uprising that will bring the templars to light. It has been confirmed that the game will be single player only with no multiplayer component, and london will be made up of 6 areas: Westminster, the Strand, the City of London, Whitechapel, Southwark, and Lambeth, with The Thames serving as access to & from these locations. The map in Syndicate has been described as being 30% larger than that of Assassin’s Creed:Unity.
My thoughts: I hope Ubisoft learned from their mistake that was Unity‘s launch and makes sure the game is free of bugs and graphical shenanigans. Fans of the series have made it known that they would like to see the series move farther east at some point (feudal japan?) and with a female assassin (I know AC:Chronicles China does but it’s not a full fledged AC title) but I hope they make our visit to 20th century London a fun one.This being the first entry of the series by their Quebec studios could be the breath of fresh air the franchise needs, & hopefully they wont have retailer exclusive pants again. Enjoy the trailer!
& some gamplay!