My love of the Assassin’s Creed games is no secret. I’ve been a fan from the start, and the latest entry into the AC franchise is Assassin’s Creed Unity (ACU, or AC5). A leaked sneak peak at this game appeared a few months ago, but at this year’s E3, Ubisoft have gone all out on promoting the game. They released a brand new cinematic trailer (above), which, like all their AC trailers, is brilliant. Excellent music to accompany an excellent visual feast.
AC Unity is set during the French Revolution in Paris, 1789, when commoners starved in the streets whilst the aristocracy squandered the wealth of the nation. In the single player campaign, you play as the young nobleman Arno Dorian, a deadly assassin with loss in his past. A demo for the single player portion of the game can be seen below:
What’s so cool about this demo is how new and fresh it is. The movement and navigation through the city has been completely redone compared to previous AC titles. The number of NPCs seen on screen is huge, and they all have different personalities. The combat has been overhauled as well (no more taking on entire armies just by blocking and countering!), and there is a new stealth mechanic in the game. Paris itself looks absolutely stunning, and is apparently given in a near 1:1 scale. The seamless movement in and out of buildings is also very cool. As before, the main idea is to find important targets and assassinate them. How you go about that is up to you.
If you pay attention at the end, you’ll see three other assassins appear next to Arno after his successful assassination. This is where the brand new Co-op mode comes into effect in AC Unity. Below is another demo, detailing the Co-op aspect, where you can play with up to three friends:
Co-op mode looks awesome. With the overhauled combat and movement (detailed above), having four assassins is not going to make the game much easier! The group will have to work together to achieve their goal, as no single assassin can do it by himself. The inside of the palace looks stunning, and is in stark contrast to the littered streets and hungry mobs outside.
I’m really looking forward to AC Unity, as it’s going back to the roots of city exploring in AC 1 and 2, as well as overhauling key aspects of the game. IGN have a short video on the making of AC Unity, entitled “A New Beginning“, and as well as that, here are 9 things you need to know about the new AC.
Everybody wants to rule the world. Onwards!