Ubisoft was not messing around when they said that they wanted to release at least one Assassin’s Creed title every year. And with all of time at their finger tips, it’s no wonder that they’ve been able to make good on their promise so far. Last year, we saw the release of the bug-tastic Assassin’s Creed: Unity and the last-gen AC: Rogue, and now we’ll be closing out the year with the newly announced Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate.
Kotaku previously revealed that Syndicate will feature two protagonists — brother and sister combo Jacob and Evie Frye, though it looks like Jacob is getting all the love in the early promo materials. After Ubisoft went through the ringer for their CEO’s comments regarding how difficult it was to animate female characters, it seems they’re trying to offer an olive branch in the form of “relentless Assassin” Evie.
It’s being reported that we’ll be able to play as Evie for about 25 percent of the storyline missions and switch freely between Jacob and Evie when exploring. The argument of “25 percent is better than zero” is a cop out, so I won’t even go there, but I’m looking forward to being able finally to navigate an AC world with a female assassin. The game seems to also be trying to diversify aside from Evie with numerous female villains, even including female thugs — you know the people the Assassins are frequently punching, kicking, and killing. You can see a bit of that in the gameplay trailer below, along with the game’s shift in fight-style.
The AC games fight-style have progressively gotten smoother and more fluid, and I think the new street fight-style that Jacob employs, along with the use of the classic hidden blades. I’m not too keen on the carriages (seems like a lot of innocent bystanders are gonna get run over), so I hope they employ the fast travel options they’ve had in previous games.
GameSpot’s preview of the game also reveals that Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens will appear in the game and that Syndicate will employ some sort of recruitment element similar to the one used in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag to recruit crew members or Assassin’s Creed III to recruit more assassins. This will likely be important for the gang fighting missions we say a little of in the gameplay trailer. The game will not feature multiplayer, either.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is set to release on October 23, 2015 for PS4 and Xbox One.
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