If you've missed the last few months of gaming news in the renaissance-assassination genre, then you should know that the odds are fairly good over at Ubisoft headquarters that there are two words written on every whiteboard available: "cool" and "badass." The upcoming multiplayer modes in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood shown in the newest trailer seem to encapsulate both adjectives rather nicely.
With the first two installments in the Assassin's Creed series, the advertising surrounding the games focused more on the size of the game world Ubisoft had created and the inventive new ways to dispatch targets. But for Brotherhood, Ubisoft seems to be promising an experience that fans of the series have yet to feel.
With the PlayStation 3 multiplayer beta officially starting Oct. 4th (although the beta is currently available for PSN Plus subscribers in PAL countries and those who pre-ordered through GameStop), this newly released trailer shows some of the available game modes, which are definitely new territory for the series:
The footage is impressive, but the trailer ultimately raises more questions than it answers. The first game mode shown is "Wanted" and is described as "every man for himself." It is essentially a constant rush to assassinate your targets, and escape other players trying to assassinate you. The next game mode, "Alliance" is our first look at a game mode slightly different than others we've seen previously. This mode features co-op, with different pairs of players working together. It's essentially the same as "Wanted" with a partner added to take out both in the target pair. Nonetheless, it's nice to see a game mode live up to the name "brotherhood," even if it does quickly return to players to just taking each other out. Still unclear is just how many other variations are yet to come, but it seems like Ubisoft is attempting to try something a little different than what we have seen in past multiplayer games.
Ubisoft's other trailer showing off the improvements to gameplay illustrates that the company has been busy thinking of new ways to expand the areas in which it already has had success. We can only hope that will translate to the multiplayer aspect of the game as well. I personally haven't been that excited for the multiplayer part of Brotherhood, but after watching the trailer and imagining a player-controlled character chase me across rooftops, I feel that these multiplayer modes may offer one heck of an adrenaline rush. I just hope the modes shown are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gameplay.
I'm curious to know if I'm one of the minority who isn't completely sold on a multiplayer version of Assassin's Creed, or if you share my doubts surrounding first-player epics being taken into the multiplayer arena. If you're lucky enough to be included in the beta, let us know your thoughts. Otherwise, you'll have to wait to get your hands on Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood when it's released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 16th, 2010, and on the PC in Q1 2011.