Before its release next week, Ubisoft gives gamers a glimpse of assassin Arbaaz Mir and his bag of tricks as he takes the battle to the Templars in Assassins Creed Chronicles: India.
What started as an oddball game chronicling the connection between a modern day man and his assassin ancestor through the usage of a mind-accessing machine has managed to parlay its success into one of the biggest game franchises in the world. In addition to the core series, publisher Ubisoft has recently branched Assassin’s off into a spin-off “Chronicles” series, which follows unique assassin’s in far off locales as they fight back against the insidious Templars. 2015’s Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China began the series with strong reviews, and now Ubisoft is looking to whisk gamers away to India.
The 2.5D Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India has been known about for some time, but Ubisoft is finally giving fans a tantalizing glimpse at what the game will bring to the assassin table. As the gameplay overview reveals, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India is set in colorful 19t h century India, smack-dab in the middle of Britain’s iron fisted rule over the country. Assassin Arbaaz Mir (who super fans may remember as the protagonist of the tie-in Assassin’s Creed: Brahman comic) finds himself pitted against the most powerful country in the world, as he works to save his family and recover stolen Brotherhood artifacts.
The new trailer highlights Mir’s mixture of new abilities and weapons, showing a character that looks quite different from previous Assassin’s Creed stars. Mir will be capable of jumping from shadow to shadow, and he also possesses the ability to sneak his way past enemies by utilizing disguises. Mir also comes equipped with a rope dart that can be used to reach higher levels and pull enemies to their doom, and a noise dart that will serve as a useful distraction when sneaking.
Additionally, the trailer emphasizes Mir’s fluid approach to assassination, showing the character striking from the shadows and escaping unseen all without breaking stride. Nir’s unique spin on the hidden blade, dubbed the “Trident Blade,” allows the assassin to strike swiftly and silently, but can be put to work to dispatch enemies face-to-face should Nir need to tussle.
With Assassin’s Creed core franchise potentially skipping 2016 to avoid franchise fatigue, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India seems to be gearing up to be a must-play game for Assassin’s Creed fans. It remains to be seen if India’s January 12th digital release will bring with it a tight, polished game a la the recently released Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, or if the game will prove to be a buggy, bothersome mess similar to 2014’s disastrous Assassin’s Creed Unity. In any case, gamers will find out next week what kind of game Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India proves to be.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India releases digitally on January 12 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.