When Ubisoft first unveiled gameplay for Assassin's Creed Unity they focused on the game's new cooperative elements. In these new experiences, players can group with up to four friends and tackle special missions like assassinating targets or stealing artifacts.
In the latest gameplay footage for AC Unity, Ubisoft Creative Director Alex Amancio provides a narrates a walkthrough for one of those theft missions, which the development team is calling cooperative heists. As readers can see in the video above, co-op heists task groups of assassins with infiltrating a dynamic locale, stealing a valuable item, and then getting out.
Amancio explains that each of these cooperative heist missions is dynamic and ever changing. Each time a group of players trigger a heist they will not know the layout of the guards or the location of the artifact, which should encourage replayability.
By and large, though, the Assassin's Creed Unity co-op heist hits a lot of similar notes to the main campaign. There are communal abilities that players can use while grouped together, like sensing out guards from greater distances and behind cover, but this is still the sneaky-sneaky stabby-stabby experience that gamers know and love. Granted, that's not necessarily a bad thing, but worth pointing out nonetheless.
However, since each heist mission is different – in terms of item and guard placement – there is reason to go back again and again to grind out some cash or skill points. As Amancio explains, money and skill points will help players customize their version of Arno. Arno is, of course, the protagonist of Assassin's Creed Unity and the character each online player will see in either solo or cooperative missions. It gets a little confusing when you consider there are actually several Arnos running around, but there's no better way to show off your sweet sweet loot.
Despite a two-week delay, Assassin's Creed Unity still ranks very high on our list of most anticipated fall releases. What Ubisoft has been able to do with these next-gen systems not only impresses from a visual perspective but also with gameplay. This is, for all intents and purposes, a major evolution for the franchise, and a lot is riding on the success of this game. We can't wait to see, and eventually play, more.
What do you think of the cooperative heist mission in Assassin's Creed Unity? What other types of co-op experiences would you like to see?
Assassin's Creed Unity releases November 11, 2014 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.