The Assassin’s Creed series continues to be a force for Ubisoft, not only spawning a new game each year, but moving into different mediums as well such as books and even an upcoming movie. Still, with launch filled with bugs for last year’s effort and issues that continued to hound the game months after release, Ubisoft Quebec is keenly aware the uphill battle that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate may face with many fans this year.
The issues surrounding Assassin’s Creed Unity are well known to the company, highlighted and addressed head on during their announcement video for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate a few months back. Wanting To give fans a better look at the game and in an effort to be more transparent, Ubisoft has just released more open world gameplay which should give fans a better idea of what to expect once the game hits in October.
Originally appearing during a livestream yesterday, the footage has quickly been moved onto the official Ubisoft YouTube channel and gives fans a major look at the open world gameplay and traversal. The footage is confirmed to be running on a PlayStation 4 system and already the subtle improvements are starting to show even in this alpha build. Traversal seems to have been a big focus instead of simply climbing up the side of these buildings, players will now have the option to grapple up to the top, almost like a Victorian Age Batman. This technique can also be used to allow Jacob or Evie to cross large gaps between buildings.
Outside of showing off how players can now move around the world, the team showed off a wealth of other mechanics ranging from commandeering a horse and buggy (which also included a pretty wild high-speed cart chase), taking over rival gang territory, and the more brutal style of combat which seems to feature less swords and more hand to hand style fighting.
The map is also shown off quite a bit, revealing just how huge Victorian London is alongside of the different districts players will be able to navigate to. After climbing a massive building, the actual size of London can be seen with the streamers confirming that the boats along the Thames River will be moving in the final version of the game, giving the city a better “living world” feel to it.
In addition to trying to correct the mistakes of the past, Ubisoft has also committed to trying to create a stronger modern day narrative in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate which was almost entirely left out of Unity last year. While this aspect of the series has been controversial for gamers, the real struggle has been what to do with it after the events of Assassin’s Creed III. While details have been sparse, Ubisoft has promised to feature more modern day segments within Syndicate and include a number of familiar faces as well.
With a few more months between now and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate‘s release, fans should expect a lot more moments like this from Ubisoft.
What do you think of the gameplay footage? Has it changed your mind at all about the product?
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate launches for PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 23, 2015 with the PC version releasing later.