While exclusive games are nice for console makers, sometimes that’s not possible, as developers want to make their games available to every platform. However, sometimes console makers like Sony and Microsoft are able to provide a timed exclusive for a game, or console exclusive missions and additions in an effort to promote their platform above another.
Such is the case with Ubisoft’s upcoming Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. During the Sony E3 presentation today, the PlayStation 4 maker announced that the new Assassin’s Creed game will come with a series of exclusive missions. These additional missions, dubbed the Dreadful Crimes, will set players up to investigate and solve a series of crimes based on the most well-known crime writer in history, who we can only assume is Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the famous Sherlock Holmes series.
While extra missions in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate won’t necessarily drive massive PlayStation 4 sales by themselves, when added together with exclusive games, timed exclusives, and other in-game exclusive additions, they have the power to drive gamers to one console over another. This is why console makers pay millions of dollars every year capturing the rights to these exclusives.
Aside from the exclusive missions in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Sony’s video showed off gameplay with Evie, the twin sister of protagonist Jacob Frye. Based on the gameplay in the video, it looks like Evie will have her own set of special skills and will focus heavily on stealth gameplay.
Players will have the opportunity to play as either Jacob or Evie in the Dreadful Crimes missions. While the missions will be the same, it’s likely the experience will be a little different for each, as the characters will have their own strengths, weaknesses, and skills that will guide their efforts through the missions.
As a quick side note, it’s nice to see female characters finding greater inclusion in games as strong, independent characters. With Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Dishonored 2, and Rise of the Tomb Raider all coming out in the next eight months, it looks like the next year will be a good one for female protagonists.
Sony didn’t provide any further information about how many missions will be included in the exclusive DLC for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, but if gaming history is any guide, it will likely include about two or three hours of additional content.
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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is set to release October 23, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.