Yesterday, Ubisoft announced the latest addition in the Assassin’s Creed series. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will take players to London in the middle of the Industrial Revolution, where the rich continued to get richer as many poor and working class people were flung into poverty. Our two playable protagonists, Jacob and Evie Frye, are twins who aim to put a stop to this and help the working class.
They’ll do this by liberating the seven boroughs of London, with each borough being run by a Templar gang that must be defeated. As the above gameplay video shows, it will be difficult for the Frye twins to take down these gangs, as they will usually be outnumbered. It will take smart planning from players to sneak around undetected (including removing hats to go into stealth mode) and get close to the gang’s leader. Taking the leader down will instigate a full gang-on-gang battle as the two groups fight for control of the borough.
Jacob and Evie will fight these enemies in different ways, though. Ubisoft has said that Evie will be more calculated and is much more focused on stealth and sneaking about, while Jacob will be more brash and bold and will take down enemies by brawling and fighting with them at close quarters.
At Jacob’s disposal are a pair of brass knuckles, a compact revolver, a gentleman’s cane sword, a kukri knife (a curved blade from Nepal which looks similar to a machete) and the hidden blade which makes a return from past AC games. Most of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate‘s weapons are close range, allowing for them to be hidden quickly and away from the eyes of Metropolitan police officers.
There are a couple of ranged attacks, however, with throwing knives and darts returning too. Throwing knives have always been effective at killing people from a distance but Assassin’s Creed Syndicate players will also be able to use the environment to their advantage; in the gameplay video Jacob throws knives at a stack of barrels which then crash down onto an enemy’s head. The darts, on the other hand, are covered in a hallucinogenic agent which will make enemies go mad and attack each other. Poison darts in other AC games have allowed players to do that, but it’s unclear if the darts in Syndicate will automatically kill the infected enemy once the agent has worn off, as was the case before.
New to Assassin’s Creed Syndicate are carriage combat and the rope launcher. While the Assassin’s Creed series has featured horse and carriages before, London is so big that Syndicate players will be spending more time in them than in previous games. There will be high-speed carriage chases as enemies try to ram the player off the road and they, in turn, will also be able to use carriages as a hiding place.
Jacob’s rope launcher on the other hand, will allow him to free-run a lot faster; he can shoot it at rooftops for a quick lift or he can use it as a zip-wire. However, there are some concerns from players that this feature will make free-running less entertaining, as Assassin’s Creed Unity went to great lengths to make free-running more fluid.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about Assassin’s Creed Syndicate but we can expect info about the game at E3 in June.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 23, 2015.