Leading into today’s reveal and trailer for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, rumors indicated the possibility of a second, female playable character in the game. This led some to speculate that this year’s entry in the series would include a co-op mode similar to the one featured in last year’s game, Assassin’s Creed Unity.
Co-op was a new idea for Assassin’s Creed last year, but Ubisoft has ultimately decided not to move forward with a co-op mode in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. They are instead opting to have the game be entirely single-player, with one player controlling both playable protagonists. Furthermore, Syndicate is not featuring a multiplayer component at all, co-op or otherwise.
Since Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, the series has utilized multiplayer in some form every year. Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, has offered an explanation as to why Assassin’s Creed Syndicate won’t feature any multiplayer mode.
“[…] we want to spend all our time on making sure the single-player is excellent. And it’s coming along extremely well.”
Last year’s game, Assassin’s Creed Unity, was widely criticized for its glitches and technical issues. Guillemot’s comments seem to suggest that multiplayer and co-op were axed in favor of making sure that mistakes made with Assassin’s Creed Unity aren’t repeated with this year’s game. After all, Ubisoft has indeed said that they’ve learned from the mistakes made during the development of AC Unity. Hopefully the three-year development cycle combined with the developers not having to worry about incorporating multiplayer results in a more polished, higher quality Assassin’s Creed experience this year.
That being said, multiplayer has become an important part of the Assassin’s Creed formula, and Ubisoft will be returning to AC multiplayer in the future. Guillemot said that they know what they’re going to do with Assassin’s Creed multiplayer later on, but that they simply aren’t ready to make any statements. Perhaps multiplayer will return in inevitable 2016 entry in the franchise, or maybe even future DLC add-ons could incorporate multiplayer into Syndicate.
The bigger question is what future AC multiplayer will entail. Will it be similar to the versus multiplayer found in some of the earlier entries, or will co-op in the vein of Assassin’s Creed Unity make a more polished comeback? It’s also possible that future AC multiplayer could be something we have never even seen before.
In the meantime, Ubisoft has completely unveiled Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (read our extensive preview and check out the top 5 new features being added to the game), confirming its Victorian London setting and the inclusion of historical figures such as Charles Darwin, as well as the identities of the two main protagonists, Jacob and Evie Frye. Expect even more information on what is sure to be one of the year’s hottest games next month at E3, though we are still waiting for news on when exactly Ubisoft’s conference will take place.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will release October 23rd for PS4 and Xbox One. The game is also in development for PC, but the PC version will be coming a little bit later, in Q4 of 2015.