With the new year comes the inevitable release of a new Assassin’s Creed title. Yes, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China debuted last month, and could certainly fulfill Ubisoft’s yearly quota, but it’s not considered to be an entry in the main series of games. In 2015, that particular honor will go to Assassin’s Creed: Victory, which was prematurely announced to the world last year near the release of its soon to be predecessor, Assassin’s Creed: Unity.
But not all AC games are given the same treatment when it comes to their announcements, though the act of being leaked early isn’t a foreign concept to the franchise. No, this time around, Ubisoft will reveal the next Assassin’s Creed via a special livestream next Tuesday. In a fair and just world, May 12, 2015 would be the day we learn of the game’s official title and other details, but we’re not there, and Ubisoft will once again have to move forward with their plans slightly spoiled.
Hopefully no one out there got too attached to the ‘Victory’ subtitle, because the game has since been renamed to Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate.
According to marketing material sent to Polygon – presumably sent out in preparation for next week’s event – Syndicate will “transport millions of gamers to an astonishing recreation of London during the Industrial Revolution where they will find themselves immersed in a game world they’ll have to see to believe.” But, as said before, Syndicate/Victory was leaked last year, so the London location has been known of for quite some time.
Players will also allegendly be introduced to new protagonist Jacob Frye (another piece of info taken before Ubisoft could officially share it), who is more than likely the person seen in the teaser trailer wielding the signature hidden blade, and brass-knuckle/decorative cane combo.
A similar brass-knuckle can be seen on the US version of the Assassin’s Creed website, which also includes a few interesting background details. Chief among them being the ‘ROOKS’ and eagle carved into the wood, as well as what sounds like people conversing, plates moving, and a church bell. Perhaps they’re in some kind of bar or other local gathering?
Everything will become clear (or clearer) come next Tuesday when the world premiere kicks off at 9am PDT (12 EST). The series’ last major outing, Assassin’s Creed Unity, did more harm than good, so it’s understandable if people go into this thing with lowered expectations. We’ll have to wait and see what Syndicate has to offer if it hopes to distance itself from the negativity surrounding the series lately.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is expected to release this year for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.