While games conferences are ultimately about showing off genuine gameplay for the next year’s biggest titles, Gamescom has been a gold mine for exciting trailers. With a new expansion being teased for World of Warcraft and Destiny: The Taken King‘s first real Oryx cinematic being released this week, there has been no shortage of footage to tantalize fans.
All told, it really seems like developers have embraced story-telling in their video game trailers this year, and not to be outdone, the team behind Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has decided to throw their Victorian top hat into the ring.
During Gamescom this week, Ubisoft unveiled a new trailer for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and gave viewers a little glimpse into what drives twin protagonists Jacob and Evie Frye. While the trailer is mostly cinematic and doesn’t display many of the new game mechanics that Ubisoft is hoping revitalize the franchise, it does do a good job of illustrating the differences between our sibling heroes. Jacob’s speech is more emotional, and he’s often shown surrounded by enemies in the middle of the day. Evie is more restrained but still just as threatening, and most of her action (in the trailer, at least) takes place within the shadows.
The Assassin’s Creed Syndicate trailer also details some of the reasons Ubisoft chose to set the game within London as it becomes more industrialized. Players will have the chance to fight enemies in scenes reminiscent of Bond films, as they grapple one another on top of a speeding train, while other sequences show Jacob and Evie fleeing pursuers in horse-drawn carriages. Clearly this isn’t the same Assassin’s Creed fans know and love, which is exactly Ubisoft’s goal.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate doesn’t just revamp some of the gameplay mechanics that have started to show age, however. It also allows Ubisoft to address some of the criticism they’ve taken for their game’s stories, specifically the lack of a female lead. As more information comes out about what kind of person Evie Frye is, it becomes clear that she’s just as interesting as old Assassin’s Creed mainstays like Ezio and Edward.
It’s the combination of gameplay and story that has made Assassin’s Creed such a successful franchise in the first place, blending historical eras with the modern world to form a truly unique player experience. With Assassin’s Creed Syndicate planning to up the ante in both those departments, it’s shaping up to be a can’t miss game this fall. Are you excited about playing as two assassins in the same time period? Is London your ideal Assassin’s Creed setting? Let us know in the comments.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate releases for PS4 and Xbox One on October 23, 2015, with a PC launch to come later.