It’s always a challenge to keep players up to date on AAA game launches come the end of the year, so Ubisoft is aiming to bring those prospective players of Assassin’s Creed Unity up to speed – fast. With the introduction of a brand new game engine for next-gen consoles (and pushing PC rigs to their limits as well), a brand new hero, setting, conflict, and game modes, the latest ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity 101’ trailer can be considered a crash-course in the changes being brought to the established Assassin’s Creed series.
Those who have been following the marketing for Unity won’t find many surprises within the trailer, but a condensed glimpse at the refined, groundbreaking, or potentially divisive changes in store. Although Unity has somewhat downplayed the actual history behind the French Revolution backdrop compared to prior installments, the famous famous set to appear are all touched upon, ranging from Napoleon Bonaparte to the questionable Marquis de Sade (a character already courting controversy thanks to previews of his debauchery).
But the love story focused on protagonist Arno Dorian and Élise de la Serre – a love spanning the divisions between Assassin and Templar – is given some time out of the spotlight. Understandable, considering the previous attention given solely to that narrative. But the promise of increased hardware bringing more life and realism than ever to the cast’s performances is just one way in which the developers are hoping to make the most of the leap to next-gen.
Then, of course, there is the addition of cooperative gameplay. We already got the chance to play Unity co-op ourselves, and the team’s commitment to keeping the same core gameplay, mechanics, and experience intact was evident. The mode is being viewed with cautious optimism by many until it releases into the broader community, but the trailer does a good job of outlining the mode’s potential.
Customization is key in any team-based action game, and Ubisoft has set the pieces needed to offer a range of play styles in place. It will be interesting to see what division, if any, will forms between fans of the traditional story-focused campaign and those looking to play with friends. It will be curious, too, to see how audiences and critics respond to the inclusion of time anomalies taking players into World War II-era Paris.
Those looking to see more of the game in action before picking up a copy are in luck, as Ubisoft has also announced their biggest livestream launch event yet, taking to Twitch on Friday, November 7, 2014 to provide a first public look. The stream begins on the official Assassin’s Creed channel at 12:00 pm PST, and will include gameplay demoes as well as interviews with the development team.
Will you be picking up a copy of Unity come launch day? Which part of the game has you most intrigued: the setting, the story, or the technical improvements? Sound off in the comments.
Assassin’s Creed Unity releases on PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 11.
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