While the Assassin’s Creed franchise is best known for weaving historical settings and stories with a massive overarching sci-fi plot and the ongoing war between Assassins and Templars, the games from Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood onwards also feature a very decent multiplayer with colorful characters and a mix of stealth and action style gameplay.
The multiplayer for Assassin’s Creed has included elements of co-op in the past, such as Assassin’s Creed III‘s Wolfpack mode, but since the premise for the multiplayer is that it’s simply a training program in the Animi used to hone the Templar’s skills, it’s never had much in the way of an actual narrative.
All that may change with this year’s entry, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, according to a new report. Former NeoGAF user Shinobi602 revealed on Twitter that Ubisoft is planning to bring two Assassin’s Creed: Unity demos to E3 this year, one of which will be for the singleplayer campaign and the other for a brand new four-player narrative co-op mode. The Escapist later verified that the information came from a legitimate Ubisoft source.
One SP, other showcasing 4-player coop.— shinobi602 (@shinobi602) April 19, 2014
Shinobi602 then clarified that the co-op would not be like the previous games, but would instead have its own narrative, separate from the singleplayer campaign. Based on this limited information, it sounds like Ubisoft may be planning something along the lines of Far Cry 3‘s co-op campaign, which also had four characters and its own story.
This kind of gameplay sounds like it would fit well into the world of Assassin’s Creed, since both the Templars and the Assassins exist as part of vast organizations and often work together in groups in order to accomplish missions. Multiple games in the series have had a gameplay mechanic based on training up Assassin recruits and calling on them in battle, but it would be very different to have four playable characters working together as equals.
It seems especially appropriate to introduce this game mode in Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which is set during the French Revolution and will therefore have ideas of co-operation and brotherhood as central themes – at least, if the subtitle is anything to go by.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity will be released for PC, PS4 and Xbox One in late 2014.