Nothing helps set the stage for an Assassin’s Creed game like a widespread revolt against an unjust, corrupt oppressor. And for Assassin’s Creed Unity, Ubisoft is turning to a historical uprising of particular importance to the French publisher. With an adventure resting on the shoulders of Arno Dorian, promising to explore never-before-seen aspects of the French Revolution, the latest gameplay trailer confirms that the French people’s thirst for democracy will be fitting in quite well with the historical fiction of previous games.
Fans have been waiting for the AC series to hit a bit closer to home for Ubisoft, and Unity has been promoted as a chance to discover “the truth” behind the Revolution. What was shown of the game at E3 2014 proves that the development team is bringing 18th-century Paris to life just as well as next-gen hardware can handle, but this trailer reveals that much of the core themes, gameplay, and attitudes will remain intact.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since historical drama surrounding revolt, rebellion, or all-out revolution has provided ample story opportunities. Little is still known about Arno (besides enduring a painful loss in his life), but like all the Assassins before and after him, his strength is in the people around him, not necessarily his ability to kill (he’ll still be very good at killing).
Despite the similarities, Ubisoft has promised that a shift to next-gen only development won’t just mean better graphics, but a total “reinvention” of the franchise. That might be setting the bar a little high, but players will at least be offered a brand new story for the modern day elements of the fiction, but the developers are going to keep that a secret for as long as they can.
Hopefully more information will be released to provide some insight into what Ubisoft Montreal has cooked up in regards to Animus-related fiction, or what will help Arno stand apart from the heroes who have led games before him. That might come in the form of the Rob Zombie-directed animated short set to be shown at San Diego Comic-Con, but we’ll keep you up to date regardless.
Are you interested to see how the modern half of the AC story will be re-imagined for the next chapter in the series? Or is it the period drama and mystery that has your attention?
Assassin’s Creed: Unity will be released for PC, PS4 and Xbox One in late 2014.
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