Assassin’s Creed has followed a similar formula for a while now. Every time a new assassin is introduced, we, the players, are introduced to his back story before he eventually stumbles upon the ages long battle between the Brotherhood and the Templars. At some point, the otherwise normal life of our protagonist is transformed as he undergoes training to unlock the assassin inside, a process that in some cases has happened rather quickly.
With this latest footage, it appears Ubisoft is finally learning to poke some fun at itself. The developer has released a new in-game cinematic for Assassin’s Creed: Unity called “Arno’s Training,” which shows us how this game’s hero learned to fight.
Arno Dorian, who players will help expose the true instigators of the French Revolution (spoiler alert: it’s the Templars), starts this clip locked up in a prison cell. He has something stolen from him by his cell mate and realizes he must fight him for it. The men start to fight with wooden sparring swords and then… the game cuts to a loading screen that says”two months later.” Wow. That was a really long sword fight. Hope they took a water break.
In reality, the scene is just a quick and easy way to show that Arno spent two months in training… and it looks like he’s going to get a chance to fight for real very soon. The end of the clip shows the start of a riot that will most likely lead to Arno and his friend getting out of that jail cell.
The trailer isn’t the first to feature in-game graphics but it’s still nice to get further confirmation that Unity will be a noticeable step up in the looks department from AC: Black Flag. Check out the way Arno’s trainer’s shirt moves at the start of the trailer.
Players who have been out of the loop on Unity still have time to get caught up before the game’s release later this month. Like all the AC games, Arno’s story will be intertwined with the lives of real historical figures. The game’s cinematic story trailer shows the executions of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and gives players a crash course on what led to the Storming of the Bastille in 1789. Of course, things quickly go sideways as Ubisoft rewrites history to imply that the Templars were pulling strings from behind the scenes.
While there’s been some talk that gamers are getting fatigued by the annual major AC releases along with the frequent spin-offs, this year’s game will offer a fresh take on gameplay that hasn’t been seen before in the franchise. For example, gamers will be able to go through the story in a new co-op mode with up to 4 players working together to take out the Templars.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 11.
Follow Jason on Twitter @MuckrakerJG.