With Gamescom 2014 comes more details on some of the world’s most anticipated games – Assassin’s Creed Unity included. Where previous trailers for Ubisoft‘s foray into next-gen may have been focused on the thrill of Assassins working side by side, or teased the love story at the heart of Unity‘s action, the newest trailer shines the spotlight on the backdrop of Revolution-era Paris, France.
Showing that no aspect of the city has been overlooked by the developers, players can look forward to seeing as much attention paid to the everyday life as the game’s grandest spectacles. And yes, there will be executions. It’s a revolution, after all.
Created by using entirely in-engine graphics and animations, the ‘Paris Horizon’ trailer shows that thanks to Ubisoft’s Anvil engine, the developers are finally capable of populating their game world with the sheer number of citizens needed to do the story justice. Whether it’s guards or citizens going about their daily business oblivious to the Assassin leaping overhead, or armed guards blissfully unaware of the same looming danger, Unity‘s environment is certainly being highlighted for its next-gen prowess.
In Assassin’s Creed Unity, all of Paris is your playground. From the skyward reaching spires of Notre Dame to the tunnels and slums inhabited by the city’s less fortunate, you can run, climb, and leap from nearly any surface. Follow Arno as he traverses the rooftops, streets, and back alleys of French Revolution era Paris all brought to life in breathtakingly intricate detail made possible by the next gen Anvil engine.
Unity‘s creative director Alex Amancio has already offered an in-depth look at the Anvil engine, but it’s a wise move to release a trailer that doesn’t necessarily focus on the tech, but the overall impact that a step forward behind the scenes can have on an open world like those of the AC series. Fans will likely hold off judgement until they can see more extensive gameplay, but this trailer will help to assuage fears that the game will be cutting significant corners.
We’ll have more information regarding Unity in the coming days, but for now, Ubisoft Montreal is keeping the exact story or motivation behind Arno’s daring air assassinations to themselves. A few hints at the real forces behind the French Revolution have been dropped in the past – and the trailer seems to show Arno reporting to his Assassin superiors – but it’s clear the setting isn’t telling the whole story.
What do you think of the trailer? Has the sudden arrival of lively harpsichord gotten your attention, or is it the newer, more fluid traversal that you’re more interested to try out for yourself? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Assassin’s Creed Unity releases October 28, 2014 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
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