With the newest trailer recently released (http://www.gamesradar.com/assassins-creed-syndicates-new-trailer-literally-stabbiest-ever/), Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is shaping up to be a winner.
What We Know About the Overall Tone
The one thing we know for certain? The newest installment in the Assassin’s Creed saga is aiming to bring back the fun. Where the last couple of Assassin’s Creed games failed was really in a lack of fun-ness. All the pirate gimmicks in the world can’t save your game if you’re not having fun while you make it, or when you play it.
After the underwhelming 2014 Ubisoft release that was Assassin’s Creed: Unity, the game series needs a win to pull Ubisoft’s primary breadwinner back on top, and back into our hearts. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate might just be the answer to everyone’s plea for a fun, fresh Assasin’s Creed game.
What We Know About the Setting and the Character Cameos
Victorian London fun enough for you? Think of the slew of new characters you’ll get to scamper around a gas-lit London with: Charles Darwin, Jack the Ripper, Charles Dickens, Frederick Abberline, Florence Nightingale, and more.
Horse carriages are going to be a fun new element that you can expect to see a lot of in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. They’ll be featured heavily in the gameplay, but they’re also just a great part of the old-timey London mystique and romance.
Imagine kidnapping your enemies and stuffing them into horse drawn carriages. Because that’s going to be a thing.
The in-game world boasts a 30% increase from Unity, so you’ll have more room to explore London. London boroughs that will be featured in the game include Westminster, the Strand, the City of London, Whitechapel, Southwark and Lambeth. The river Thames will play an important role, just as it does in real life.
Depending on the borough that you’re in, players will experience different (but thrillingly detailed and period-accurate) sights, sounds, landmarks, and people. You’ll hear popular songs of the era; drinking songs in lower-class pubs, and pretty ballads in the wealthier districts. As always, every detail is carefully researched and beautifully executed.
The immersive locale and period-specific minutiae are always one of the highlights of Assassin’s Creed games, and it seems like Syndicate has spared no expense.
What We Know About the Main Characters
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate will center around a pair of siblings, Jacob and Evie Frye. The two will allow game players to choose between two very different characters and types of assassin’s. Jacob Frye is more of a brawler; brash, loud, and better suited for close-combat situations. Evie Frye is the more traditional assassin; stealthy, smart, and more well-rounded than her brother and counterpart.
It’s exciting to have a sibling team as the protagonists, but from what we understand about Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Evie will be the more interesting of the two, and a better all-around protagonist that players can connect with.
It’s about time Ubisoft featured a female protagonist; because nobody counts the overwhelmingly disappointing Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation. It’s not part of the main series, anyway.
Players have been missing a fun, engaging main character since the Ezio trilogy. Hopefully, Syndicate’s dedication to bringing back the element of fun will shine through in the Frye siblings, and a realistic and relatable set of characters will win back the players.
What We Know About the Plot
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is set towards the end of the Industrial Revolution; a tumultuous time in British (and global) history. The year is 1868, and the Assassin Brotherhood is virtually non-existent. Jacob and Evie Frye arrive in a Templar-controlled London.
Having followed the Creed their whole lives, the Frye siblings vow to rid the city of the Templars. Here’s the fun part: they intend to slowly regain control over London from the Templars via the city’s seamy underbelly. Through the underground criminal network of London lowlifes, the Fryes will work with the help of the era’s biggest celebrities, such as Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens to take back London from the Templars.
The plot is looking vastly improved from the flat stories and character from the recent Assassin’s Creed installations. Syndicate is definitely something to look forward to.
What We Know About the Gameplay
Vehicles are a new gameplay aspect that are going to be heavily prevalent in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. Horses, carriages, and especially exciting… trains.
No more running around on rooftops (kidding- of course you can still do that) players get to travel in style now. There are new methods of getting around London that will be introduced. We thought that it couldn’t get much more fun than scaling buildings, leaping off of dizzying heights, and roaming around on ships. Oh, but now there’s more!
There will be a Batman-esque rope launcher that allows the Frye siblings to climb up sheer surfaces, rappel back down, or launch the rope across gaps to create a zip-line to bridge the distance. And because it’s Assassin’s Creed, you can expect tons of dramatic and acrobatic fights on top of moving carriages and trains.
Weapons will include fun, period-specific things like brass knuckles, a compact revolver, a cane sword, and the traditional kukri knife, as well as some old Assassin’s Creed standbys and hidden-blade favorites. Naturally, the two Frye siblings will offer different combat and weapons specialities.
You’ll be able to seamlessly switch between the two characters at will. Of course, the gameplay and technology is improved, so you’ll see a smoother, cleaner Assassin’s Creed game. Entire branches of Ubisoft were devoted to the development of specific things, such as the River Thames by Ubisoft Japan. That dedication to detail and art will likely be worth their time and efforts.
What We Know About the Release
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is slated for worldwide release on October 23 for Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Microsoft Windows players will have to wait until November 19. Bonus fun for PS4 players: they’ll receive an exclusive DLC called “Penny Dreadful Crimes,” which just by the sound of it is going to be a blast from the Victorian past.
What Else We Know
This newest Assassin’s Creed game is shaping up to be a fun one; this much we know. Hopefully, it’ll be what’s needed to redeem Ubisoft’s series after their last couple of lackluster attempts. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate will be one of the hottest game releases this year, and it’s certainly one to watch.