There has been a lot of buzz at E3 so far regarding Ubisoft’s next installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Trailers and footage have been released but there seems to be a lot more than what we’ve seen so far,
Alexander Amancio. Ubisoft’s creative director, has released a Q&A fact sheet that gives us plenty more details on the upcoming game including info on the new engine, the new protagonist, and the gameplay. Amancio has described the French Revolution as the “perfect setting” for an Assassin’s Creed game and that the Templer side of the story will be “explored a lot”.
When describing the new protagonist, Arno, Amancio said he was “charismatic” with a sense of humour. Whilst he will have his own story line there will also be some missions you can tackle online. It was also revealed that you will encounter many historical figures including Napoleon, Marquis de Sade and Louis XVI.
Amancio also praised the Anvil Engine, saying it can perform tasks that were previously difficult and time consuming for developers. He said that this allowed the developers to focus on “quality rather than functionality”. The three “pillars” of the Engine are THEATRE, ZEN and CITY LIGHTS, which when combined will offer us cinema levels of gameplay according to Amancio.
When it comes to gameplay, the three main focuses seem to be Navigation, Combat and Stealth. The navigation has been expanded so the path you take will feel less linear and offer more choice and exploration. The buildings will be 1:1 scale and be full of interesting features such as characters, secrets, rewards, and Social Clubs”.
Combat will follow a quick to learn, hard to master rule that will allow veteran players to delve into a deeper combat system that will still be accessible to newcomers. There will be more enemy types and combat will be more difficult since Ubisoft want to focus on stealth. Stealth will be the main pillar of the game and there will be stealth mechanics such as a cover system and crowds of thousands you can get lost in. Yes you read that right, Amancio says they’ve gone from crowds of just over 100 to crowds of thousands.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity is due to be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 28th.