With just a week left to go until the Assassin’s Creed Unity release date, developer Ubisoft is luring Xbox One and PS4 owners in with what could be the very last trailer for the game. Make no mistake, the trailer could change everything you might think you know about the Assassin’s Creed universe, or at least reassure longtime players that there’s some modern day fun to be had in the game.
Ubisoft revealed the new Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer on its web blog last Thursday. Almost no introduction for trailer is provided, with Ubisoft only inviting potential Assassin’s Creed Unity buyers to guess what the trailer is about in the blog posts comments.
At first, Arno, the member of the Assassin Order and focus of Assassin’s Creed Unity is seen leaping into what appears to be a tear in the Animus. The Animus is the system that characters in the previous game have used to relieve memories. It’s how players have been able to experience life as a pirate in one scene and battle for the fate of the modern world in another mission.
Arno is encouraged to leap through the tear in the Animus and when he does, what we see is him free-running on the Eiffel Tower and being chased by helicopters. It’s almost as if he’s in the modern world. As he climbs the monument Arno is being shot at from just about every direction.
What this is all about remains unclear, but its hard not to imagine that Ubisoft hasn’t just shown how players will be able to interact with the modern day universe in Assassin’s Creed Unity. Perhaps successfully making it through the sequences will give players a little glimpse into the story. That’s important because again, Assassin’s Creed games have always been one-half retold historic story and another half modern-day story.
Whatever the video is showcasing, players won’t have to wait long to find out. Assassin’s Creed Unity is scheduled for release November 11th. That’s a little under a week from today.
Assassin’s Creed Unity includes a ton of new features not included in past games. This time players take on foes in a one-to-one recreation of Paris, France just before the French Revolution. In past games players have been able to climb up buildings, but with Assassin’s Creed Unity getting up buildings is as easy and getting down them. For the first time in the series the parkour techniques can be used to descend buildings and monuments too.
There’s no traditional multiplayer in this game. Instead, Assassin’s Creed Unity represents a new push into cooperative multiplayer. Certain missions will require that players be on their own, but others are all about teaming up with your friends to achieve objectives. Assassin’s Creed Unity allows players to customize their assassin to their individual play style. For example, certain shields will let players take more damage but they’ll also be slower and an easier target to hit.
The crowds that inhabit Paris are something we’ve never seen in a previous game too. According to Ubisoft, having more overhead from newer consoles has allowed them to give crowds a personality of their own. Players will notice that there are more people roaming the streets of Paris and that they react to different situations in different ways.
Even story missions themselves have evolved. In past games, finishing a story mission required players to hit some very specific objectives. Assassin’s Creed Unity players will find that different events in each story mission change the mission experience itself. Objectives aren’t something you have to hit immediately either. For example, in past games failing to tail someone correctly meant the mission was over. In Assassin’s Creed Unity failing to tail someone means you can end up a brawl with enemies to successfully make it out of the mission alive.
A basic copy of Assassin’s Creed Unity costs $60. Unfortunately, it won’t be coming to the Xbox 360 or PS3. Instead, gamers who own those consoles will need to pick up Assassin’s Creed Rogue.