With Assassin’s Creed Unity, the long-running Assassin’s Creed franchise hit a rough patch. We now know it’ll be up to Assassin’s Creed Syndicate to clean up the mess and redeem the series’ reputation.
French video game developer Ubisoft is trying to pull off a tough thing. Assassin’s Creed Unity should have been a runaway success. Switching to the Xbox One, PS4 and PC exclusively meant that Ubisoft could deliver a game with better graphics and improved play mechanics. Between being able to climb down buildings, new weapons, a new urban setting and a revolution, all of the makings for a successful title where there.
Then Assassin’s Creed Unity shipped with a particularly egregious amount of bugs. Ubisoft eventually got those bugs under control, but not before millions of users lost progress to game crashes or got their characters stuck while walking on a roof as part of a mission. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate isn’t an apology for the sins committed by Assassin’s Creed Unity; it’s much more than that. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is an all-new entry that’ll include a lot of why people fell in love with the franchise in the first place.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is Assassin’s Creed Victory
Late last year, there were leaks about another coming game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise slated for this year. In this game players would leave the revolution-torn streets of Paris for Victorian London. There they’d use new weapons and combat additions to spice up takeouts and missions. Ubisoft later confirmed that Assassin’s Creed Victory was coming, and it still is.
Assassin’s Creed Victory is Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. The setting is the same, the time period – Victorian England is the same too. Users will play as Jacob Frye or Evie Frye, two would be revolutionaries who plan on leading the poor to victory over London’s privileged class of organized criminals.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is or Current Consoles & PCs Only
When Assassin’s Creed Syndicate launches later this year, there won’t be a version for the Xbox 360 or PS3. That much was true of Assassin’s Creed Unity. Ubisoft filled in the gap by releasing a dedicated Assassin’s Creed game for last generation consoles, called Assassin’s Creed Rogue. The company isn’t even bothering with that this year.
On October 23rd, only the Xbox One, PS4 and PC will get versions of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. As such, users who want to play the game should start saving away money to make the upgrade.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Will Have You Climbing Less
The main mode of transportation in the Assassin’s Creed game has always been your own hands. You use them to hop fences and climb even the tallest buildings. Those mechanics are still in this year’s game, but Ubisoft is rethinking everything a bit. Jacob Frye will come equipped with a grappling hook that allows him to quickly scale tall buildings and get around London with absolute ease.
Carriages made in appearance in Assassin’s Creed Unity, but they weren’t operational really. The game treated them as shortcuts, in-game ways to get form one map to another without deep diving into a menu. Carriages in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate are much more robust. As Jacob Frye, users will get to steer their own carriage. This change is the first significant upgrade we’ve seen in transportation since Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag’s sailing mechanics involving the Jackdaw.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Changes The Way You Kill
Stealth has always been and will probably always be the high-point of the Assassin’s Creed games; after all you’re playing an assassin. What has changed in recent years are the weapons. The weapons you get in each year’s Assassin’s Creed game mostly depend on the style of that Assassin. Last year’s Arno Dorian could carry a hammer or broad swords. He used poison bombs to clear a room and smoke bombs to disappear.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate drops you into the middle of industrialized London. There are some new weapons from the time period to assist you on your journey. Forget the swords, a cane joins your hidden Assassin’s Blade and gauntlet. A small dagger allows you to quickly execute any foe. Throwing knives allow you to enemies from a distance. Frye’s cane hides a sword.
It’s worth noting that building your own gang of friends helps you take on the powers that control London, acting as your most lethal weapon.
Beyond that, players can finally use objects around them as killing tools. Beyond that, Ubisoft is pushing for faster, more fluid combat.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Is Available for Pre-Order Now
Finally, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is available for pre-order right now at GameStop. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Gold Edition costs $89.99 and includes access to all of the forthcoming downloadable content. GameStop will offer an exclusive Shilling Necklace with every pre-order. Those who pre-order anywhere get a special mission involving Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens. A basic version of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate without a Season Pass costs $59.99.