Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the latest in the long-running third-person Assassin’s Creed games, won’t launch with what some will consider an absolutely crucial feature: multiplayer.
Franchise developer Ubisoft confirmed to GameSpot that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate won’t have multiplayer in an interview out this week. This means users won’t be able to hide in plain sight as their friends search for them or even team up to pull off more complicated missions like what’s is available in Assassin’s Creed Unity, last year’s major new release in the franchise.
“The reason we are doing this is to really focus on the roots of the franchise,” Ubisoft’s Marc-Alexis Cote told the gaming news outlet. Ubisoft said that they made the decision to not include multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate because they wanted to focus on perfecting the single player experience as much as they could.
Every side mission, every small thing you do in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate feeds back into the single player story focusing on Jacob Frye. Ubisoft hopes that a more narrative driven experience will keep players immersed in the story. It’s also noting that a few of the game’s mechanics wouldn’t have worked well with online multiplayer at all.
For the first time ever, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate players can hijack carriages. Ubisoft says it would have been hard to get that system working reliably in a multiplayer experience. The video game developer also says that the game’s new close-quarters brawling combat would have had issues with lag that online multiplayer game sometimes causes. It is worth noting that Assassin’s Creed Unity did sometimes suffer from serious lag and connectivity issues. In the interview Cote hints that there are other technical reasons for keeping multiplayer out of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, but he doesn’t elaborate further.
Announced this week, in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate players will venture to central London and become Jacob Frye and Evie Frye The Templar Order and the powerful upper class are amassing wealth for themselves on the backs on common citizens. The Fryes are trained members of the Assassin Order who aren’t too keen on what they seen in London. Organized crime is rampant and street gangs control the lives of millions.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will let users play as either Frye sibling. Both have their own set of skills and their own combat styles. Users will need to use them both to experience the game fully. Besides a revamped combat and vehicles, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate also changes the way members of the Assassin Order move around. Players can still climb up buildings and then run from rooftop to rooftop, but that’s also being supplemented by a gauntlet that lets players scale entire buildings with a button press. Throwing knives are in this game too.
Historical figures have always played a huge role in the Assassin’s Creed games and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is no different. The famed British writer Charles Dickens is in the game. Scientist Charles Darwin is present too. It’s Darwin’s theories on the evolution of man that help set the stage for a new tone in this game. In Assassin’s Creed Syndicate gamers will take on the criminal underworld that is flourishing in London during the latter half of the 19th century.
GameStop is already taking pre-orders for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. A basic version of the game will cost $60, but users can also pre-order a $90 version of the game that includes a Pass for all the game’s forthcoming downloadable content. Users who want to play the game will need to upgrade their Windows PC or purchase an Xbox One or PS4.
Ubisoft has no plans to release a version of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. In fact, it appears that the company is done making Assassin’s Creed games for last generation consoles.