After months of fixing and fine tuning last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity it seems video game developer Ubisoft is finally ready to talk about the next major release in its long-running series of adventure games. This morning the company posted a new teaser for this year’s Assassin’s Creed Victory and revealed when gamers can expect to learn more about the title.
Ubisoft has set the new Assassin’s Creed Victory reveal date as May 12th. More specifically, Ubisoft will share details about its new adventure game at 9AM Pacific Time, 12PM Eastern Standard Time. In a picture teasing the event we only see the Assassin’s Creed logo and the arms of what we can only assume is this year’s assassin. On one arm the figure is wearing the hidden blade that Assassin’s get when they’re formally inducted by the Assassin Brotherhood. In the other hand is a staff with what appears to be a vulture on the end. A tag line for the game reads, “Oppression has to end.”
Ubisoft plans to livestream this new Assassin’s Creed’s world premiere its video reveal directly to players.
We already know two core pieces of related information about this upcoming game from Ubisoft. First, we know that its set in England during the Victorian era. We know this because Ubisoft was forced to confirm that after leaks revealed it. It’s title, Assassin’s Creed Victory is a not too subtle hint at the name Victoria, who ruled the British islands at the time.
Screenshots and video last fall posted by video game website Kotaku also revealed that in Assassin’s Creed Victory players get a grappling hook to mix up some of the vertical gameplay. That grappling hook should introduce some much-needed flavor. Assassin’s Creed has always let users climb buildings, but it wasn’t until last year that it made it relatively easy for players to climb down without jumping into haystacks. Kotaku’s leaked video also indicated that vehicular combat might play a huge role in Assassin’s Creed Victory.
While naming the game “Victory” heavily implies that it takes place during the Victorian Age, it’s also possible that the title hints at a conclusion of the major story arc Ubisoft has offered in past games. With a tagline like “Oppression must end,” a possible ending to that story arc seems even likely. Ubisoft has been accused of somewhat lackluster story telling and milking the game’s original story line to pump out new yearly releases.
No matter what it has planned for Assassin’s Creed Victory, Ubisoft will need to clean up the giant mess that threatened to destroy the franchise last year. Assassin’s Creed Unity was the first game in the series made exclusively for the Xbox One and PS4. The problems started when a member of Ubisoft’s team insinuated that creating options for female protagonists would require too much resources. The PR nightmare continued into the fall as Ubisoft delayed the game by just a week, then set an embargo for reviews written with early copies of the game for release day. Many assumed that Ubisoft did this so that it could still earn money for early sales while releasing a buggy game.
That the game arrived with a rather large amount of bugs and glitches didn’t help. Sometimes players would get stuck n buildings, forcing them to restart the game. Other times, the online minigame that it forced users to sign up for to unlock certain chests and extras didn’t work properly. The faces of characters I the PC version of Assassin’s Creed Unity would sometimes disappear entirely, leaving noting but hair, eyes, teeth and clothing behind.
Presumably, Assassin’s Creed Victory will launch this fall. Considering the series made the transition to next-generation consoles last year, it’s unlikely to be available for the Xbox 360 and PS3.