In case you missed their livestream, Ubisoft has released the seven-minute walkthrough of Assassin’s Creed Unity. Set during the French Revolution, players take on the role of a new assassin called Arno Dorian – a young nobleman who gets into the spirit of la révolution and starts stabbing Templars in the face. Ubisoft says he’s “stealthier, deadlier and more ruthless than any before him”.
As you will see in the gameplay walkthrough, Unity has added a number of new features to the franchise. For a start, there’s now a dedicated Stealth mode, which means it’s now possible to sneak from cover to cover in order to entirely avoid confrontation until you reach your assassination target. Ubisoft has also added a downwards parkour system, which means you can now swing and wall-run your way to the bottom of buildings instead of always having to find a convenient haystack. Finally, combat has been made more difficult, and there’s been some allusions to a character levelling system before you can fight stronger enemies.
In addition to new game mechanics, you get a new piece of equipment called the Phantom Blade, which essentially turns the trademark assassin’s hidden blade into a mini crossbow of sorts. You can see that in the introductory video to Arno below:
Finally, the biggest addition to the game is the four-player co-op that’s been included. Don’t worry, you’re still able to play the entire game on your own, but for you more sociable types you’ll be able to barrel through Unity with three other friends. You, however, will always see yourself as Arno; the rest of your friends will appear as customisable assassins in your game. This means that you’ll get to make a multiplayer avatar, but this is also a bit of a sore point at present: Ubisoft has removed the ability for players to create a female avatar. This, they say, was not up to the design team, but rather Ubisoft top-brass. Adding in female avatars would have, according to Ubisoft, required another 8000 animations and completely different models. Nevertheless, this is causing a bit of a scene and has rapidly become the obligatory E3 controversy. Compounding this is the fact that there are no female playable characters in Unity at all, because competitive multiplayer has been removed from the game.
You can check out the co-op in action below.
Assassin’s Creed Unity is definitely looking fantastic, but by now you should all be sceptical when Ubisoft unveils very impressive gameplay. The game is out at the end of October 2014; it’s heading to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.