If you thought that two Assassin’s Creed titles in one year was a little too much, know that Ubisoft has a third one in the works as well. This one will only be out in “early 2015”, and it’ll be quite a bit different to Unity and Rogue. It’s called Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, and it’s a 2.5D platforming game coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
In the standalone game, players will take on the role of female Assassin Shao Jun in a journey set in 16th century China. Jun is the last Assassin left in her order, and she travels back to her homeland to exact revenge on those who have killed her fellow Assassins. If she sounds familiar, then you’ve been paying attention as Jun made her first appearance in the animated short Assassin’s Creed: Embers from 2011. Consequently, when we take control of Jun she will have just finished her training with Ezio Auditore. She’ll be able to combine typical Assassin moves with martial arts close combat.
Now for the catch: the standalone title is part of the Season Pass for Assassin’s Creed Unity. As it stands the only way to get hold of this game is to buy Unity’s Season Pass. No word yet on how much that might cost. It will, however, include two additional pieces of content for Unity.
You can check out the full Season Pass details in the video below. The introduction of Chronicles: China happens towards the end of the video. It looks really impressive; like a mixture of hand-painted brushstrokes and 3D models. We suspect this is running on the wonderfully dynamic UbiArt Framework (used for Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends and the more recent Child of Light). We’ve reached out to Ubisoft to ascertain whether or not this is the case, and will update as soon as we hear back from them. The game is being developed by Climax Studios and not a Ubisoft team. Climax recently handled the PC port of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
The Season Pass content for Unity will begin releasing in early 2015. Our guess is that Chronicles: China won’t stay locked away behind the Season Pass paywall forever. Knowing Ubisoft, we’ll see an actual downloadable release of the spinoff; sometime during late 2015 is our guess.