Information on next year’s big Assassin’s Creed game leaked online late last night local time. For now it is believed that the game’s codename is Assassin’s Creed Victory, but my money is on that being the final name as it ties in nicely with this year’s Unity subtitle.
Victory will be set in 19th century London, complete with horse-drawn carriages, top hats, parasail umbrellas, and grimy alleyways. The leaked information was picked up by Kotaku, who claims to have seen a target-render concept video for Victory. Ubisoft frequently uses target videos during development of the Assassin’s Creed series, and normally shows them off to the press when the titles are revealed.
Kotaku has described the target video that they watched. A nameless assassin is seen entering a carriage and receiving an assassination order from a masked woman. The target is Roderick Bulmer, who has been selling little girls to the Templars. At this point the carriage is attacked and the assassin leaps onto the roof of the carriage to fight. The fight takes place on a moving carriage as it winds its way through the streets of London. Once the fight is over, the carriage drops off the assassin at Charring Cross railway station, where he swaps out his trademark assassin’s hood for a top hat and enters the crowd. This mechanic harkens back to Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, which allowed female protagonist Aveline to swap between three different outfits in order to blend a little better. Here’s hoping this mechanic makes it into Victory because it adds a nice mix to things.
The assassin then utilises a new grappling hook, which appears as if the player has complete control of in terms of where it is placed. Attaching it to the ceiling of the station, the assassin swings down to assassinate his target in the middle of the crowd.
Further details from the leak reveal that Ubisoft Quebec is steering development of this Assassin’s Creed. This marks the first time that particular Ubisoft studio has developed an Assassin’s Creed game on their own. They have, however, developed a number of DLC offerings for previous AC titles.
Ubisoft has issued a response to the leak and they sound understandably crestfallen:
“It is always unfortunate when internal assets, not intended for public consumption, are leaked. And, while we certainly welcome anticipation for all of our upcoming titles, we’re disappointed for our fans, and our development team, that this conceptual asset is now public. The team in our Quebec studio has been hard at work on the particular game in question for the past few years, and we’re excited to officially unveil what the studio has been working on at a later date. In the meantime, our number one priority is enhancing the experience of Assassin’s Creed Unity for players.”
My guess is that Ubisoft wanted to hold off announcing this until around March of 2015; this has traditionally been the time that the company has debuted whichever Assassin’s Creed title is coming for that particular year.
We’ll keep you posted on Victory, which you can expect to see released in October/November 2015 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.