The behemoth that is Ubisoft never sleeps. Behind the scenes they are always working away and planning their next wave of attacks on our wallets. So it came as no surprise to me that they have already been working on a new Assassins Creed adventure, despite calls for them to possibly let the franchise sleep for a little while, and get over its Unity sized hangover.
But who are they to listen? They keep ticking away, trawling through history books. And with eyes closed, and a map of the world unfolded on a large oak table, Ubisoft Quebec have firmly slammed an index finger on 19th century London, England as the destination for next year's Assassin's Creed: Victory (AC:V). Working title, perhaps? Hopefully not, I like it!
AC:V will be presided over, for the first time, by Ubisoft Quebec as opposed to the usual suspects at Ubisoft Montreal, who have worked on every Creed game since its inception. But don't be disheartened, gamer, Ubi Quebec are no strangers to the franchise. They worked on DLC for ACIII and ACIV (The Tyranny Of King Washington and Freedom Cry respectively).
The report from Kotaku, to whom the news was leaked, had said the early "target gameplay footage" of AC:V looked "slick" and that it could pass an E3 presentation. Glowing news there, hopefully this could mean a return to form, or even a complete overhaul of the game's tired mechanics. Here are the stills...
Assassin's Creed: Victory
Here's London in all its vintage, filth addled glory. Take it in...
Here's a snippet of a battle on top of a horse and carriage. There's talk of street races in these things! Can't wait to throw some NOS on a horse!
You Shall Go To The Ball
Get hat, wear hat, evade.
Just Cause: Assassin's Edition
A welcome change to the AC formula comes as a new piece of kit! The grappling hook will, hopefully, enable you to create awe inspiring leaps and sly interjections of parkour around your surroundings, and render any surface a jump point. How exciting!
AC:U is such a hot mess at the moment, I'm really surprised that Ubisoft could even entertain the thought of shipping a new AC next year. Here's what they had to say about it...
"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."
Patches that finally fix the faces of characters and free DLC should quench the rage of a few. But instead of lingering around in the past, seriously Ubi, where is our modern day adventure?! The one where we get to free roam over the rooftops of metropolitan skyscrapers?
Saying that, I wonder what kind of victorian peril Victory will stick us in the middle of?
A Dickensian Caper...?
Will the new assassin team up with the advocate of the victorian working class Charles Dickens, and lay waste to evil Templars that are holding the majority of the city's pariahs in abject poverty?
Slay The Ripper...?
Will the new assassin take on the terror of the infamous "Whitechapel Murderer", who was rumored to have ended the lives of eleven women over the period of ten months?
The Great Exhibition...?
Or will Ubi Quebec go for an all new tale and have the new assassin try to foil an attempt on Queen Victoria's life at The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations?
Assassin's Creed: Victory will supposedly be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2015.