Next year's Assassin's Creed game will take place in London during the 19th century, Kotaku has learned thanks to an early leak. Farewell, Napoleon; hello, Jack the Ripper?
Kotaku say this new entry in Ubisoft's annual open-world action series will take us through the dirty back alleys and rattling stagecoaches of London during the Victorian era, a historical period that fans have wanted to see in an Assassin's Creed game for quite some time now. This new Assassin's Creed game is called or code-named Victory—like Victorian!—and it will be out next year for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, according to a person familiar with the game.
Is Assassin's Creed Victory for real?
In a word, Yes. Another day another leak! Ubisoft sent Gamertag Gaming a statement acknowledging the video is genuine.
“It is always unfortunate when internal assets, not intended for public consumption, are leaked,” the statement read.
“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.”
So yes, it’s real, and yes, it’s being developed by Ubisoft Quebec for full release.
“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,” Ubisoft continued.
“In the meantime, our number one priority is enhancing the experience of Assassin’s Creed Unity for players.”
At this stage it’s best not to take other details from the report as gospel – things like a lack of PS3 and Xbox 360 port, while pretty credible, are subject to change before the game’s projected northern autumn 2015 release.
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What was seen in the leaked video
The video begins with an assassin, presumably the game's protagonist, climbing up a tower and looking out at the city of London. We get a quick overview of the city as the camera flies from alley to alley, showing us some of the game's potential side activities (gambling in a pub, street-racing with carriages, and so forth). We then cut back to the assassin, who leaps down to the street, makes his way into a nearby horse carriage, and accepts an assignment from a mysterious masked woman. The task: kill a man named Roderick Bulmer, who has been trafficking little girls for the assassins' ancestral enemies. "The templars must receive our message," says the woman. "You must send it in blood."
Mid-conversation, the carriage is attacked, so the assassin makes his way out and takes out several enemies—who are bearing templar insignias—while keeping his balance atop the moving buggy. It's frantic. A few quick kills later, the assassin arrives at the Charing Cross railway station, where he swaps his hood for a top hat and runs through the crowd, ignoring side quests ("stop that thief!") as he hunts down Bulmer, who is standing among the crowd in the middle of a train plaza.
Our assassin hops and leaps to a platform overlooking the trains, takes out a guard, then uses what appears to be a new item—a grappling hook—to swing over to Bulmer and stab him in the chest.
Once Bulmer is dead, the assassin jumps onto a moving train and fights off more templar soldiers while crossing the River Thames. As the video draws to a close, our protagonist leaps from the train into a conveniently-placed haystack, then staggers forward as the camera pulls toward the London horizon. Then the logo: [Assassin's Creed](movie:437814) Victory.
Set in Victorian London. It's dark, smoky and probably smelly. A far cry away from the panoramic scenes we saw in Venice. There will be a focus on the the tools of the age. Using technology and newly invented gizmos to navigate, repel and slaughter enemies. The assassins will still use their super stealthy ways just this time they have a bit more fire power if you ever need to 'Go Loud'.
With an introduction of grappling hooks, moving vehicles and back alley gambling. The next Creed is aiming to improve and expand on the current game with new and potentially game changing ideas. The use of a grapple will add an almost Spider Man type feel to the game, allowing for super fast city travel. Will we have guns? Yes. The use of machine guns and bombs will again give the player another option when it comes to mission strategy.
The internal video proclaimed to be produced of in-game footage using the Anvil engine from Assassin's Creed Unity.
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