Assassin's Creed has introduced many gamers to the amazing and bloody battles between the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order across different periods of time, with the Templar Order seeking to control all of mankind, and the Assassin Brotherhood stopping them - one stealth kill at a time. From the Third Crusade in the Middle East and the Renaissance period in Italy, to colonial America and the French Revolution, the Assassin's Creed series sees gamers sneak their way around countless numbers of enemies, assassinate their targets, hightail it out of there to the nearest bench and wait until the whole event blows over.
With the premiere of [Assassin's Creed](tag:437814) Syndicate, fans of the series are getting more and more excited to see what the new weapons, new combat, new assassins Jacob and Evie Frye and new setting of Victorian England brings to the fight against the Templar Order. So here's what you can expect from the new addition to the Assassin's Creed series, Assassin's Creed Syndicate!
World Premiere Breakdown
The world premiere gives us quite a bit of information relating to Assassin's Creed Syndicate's storyline, settings and main characters, constructing the world that players will be committing various acts of murder and other shenanigans in. The year is 1868 during the Industrial Revolution in England, and we follow the assassins, and twins, Jacob and Evie Frye, as they attempt to rest control of London from the Templar Order by infiltrating and uniting London's criminal underworld. As true to Assassin's Creed games, Syndicate features historically notable figures to assist the players in their battle - novelist Charles Dickens and biologist Charles Darwin. We have the assassins, the setting and the typical Assassin's Creed story of Assassins vs. Templars...but what more can we expect? Who is the main protagonist who sits in the Animus while reenacting the history of their ancestors? What are the Templars looking for in this time period? And how many weird glitches can we expect to find while traversing the city of London? I honestly can't wait to find out more, and see how Syndicate builds off the Assassin's Creed storyline!
The Assassin's Creed series has always had a set action adventure stealth gameplay style, with each and every game adding new mechanics, new weapons/gadgets, and new combat system to try and make the games unique in their own way. While many gamers have often complained about the lack of uniqueness in the gameplay styles between each game, Syndicate definitely throws in enough new features to mix up the gameplay for even the most seasoned Assassin's Creed player.
"There's that passion [from the team] to not only make it differently, but to make it their own." - Francois Pelland, Executive Director of Development at Ubisoft Quebec
First of all, Syndicate introduces two new features that have never been seen in any Assassin's Creed game - switchable main characters, and new travelling systems. Players will be able to switch between Jacob and Evie during singleplayer mode, with each twin having a different play style to cater for a wider audience. Jacob Frye is a hot-headed brawler, specialising in hand-to-hand combat, while Evie Frye relies on stealth, intelligence and wit to take down her enemies. Players will also have a couple of options of travel around the streets of London, from a rope launcher to rappel up structures and create zip lines across buildings, to horse-drawn carriages that can be driven or occupied by the player and trains. The great feature about the horse-drawn carriages is not only can you fight on top of them and chase enemies from carriage top to carriage top, but the fact that Ubisoft has implemented a police system, like Grand Theft Auto, where police will immediately respond to any road laws broken or hijackings that occur. So for all you Americans out there...that's the LEFT-HAND side of the road.
Other than the cool new player-switching, carriage-chasing features, Ubisoft has expanded the deadly arsenal of the assassins to allow you to murder your enemies in more ways than ever before. To compliment the focus on close-quarters combat, the main weapons of the assassins include brass knuckles, a compact revolver, a cane sword, and a Nepalese curved kukri knife - along with your traditional hidden blade and throwing knives. Another interesting weapon that's been introduced is the hallucenogenic darts, which cause enemies to fight amongst themselves when hit. The combat has become faster-paced and multiple enemies can attack the player at one, meaning all these awesome new weapons will be put to use...quite often. But with all these cool features comes a slight downfall...there will be no multiplayer mode in Syndicate. You can still have fun playing with friends...just in separate games.
Despite the lack of a multiplayer mode in Syndicate, I'm really looking forward to see how the team at Ubisoft Quebec not only expand on the Assassin's Creed story, but make the game truly unique to its predecessors. Assassins, grab your top hats, cane swords and pointy knives because it's time to kill some Templars!
Assassin's Creed Syndicate is going to be released on October 23rd, 2015. For more information on Syndicate, or if you wish to place a preorder for it, visit the Assassin's Creed Syndicate Homepage.