ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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The Assassin's Creed franchise has really evolved since I first picked it up in 2007 on my Xbox 360. In many ways, I think its lost the spark and excitement of its younger years. I'll never enjoy a game in this series the same way I did AC 2 and it's an unfortunate revelation for sure. But die-hard fans have had issues with the series for years and some of these are already carrying over to Syndicate.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate hopes to introduce some revolutionary additions to the franchise. Whether they will all be as successful as Ubisoft hopes remains to be seen. Let's just pray we don't have another Assassin's Creed Unity on our hands! But even though all of these updates have been introduced and numerous promises have been made, here are some of the concerns that fans already have for Assassin's Creed Syndicate!

Assassin's Creed Syndicate
Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Narrative & Gameplay Concerns Fans Have For Assassin's Creed Syndicate!

One of the biggest concerns that we've seen players discuss is that of modern day. Assassin's Creed has always balanced the future and the past, though it was far more interesting when Desmond Miles was involved. In AC: Unity, the references to the future felt dry and poorly devised. Ubisoft don't want to alienate players with lengthy sections in the future.

We want the present day setting to be simple and not heavy for the player, it must be consistent and motivating enough to justify the whole experience in the past.
[...] the modern day can't be really explored through the games. The developers can show what happens during the events of the game or what happened in-between the games through files, but they cannot really explore the present day layer in-depth.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate
Assassin's Creed Syndicate

These two quotes came from Ubisoft representatives with regards to Assassin's Creed Syndicate. We were initially informed that the modern day sections would have a greater focus in the game, now however it seems that this standing has been dropped. The text and video sections of Unity aren't that great a replacement for the intrigue of the future. Perhaps Syndicate will be slightly better than this, but fans would love more focus on this aspect of the series.

The additional concern that fans have been voicing is that Syndicate hasn't placed a great deal of focus on immersive elements with the game. Due to Ubisoft wanting to push the graphical quality of Syndicate and Unity, a lot of gameplay aspects seem to have been neglected. For instance, fighting enemies has seen the protagonists engage with shockingly small amount of character models. You're fighting the same people a lot and it will break your immersion during the campaign.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate
Assassin's Creed Syndicate

But the main issue that Assassin's Creed fans have is that the series has now targeted the casual gamer for too long. This is why we've been handed boring characters, banal narratives, the omission of modern day and the removal of an over-arching storyline.

Why are we looking at the tale of Jacob and Evie? Why is it pertinent to modern day? Why has this connection been dropped? And why can't fans of the series have more content for themselves as opposed to someone who may randomly pick up one of the games?

Let us know where you stand on the [Assassin's Creed](tag:437814) franchise in general and whether you're excited for the release date of Assassin's Creed Syndicate.


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