Published on May 13th, 2015 | by Mica Rose0
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Announced
Assassin’s Creed is heading to London
Assassin’s Creed games have fallen into a pattern of steady releases, with at least one, if not two (looking at you Assassin’s Creed Rogue) games published a year. It’s difficult to maintain the momentum and interest in games released in this manner, with the likes of FIFA and Call of Duty pulling it off because of their giant core fanbases.
Assassin’s Creed is a little different though – it’s a series of different stories throughout history weaved together through the present day use of the Animus and Abstergo Industries. They have much more of a challenge to hold the audience’s attention year after year. This is great for us, however, as they are motivated to produce fresh and original takes on the format, and it looks like Syndicate will achieve that.
In a franchise where the world, and history within it, is its oyster, I’m glad Assassin’s Creed has finally made its way to Victorian London, 1868. There is no era I can think of that is quite as gritty and full of interesting characters – both fictional and real.
The trailer is very interesting; it shows a new take on the fight the Creed is facing. It’s not just power and corrupt politicians they’re fighting against, it’s the money men and the poverty they have perpetuated. This is something which the modern gamer can relate much more to than the pirates, popes and princes of the previous games.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will follow a new Assassin, Jacob Frye and (not mentioned in the trailer) his twin sister Evie. Jacob has a very unique and fitting style about him, whilst still maintaining the iconic Assassin hood in combat, he smoothly switches to his tatty top hat.
There is a wealth of history in the era that I really hope Syndicate takes advantage of, and knowing the series and the integration of the Borgias and Da Vinci from past games, I’m confident that they will. Pre-order bonuses have already been announced which will feature bonus missions centred around history’s favourite Charlies: Darwin and Dickens. The bonus content will feature two conspiracy missions based around helping and protecting the writer and the scientist, something which as a fan of both I am very much looking forward to.
Other characters I would love to see included are Sherlock Holmes – the era is almost synonymous with the super sleuth and the set up of the Assassin’s Creed games is a perfect fit for his character. Jack the Ripper (depending on how late the time line runs) and Sweeney Todd (depending on how early) would be fantastic gruesome additions to the world I’d like to see included, the former being more likely.
The trailer definitely gives a Robin Hood feel to the narrative, it is suggested heavily that Jacob will be stealing (and beating up) the rich to give to the poor, and though Altair, Ezio, Connor, Edward and Arno have always seemed sympathetic to the downtrodden masses they all have higher priorities which took a different approach to helping them.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is due to release on October 23rd on Xbox One and PS4 and is available for pre-order now.
What do you think consumers? Are you as eager for the next instalment of Assassin’s Creed as I am? Let us know in the comments!
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