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Sacré Bleu! You'll Be Travelling to Paris in the Next Assassin's Creed

Posted by Sammy Barker

It's a Seine

Ubisoft’s globetrotting historical franchise Assassin’s Creed is set to come inland for its next instalment, as Kotaku has got its gloved mitts on some leaked screenshots from the series’ supposed next entry. Currently codenamed Unity, the images – which you can point your powdered eyes at throughout this article – prove that the product is at least partly set in 18th-century Paris, with landmarks such as the Seine River and Notre Dame on display.

Due out later this year, this is apparently one of two titles set to wear the franchise’s famous moniker this Christmas. According to the abovementioned publication’s super secret sources, the pictured release will deploy on the PlayStation 4, while a second game currently dubbed Comet will arrive on the PlayStation 3. This move is supposedly designed to free the next-gen title from the limitations of ageing hardware, but is unlikely to quell complaints about the property being overexposed.

According to an Examiner editor – who leaked Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag last year – Unity will be set during the French revolution, and will feature a new hero named Arno. It will also supposedly put a focus on four-player co-op, which perhaps tallies with insinuations made by Ubisoft employee Jean-Sebastien Decant last year. “I think that we're going toward a gaming place where the open world will be shared with other players,” he said, adding that the franchise’s next title will represent a real step forward.

The images show a game that’s clearly still in early development, but one interesting thing to note is the addition of ‘Parkour Up’ and ‘Parkour Down’ button prompts. Apparently, these are part of a new series navigation mechanic, which will make its debut with this game. Are you intrigued by the setting, or are you getting tired of Ubisoft’s annualised adventures? Pray that there are no eavesdropping objectives in the comments section below.

[via kotaku.com]

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User Comments (29)

Splat

#1

Splat said:

I feel like there is a "new" AC game coming out every other week.

irken004

#3

irken004 said:

Paris might be an interesting setting, but I too am getting burnt out by the series. I've barely touched AC4 yet.

Kayoss

#4

Kayoss said:

assassins creed = to Call of duty
A game every year with not much difference except for locations and timeline.

get2sammybAdmin

#5

get2sammyb said:

Yeah, I'm afraid this does nothing for me either. I quite enjoyed the stealth in Assassin's Creed IV, but the best part about that game was the sailing stuff. I think I'm burnt out, too.

N711

#6

N711 said:

Maybe interesting if its truly next gen. I like good graphics

ztpayne7

#7

ztpayne7 said:

I'm definitely interested. Not sure how the series is supposed to advance gameplay wise from black flag to this.

Madd_Hatter401

#8

Madd_Hatter401 said:

Black flag was so refreshingly good.. I feel like this will be this will be a real step backwards. Its gonna be hard to top being a pirate.

JayMiller1988

#9

JayMiller1988 said:

Two Assassin's Creeds? Despite me being skeptical about releasing two games from the same friggen series, I'll be buying both (despite me not having a PS4).

Really hyped to see if it's Unity is really a Next-Gen experience.

Tasuki

#10

Tasuki said:

@Splat: Agree

Honestly I will pass on this one the setting holds no interest for me. I admit the last two AC games for me it was all about the setting. And AC IV it was all about the ship stuff. If I do pick up this one it will be from the bargain bin and I have nothing else to play at the time.

SimonAdebisi

#11

SimonAdebisi said:

Conquistadors was a previous suggestion of mine, I would have preferred that or a Shogun Era AC. This in my opinion will be a franchise flop.

ShogunRokAdmin

#13

ShogunRok said:

The series is in desperate need of an overhaul. ACIV was great, but mainly because of its pirate-based content. Absolutely heaps of fun. But, especially after that, if Ubisoft go back to a game that's purely stealth-based in a sandbox environment, it's going to feel like a massive step backwards. In that regard, it feels like the developers have worked themselves into a corner.

Also, the first thing I noticed about these screens is how slender the player character is.

charlesnarles

#14

charlesnarles said:

@ShogunRok seemed like 4 tried to renew things like another new protagonist, the sailing involvement, and entertainment company angle, but I don't think it worked. Too tongue in cheek to have emails discussing possible future settings inside one of the games. Idk what could be next, especially outside the animus, maybe you're a girl again in this one. 4's controls blew, so I hope they didn't make it even more different from AC1's low/high-profile and "puppeteer" button scheme.

ToddlerNaruto

#15

ToddlerNaruto said:

I'll purchase both games eventually, but only after their prices have both dropped down to $30 New or cheaper on Amazon.

Tasuki

#17

Tasuki said:

@ShogunRok: What I have gathered is that Desmond's story ended after AC III and honestly that should have been the end of the series but then everyone loved the ship combat in III so it go them thinking hey let's make a pirate based one, which was fine. The fact now that it seems that they want to go back to the roots of the franchise puzzles me especially if Desmond's story is over. I think now they are just milking the series and it's time for them to move on.

iSolipsistJudas

#18

iSolipsistJudas said:

Unless there's a great story mode to this one, I will not be getting this one. I stopped playing after AC3

Bliquid

#19

Bliquid said:

French revolution is a good setting for me.
I wish they give a Bioware coat of paint to this one.
Like, more intrigues and less action, and make an assassination moment really rare and special.
That's why i liked Ezio, because he made me feel the needle in an intricate web of conspiracies.
Late episodes slaughterfest is very old, now.
TL,DR: put more roleplaying in it.

Gamer83

#20

Gamer83 said:

If the four-player co-op is the focus I'm out. I don't mind multiplayer but I'm more for a good single player experience. Assuming Batman: Arkham Knight remains on track for this year, this new AC will be put on the back burner unless more stuff gets revealed that really surprises me.

Gamer83

#21

Gamer83 said:

@Tasuki

They are milking the franchise but it's still selling well. Also, Watch Dogs is a massive question mark right now. I think it'd be easier to entertain thoughts of giving AC a break if WD was a sure thing, but lets face it, that game looks like complete crap.

Tasuki

#24

Tasuki said:

@Gamer83: Man that is so true about WD right now. I was so hyped for this game and now I am not even sure I want to rent it.

Gamer83

#25

Gamer83 said:

@Tasuki

I had the game pre-ordered, it was going to be one of my first three with Killzone and Injustice but then it got delayed. That killed some of the hype, then I saw some recent footage and I really don't know how Ubisoft plans to sell this one. Maybe as we get closer to May 27, things change and it actually looks like a game worth spending $60, but I'm not expecting that.

Ali247

#26

Ali247 said:

I think the 18th century is a little late I believe it would be much better in the 15 or 1600s

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