"This better be good, mate"

Assassin's Creed Syndicate was out in force at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, fighting against austerity for the poor people back in the UK. Actually, that's a lie – Ubisoft was merely showing off the latest entry in its stealth series in order to secure a few more pre-orders. Rather than demo some new gameplay footage, however – why would it do that? – it opted for an animated short instead.

To be fair, the clip is pretty cool. It's been directed by Universal Pictures bigwig F. Gary Gray and illustrated by LucasFilm-certified comic book artist Pop Mhan, and it shows the origins of organised crime under the lead of sibling freedom fighters Jacob and Evie Frye. It's well worth a watch if you're a fan of the franchise. Of course, the company can show as many shorts as it likes, but if the game sucks like Unity, then this may well be curtains for the brand.