This November, Ubisoft goes down a very new road for the company, because instead of creating one game for the next-generation consoles leaving Xbox 360 and PS3 fans in the wind, they are now doing a game for each generation: Assassins Creed Unity for the Xbox One/PS4 and Assassins Creed Rogue for the Xbox 360/PS3.
This week I’ll be talking about the next-gen game, Unity. Arno Dorian is the main character for this title.
Born within Versailles (a northern city within France) to a father who was a part of the assassin order, after witnessing his father’s murder while still young, Arno is adopted by François de la Serre
Arno isn’t aware that his new family has quite the stature within the Templar Order, with his adoptive father being the grandmaster.
Arno blames himself when his adoptive father is murdered, and so sets out on a quest of redemption that brings him into the Brotherhood of Assassins.
There, he slowly rises through the ranks to Master Assassin, much like Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad and Ezio Auditore, which means he could also reach the prestigious rank.
What seems to be a reference to the first main character, Altair, Arno has a love interest who is also a Templar by the name of Elise De LaSerre.
She is the biological daughter of Arno’s adoptive father, who wants to find out by leading an investigation to what led to her fathers eventual death and its role in a growing ideological change within the Templar Order that threatens its core values
Arno’s story is set in Paris with the common people becoming more outraged with the aristocrats, which leads to the French Revolution. The Revolution evolves to be an important backdrop to the story.
As with the last few games there has always been a modern-day side to the story as well, and in this game the player will be contacted by the assassins who want the player to help them with uncovering Arno’s past as well as help with present day.
There will be Co-op missions within the multiplayer that will follow the Assassin Brotherhood development in France during the French Revolution
Players will notice that parkour movements, free running movement and fluency is better than before, thanks to next-gen mechanics and improvements.
Players can see these improvements on the E3 trailer that went public and showed the assassins climbing up a wall to cut down the drawbridge with an almost superhuman agility
As before, there will be a familiar arsenal of weapons available to the player, including pistols and swords, along with new additions such as the phantom blade which is also seen in the E3 trailer.
Assassinations will also be even better than before with them being more fluent when you take down a target from stealth zone. If you are running, you will be able to recover faster than before.
Free-running has a faster feel to it than in older games because the mechanics are improved in every game as seen in Black Flag, especially running in a downward fashion. There seems to be even more interior locations with being able to walk through open building and climb in/out of windows when available
You can now – for the first time – play with three of your friends on missions, but these will not be story missions which allows for no connection problems when you want to immerse yourself in the story.
Also there is an improvement to climbing in this game which is a much needed addition when shooters or archers could easily shoot you in Black Flag and make you fall to the ground only to be ambushed.
Like Watch dogs free roam multi-player, when another player sees them it won’t be as the same character even though everyone plays as Arno. Instead, it will be of different looking assassins or NPCs.
Finally, due to a decision by the developers, Unity will be pushed back from October 28 to November 11.
Don’t fret though. This is usually because they feel like they can do more to improve the game even more than it is.
For players who have both current and next generation consoles, you can get both games at the same time, so there will be plenty to keep you busy within the Assassins Creed Universe.