Assassin's Creed Unity Screenshots Show Teamwork And Bloodshed In Paris
If you want to see more of Assassin's Creed Unity's depiction of Paris, Ubisoft has just what you need. They've sent out a new batch of screenshots with diverse locations throughout the city.
Assassin's Creed Unity creative director Alex Amancio said that they chose Paris over other potential settings because it brings the series back to its roots.
"We wanted to make sure to go back to our core values, and that's all about the large urban center," Amancio told UbiBlog. "It's arguably the most beautiful city in the world and it's rich in history."
The game takes place during the French Revolution, during which the country's lower classes rebelled against the monarchy and nobility. Paris was the focal point of this conflict. The screenshots show exactly why the poor would be disgruntled. They live in mud-drenched slums, a far cry from the opulent estates of the rich.
The French Revolution eventually spirals out of control. During the Reign of Terror, the new revolutionary government executes thousands of people for dubious reasons. Ubisoft felt that the Revolution would be a great backdrop for the personal struggles of new Assassin Arno.
"We use the French Revolution as a metaphor for many of the narrative beats in Arno's story, which is essentially a redemption quest. We really wanted to steer away from having a game about the French Revolution because if you start doing that, you become a prisoner of the setting and the content."
Dan Jeannotte, voice actor for Arno, revealed this week that the Assassin's tale includes a "complicated love story." His apparent love interest is the Templar Elise, who we met in the new cinematic trailer. The Templars and Assassins' centuries-old war will continue behind-the-scenes of the French Revolution.
Arno will encounter many well-known figures from the French Revolution era in his journey. Amancio mentions Marie Antoinette, Napoleon and his wife Josephine de Beauharnais as examples. Depraved nobleman Marquis de Sade, a character I previously speculated could be in the game, will be making an appearance as well.
Some of the screenshots show Arno working with another Assassin. Assassin's Creed Unity will be the first game in the series to feature story-driven, four-player co-op. Players team up in Brotherhood Missions that showcase additional historical characters. These missions can also be tackled alone if you wish.
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