Ubisoft isn't all about paid microtransactions. In fact, some of the content they have planned for release for Assassin's Creed Syndicate is actually free. They recently announced that there will be two free costumes made available for Assassin's Creed Syndicate, post release.
Over on the Ubisoft blog they made the announcement that both Jacob and Evie Frye will each have a unique outfit. Jacob will get a costume inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The outfit features stitched together fabric and a scruffy, cobbled together bit of patchwork. The costume is called “The Creature's Rag”; it actually looks cool and gives Jacob a sort of I, Frankenstein look that Aaron Eckhart rocked early in the movie.
Evie's outfit is called “Dr. Daniel's Garments”. It's a lot more inspired and unique than her brother's. Essentially it's a steampunk outfit with some pulsating electrodes on the left shoulder. It's probably not very practical for fighting or rolling, but the electricity crackling off the tops looks pretty cool. And at the end of the day, what's the most important part about being an assassin in Assassin's Creed? Looking cool.
Creative director Marc-Alexis Cote commented about the two free DLC outfits, saying...
Our character design team had a lot of fun creating these more fantastical outfits, and we’re happy to share them with everyone completely free, […] We want to thank all of our fans for your passion and support and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on the game on October 23.
Evie's outfit will be made available starting November 3rd while Jacob's outfit will be made available on November 17th.
It's probably a rare treat to have a publisher announce free DLC before a game is released, unless of course it's CD Projekt Red and The Witcher 3. But usually DLC announced before a game comes out is paid DLC or part of a season pass.
Still, two free clothing items isn't really going to make much of a difference if the game isn't that great, so a lot of this will only mean anything if Ubisoft can deliver a worthwhile game.
After the release of Assassin's Creed Unity the publisher has been dealing with a serious decline in the quality of their releases. It's going to be a make-it or break-it moment for Ubisoft to convince the gaming audience that the series still has a quality set of legs to stand on with Assassin's Creed Syndicate.
In this year's iteration of Assassin's Creed the game will take players to the industrial revolution within London, England. The game features a couple of new gameplay mechanics, such as being able to grapple up to buildings and swing across to vertical structures. Guns play a more prominent role in the game now, and Evie has a new ability to turn completely invisible to avoid detection. There's also a new gang mechanic where players can build up their Rooks and use them to fight against other gangs in London, eventually to overthrow the Templar.
I don't know if Ubisoft's free DLC will really win people over but a lot of it depends on how good the actual game is. You can look for Assassin's Creed Syndicate to launch on October 23rd for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.