Ubisoft released a new trailer to explain a bit more of the story behind Assassin's Creed Syndicate, as well as explain how the brother and sister duo of Jacob and Evie Frye will work to take back London from the Templar while establishing their own gang of Assassins.
Anne Lewis from the Ubiblog tossed a few questions to senior producer on Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Francois Pelland, where he explained some of the game's new features and changes compared to previous games in the series.
So for the first time in the series this single-player adventure in the Assassin's Creed franchise will enable players to switch between playing Evie and Jacob as they progress the story. Some of the major changes made in Assassin's Creed Syndicate is that instead of combat being out in the open like some of the other games – especially Assassin's Creed II through Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag – stealth will be even more important than ever before since swords and guns are no longer commonplace in the public eye.
Fitting the industrialized revolution taking place during 1868 in in London, England, there's a gritty, oily look and feel to the brick and steel structure of a city undergoing major changes. This theme is accompanied by the burgeoning gangs and street fisticuffs known to take place within the seedier areas of the city. Ubisoft has decided to alter the way the fighting takes place to make it a bit more personal in this game, removing the sort of puppeteer controls from the previous games and making it a bit more along the lines of a one-on-one affair.
The gang fights in Assassin's Creed Syndicate is just one of the cornerstone features in the game that help define the era and progress. Players will be charged with getting Evie and Jacob to recruit new members to their gang while systematically attempting to deconstruct the rival gangs under the Templar control.
We're briefly teased with some Warriors' style gang brawls near the end of the video, but it wasn't quite as hard hitting or visceral as Rockstar's pure classic from 2005. Hopefully Ubisoft expands on the melee, hand-to-hand combat because right now it looks a little sparse and according to Pelland the hand-to-hand fights will make up for a big part of the combat in this game as opposed to the long-sword fights in previous Assassin's Creed games. In keeping with that theme, the video shows off a few of the new weapons that will be at the disposal of players, including brass knuckles, short knives, canes and pistols.
The new grappling hook also plays a big part in the new game with players being able to scuttle from one building to the next with relative ease. It's about equivalent to Batman's grappling hook... so yeah... if you didn't feel much like Batman in the past couple of Assassin's Creed games then you'll definitely feel like it in this game.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate is due for release on October 23rd for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.