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Assassin's Creed Unity has gone live. It doesn't have a lot of great stuff worth mentioning, but it does sport a few things worth talking about, such as some of the costumes players will be able to outfit Arno with.
The video was spotted by DSO Gaming from an Italian Assassin's Creed Facebook page. The video isn't all that great because a large majority of it is spent with the player doing some goofy stuff and moving around the environment with no real aim or purpose (for the most part).
We do, however, get to see a few highlights worth mentioning, namely that players can camouflage as NPCs right there on the fly. It's a neat little tactic to trick pursuers, I imagine.
The interior of the buildings are also put on display for a bit. We get to see a few high-class homes and buildings, and it's a serious showcase of the design interiors and the intricate detail that the developers paid to both the time period and the quality of the architecture. Graphics whores might be impressed (assuming the PC version is well optimized).
Now the one thing that stood out the most to me and that looked really, really good was the parkour. Ubisoft has been elevating and upgrading their game on the free-running front since 2007 and it's finally starting to look like a seamless series of natural movements without any of the herky-herky transitions we sometimes see between animation sets in previous Assassin's Creed titles.
There are a few really neat nuances in the way Arno transitions from ledges to platforms that I think really adds to the immersion of the character and his movements. I'm digging it... it looks good.
As for the surprises... I suppose you might want to cover your eyes if you didn't watch the video yet, but there are costumes in the game from previous Assassin's Creed titles. Now I'm not sure if you have to unlock them or what the procedure is there but it's cool that you can unlock the gear from earlier games, including but not limited to Altair's master assassin outfit, as well as Edward's pirate-themed gear. It might make fans mark out seeing the skins in there. You can check them out at around the three minute mark in the video above.
Also, the ambient space music in the customization screen is pretty cool, I like the sci-fi mixture thrown in, but it still doesn't really compare to Jesper Kyd's work on the previous games.
You can look for Assassin's Creed Unity to arrive on store shelves for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, as well as via digital distribution for PC, come October 28th.