This weekend Assassin's Creed Unity voice actor Dan Jeannotte answered questions about his character Arno. The Q&A gave us a lot of information on the French Assassin players will become.
Jeannotte describes Arno as "sharp and sarcastic" guy who constantly questioning authority figures. He's not as duty-driven as, say, Altair. He's a loner who becomes a hero due to circumstances outside his control.
"He starts brash and irresponsible. Through tragedy, he's forced to grow up and fight for what is right."
During his journey he eventually becomes part of the Assassins. He also begins participating in the French Revolution. These events, Jeannotte says, are what inspired Assassin's Creed Unity's title.
"It's about Arno uniting with the Brotherhood and the people of France to fight together against oppressors."
While fighting for a greater cause, Arno will mature. He'll show that there's a big heart underneath all that bravado and wit. Jeannotte says that portraying this transformation was a challenge. It's the sort of problem you want to have as an actor, though.
Arno isn't just battling on behalf of France or the Assassins, though. The story's more personal than that. There's a romantic side to Assassin's Creed Unity. The game has a "complicated love story." Arno is fighting for love and justice, Jeannotte says.
I imagine that the love interest hinted at here is Elise, a noblewoman seen in the new cinematic trailer sent out by Ubisoft this morning. Elise is about to be guillotined by the military when Arno saves her.
Ubisoft says that she's actually a Templar, making her a sworn enemy of the Assassins. However, she forms an "unlikely bond" with Arno after crossing paths with him. This certainly fits the "complicated love story" description Jeannotte provided.
In the E3 gameplay demo from Assassin's Creed Unity, we see Arno fighting against the Revolutionaries he once supported. He comments that the King was "murdered by men just as vile." I wonder whether his relationship with Elise contributes to his falling out with the Revolution.
It sounds like there are going to be a lot of twists and turns to Arno's tale. Ubisoft has said that the game will be easy for series newbies to follow, though. It's a "new start" for the series so you won't need to know about Desmond, Abstergo and the rest of AC history to have a handle on the action.
Assassin's Creed Unity will launch worldwide on October 28th for PS4, Xbox One and PC.