Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Gameplay Reveal

Well, it’s that time of the year again, kids! That’s right, the new Assassin’s Creed was officially announced. I say officially, because for those who don’t know, plans for this year’s Assassin’s Creed leaked shortly after Unity released last year.

Formally known as Assassin’s Creed: Victory, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate takes place in Victorian London during its Industrial Revolution. This automatically lets us know that there will be plenty of technological advancements in this game that haven’t been seen in past Assassin’s Creed games. But, we’ll get to more on that later.

In place of one protagonist, Syndicate introduces two protagonists: brother and sister, Jacob and Evie Frye. Right off the bat, we can see that there’s an interesting dynamic that’s opposing on its face but it looks like they have somewhat similar personalities and that seems like it could bring about some fun story moments throughout the game. Speaking of story, based off the trailer posted above, it looks as if Syndicate narrative will make the Assassin-Templar conflict revolve around class warfare.

As far as gameplay, Syndicate’s new elements seem to take inspiration from a few games of years’ past. Let’s start with the small things. First, we’re introduced to a “rope launcher,” which came across to me as a grappling hook not unlike that of the Batman: Arkham games. I like the addition of this because it looks as if it will add more speed to the sense of verticality that’s always been part of the series. It also looks as if Syndicate draws inspiration from the Grand Theft Auto series, and this is on two fronts: the ability to switch between protagonists when between missions and the driving and hijacking of other vehicles. The ability to switch between protagonists in your free time is one that’s been adopted as of late; Syndicate seems different as it lets you do the same missions no matter which character you’re playing as. Earlier, I mentioned the driving. The new driving aspect didn’t blow me away as it looked a little slow and it looks like it doesn’t control rather well. And apparently, in this game, there are rules consequences to your driving. Rules like traffic laws that you have to follow and, oh, that whole not murdering people when you get from point A to point B. Naturally, the cops will chase you down if you don’t follow either of those rules. But this is London, so you’ll just get hit with a stick and a stern talking to.

Anyway, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate launches October 23 for PS4, Xbox One and PC for $59.99.

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