Ubisoft has announced the next instalment of the Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, originally leaked last December as Assassin’s Creed Victory, will be set in Victorian-era London. The Industrial Revolution has lifted the British population from the dark ages to the modern era, where the country is dominated by coal, iron and steam. However, even with these advancements, inequality is still rife within the country in regard to both wealth and health. Syndicate will feature two playable characters who are twins: Jacob and Evie Frye. Jacob, according to Ubisoft, is a “more hot headed, brash and rebellious” figure, whereas his sister, Evie, is said to be more of “a relentless Assassin” and “a master of stealth”. Syndicate, unlike its predecessor, will not include multiplayer; it will only be single player. Ubisoft claims that the decision was made so the Quebec team could “focus on creating the biggest city based open-world that we’ve ever had for an Assassin’s Creed game”. Furthermore, Syndicate’s London will be 30% bigger than Unity’s map and will consist of 6 boroughs: Westminster, the Strand, the City of London, Whitechapel, Southwark, and Lambeth. The Thames will also play a major part in the game, acting as the major entry and exit point for the beating heart of the Empire. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will release worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 23rd, and later in ”autumn” for the PC version.
Ubisoft will have to be careful here. After Unity the popular opinion on the Assassin’s Creed franchise is not too great. However, I am curious to see how this plays out. I already have some knowledge of Britain during this era (more so than any other setting in the Assassin’s Creed franchise) and I can’t wait to see how they manage to capture a realistic setting as well as making an awesome game. I must admit though, I am not the biggest fan of the name; I much prefer Victory.