Following its global tour, Ubisoft has confirmed that London will be the backdrop of the next major installment to the Assassin’s Creed franchise. The publisher released a few details about the upcoming game, including a new trailer which you can watch below.
The time-period for the new title will be during London’s Industrial Revolution, a special turning point in the country’s culture when technology started leading people away from the traditional monarchical traditions of the church and state. Describing the game’s unique setting Ubisoft stated, “It’s a time of great technological and philosophical advancement, but it’s also a time of great hardship. The Church and the monarchy are losing power and money is rapidly becoming one of the chief dictators of human behavior. And when money is king, those who have it are the ones in control while those without it are tossed aside and forgotten.”
The publisher also stated that the long-thriving Assassin Brotherhood “has been all but eradicated,” during this time-period, meaning that the Templars are quickly gaining power over the country’s classes. The game’s 1868 setting will have “two young Assassins” attempt to overthrow the powers that stand in London, “with street gangs as their armies and the oppressed masses as their eyes and ears.”
In Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, players explore the largest, most modern open-world city ever created in an Assassin’s Creed game. The fighting is more brutal than ever, as players combat rival gangs and grow their sphere of influence throughout London using new weapons, including brass knuckles, a kukri knife, a revolver and the Assassin’s gauntlet. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate also includes innovative navigation and transportation throughout the open world, including a rope launcher for scaling tall Victorian buildings, zip-lining from rooftop to rooftop or performing aerial assassinations, and horse-drawn carriages and high-speed trains for free-running, tracking down enemies or escaping after daring raids.
“The ability to lead an underground gang, commandeer any vehicle on hand and use modern tools to take on an expansive and fast-paced Victorian London sets this game apart,” said Marc-Alexis Côté, Creative Director at Ubisoft. “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has been in development for more than two years and this new modern take on the living open world will please Assassin’s Creed fans and newcomers alike.”
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be released on the PS4 and Xbox One on October 23. The PC version (which is historically been delayed on a rather consistent basis) will be released this fall.