After last year’s Unity, which wasn’t a bad game by any means but had a poor launch, gamers certainly have high expectations for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. And judging by this gameplay video released by French video game company Ubisoft, which shows protagonist Evie Frye in action, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is shaping up to be a pretty good game. Evie will be the first playable female character in a major Assassin’s Creed game, after Ubisoft’s earlier Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China spinoff, which also featured a female heroine.
And like in last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Unity, gamers will be able to approach missions in a variety ways. For instance, the gameplay video shows how Evie can ally with a friendly Royal Guard who can escort her to her Templar target in the Tower of London (she pretends to be a prisoner). Evie also makes use of her chameleon ability in this video, allowing her to literally become invisible for a brief period of time and get past patrolling Royal Guards. This focus on stealth carries on from Unity and is definitely a plus, after all, it is logical for assassins to rely on stealth and shadow more than on brute force as in earlier games.
But those who prefer the direct approach will still be able to opt for a frontal assault (as seen in the video) and players will be able to switch between Evie and her brother Jacob (who is more of a straight-talking dude who prefers the direct approach) on the fly as well, which is one of the gameplay innovations in this upcoming Assassin’s Creed game.
All in all, it looks like Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is shaping up to be a pretty good entry in this long-running series, and hopefully Ubisoft will release a solid game that will make gamers forget about Unity’s failings and make them fall in love with the series again.
Note: Players will be able to explore Victorian London in an assassin’s suit on October 23, 2015, which is the release date for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. The game will be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC (the PC version arrives fall 2015).