Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is an upcoming historical action-adventure open world stealth video game being developed by Ubisoft Quebec and to be published by Ubisoft. It is set to be released on October 23, 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and Q3/Q4 2015 for Microsoft Windows. It is the ninth major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series, and the successor to 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Unity.
A tale of brotherhood (and sisterhood) set against a backdrop of criminal enterprise, Syndicate looks to be one jolly good time. Buggy-top brawls, exploding trains, refined sneaking, and a tale of two siblings at its heart we’ve seen it with our own eyes, and spoken with the development team (namely Creative Director Marc-Alexis Cote and Senior Producer Francois Pelland), and we have more to show you than you can shake a classy gold cane at. So enough of the small talk, let’s get to the good stuff.
It will also be the first main entry in the series to feature a playable female protagonist. Male lead Jacob Frye is meant to be more of a hot-headed brawler, specialized in close combat, while his twin sister Evie is strong in stealth and relies on her intelligence and wit. The Assassins’ main weapons this time around include brass knuckles, a compact revolver, a cane sword and the traditional Nepalese curved kukri knife and combat is faster-paced than before with latency having been cut in half and multiple enemies attacking the player at once. Additionally new travelling systems make their debut in the game, such as a rope launcher which allows the player to rappel up structures as well as create a zip-line between buildings, and carriages, which can all be piloted or simply occupied by the player and trains.
There’s a twist though, because it turns out that the Assassins aren’t doing so well – by the time Jacob and Evie hit town, the English Assassin Order has been destroyed and the Templars run the city unchallenged. Since they can’t hope to compete with the Templars in their current state, the Frye siblings start from the bottom, building their own gang to take control of the city’s criminal underbelly. It represents a shift toward the modern world as we know it, when factory-scale production and scientific breakthroughs catapulted humanity toward a techno-powered future with London at its center. But not everybody fared so well, because as underpaid factory jobs became standard for the working class, poverty, sickness, and all-around misery among all but the city’s richest skyrocketed. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and it’s the perfect time for the Assassins to show up.
The game is set to be released worldwide on October 23, 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and in Q3/Q4 2015 for Microsoft Windows.