Ubisoft Enters the Chaos and Brutality of the French Revolution with Assassin’s Creed Unity

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed has essentially become a yearly franchise now. However, the difference is that each of the Assassin’s Creed titles have offered something a little different and have taken the series to different periods in history that kept them interesting. The next version is the first to be developed for this generation of consoles, Assassin’s Creed Unity. It will be out on October 28th worldwide for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. Ubisoft Montreal is the lead developer, but nine of Ubisoft’s other studios are pitching in to help complete it.

Unity is set during the 1789 French Revolution, and Ubisoft says it will feature the densest and more immersive city ever created for the series. Using the new Anvil engine, there will be a reinvented fighting system and new cover/crowd manipulation techniques. For the first time four player co-op will be a feature, and skills and gear acquired in single player can be used in co-op. Even though Assassin’s Creed titles are released so frequently, this one sounds like it has a lot of ambition and I’m excited to see how it turns out.

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft announced that the next installment of the 76 million unit-selling Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed Unity, will be released worldwide on October 28. Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released on Xbox One video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and PC.

Assassin’s Creed Unity is being developed by the veteran Assassin’s Creed team in Ubisoft Montreal with support from nine Ubisoft studios around the world*. Set in a once-magnificent Paris, Assassin’s Creed Unity plunges into the terror of the 1789 French Revolution and features the most dense and immersive Assassin’s Creed city ever created. Through the streets of Paris, the starving inhabitants are set to take up arms for freedom and equality. In this time of chaos and brutality, a young man named Arno, wounded by the loss of those he loved, sets on a deadly path of redemption. Arno’s pursuit throws him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation, and transforms him into a true Master Assassin.

Assassin’s Creed Unity reinvents the franchise, starting with the core gameplay pillars that have defined the series from the beginning: navigation, stealth and combat. Players will carve their way through a stunning, full-scale open-world Paris, thanks to the power of the new Anvil engine, rebuilt from the ground up for new generation consoles. Assassin’s Creed Unity gives players full control parkour mechanics, a reinvented fighting system for a richer combat experience, a new stealth mode, cover system and crowd manipulation techniques. Players can channel their inner Assassin, customizing weapons, equipment, outfits and specialized skills to match their play style.

In addition to the sprawling single-player campaign, players can join with up to three friends and take part in story-driven online co-op missions designed specifically for Assassins to play together. Skills and unique gear acquired in the single-player missions will be accessible in co-op and will define a player’s personalized Assassin’s style, whether emphasizing brute force, agility or stealth. Players also will select a unique co-op skill that will help the team survive, evade or fight more effectively to the benefit of the team.

In North America, gamers can purchase the Assassin’s Creed Unity Collector’s Edition. The premium collector’s edition includes the new Assassin Arno as a lifelike 16” figurine poised atop an iconic gargoyle, a music box which plays a remixed version of the Assassin’s Creed Unity theme, the official soundtrack, an art book and two in-game missions.

Players who pre-order Assassin’s Creed Unity will receive 2 bonus offers. The first is an exclusive single player mission, The Chemical Revolution, offering 30 minutes of additional gameplay. During this mission the player will help Lavoisier the “Father of Modern Chemistry” to escape from his kidnappers and recover his poison bomb formula.

The second is access to the Guillotine Spin to Win Game. Every Friday through launch, consumers have a chance to win a new, incredible prize and receive five more spins and more chances to win. For a chance to win, consumers can go to AssassinsCreed.com/play and spin the Guillotine wheel and to try to hit the jackpot.

 

Potential prizes include:

Exotic trips – Paris, Ubisoft Montreal, Comic-Con
Games and digital content
Exclusive apparel and gear
Home Entertainment Systems
And more

Ubisoft also announced the Assassin’s Creed Unity Phantom Blade, a life-size replica of Arno’s new signature weapon. This limited-run collectible designed by the award-winning McFarlane Toys features a functional hidden blade, retractable crossbow arms, and a soft firing dart. Players can display this as part of their collection or wear it to complete the ultimate Assassin look. The Phantom Blade will be available while supplies last in select countries on October 28. It is priced at $59.99 USD in the United States.

For more information on Assassin’s Creed, please visit: assassinscreed.com and facebook.com/assassinscreed.

For the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, visit the UbiBlog: http://www.ubiblog.com

* The following studios are working on Assassin’s Creed Unity: Ubisoft Montreal (lead), Ubisoft Toronto, Ubisoft Québec, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Montpellier, Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Kiev, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Chengdu Ubisoft Singapore.

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