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Liberate Victorian London From Opression in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Today, Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the newest installment in the blockbuster Assassin’s Creed franchise, will be available worldwide on October 23 for PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The Windows PC version will be available this autumn.
Developed by Ubisoft Quebec in collaboration with eight other Ubisoft studios*, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is an epic single player experience set in London during the height of the Industrial Revolution, an incredible age of invention that transforms the lives of millions. During this time, the gap between the poor and the rich expands exponentially, making workers’ lives little more than legalised slavery. The lower classes fight for survival by forming a new kind of family – gangs – and adapting to life in the criminal underworld. Players will embody both Jacob Frye and Evie Frye, twin Assassins raised to follow the Creed. Jacob, a determined, hot-headed and rebellious leader of an underground gang, is vastly different than his sister Evie, a master of stealth and control. Together, Jacob and Evie team up to challenge rivals, plutocrats and Templars alike to free the masses from poverty and corruption, and, ultimately, wrestle back control of London.
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.”
London, 1868. The Industrial Revolution unleashes an incredible age of invention, transforming the lives of millions with technologies once thought impossible. Opportunities created during this period have people rushing to London to engage in this new world, a world no longer controlled by kings, emperors, politicians, or religion, but by a new common denominator: money.
Not everyone is able to enjoy the benefits of this boom, however. Despite fueling the engine of the British Empire, workers’ lives are little more than legalized slavery while the top few percent profit from their labor. Living poor and dying young, the lower class unite in protest as a new kind of family, gangs, who turn to a life in the underworld in their struggle to survive. A struggle, until watchful Assassins come to their side and re-ignite an age-old conflict involving London’s leaders that will echo throughout modern history, from the underground up.
Introducing Jacob Frye, who with the help of his twin sister Evie, will change the fate of millions in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Rise to rally and lead the underworld to break the corrupt stranglehold on London in a visceral adventure filled with action, intrigue, and brutal combat.
• The first Assassin at the birth of of the modern age – As the brash, rebellious Jacob Frye, put up your dukes and take enemies on with lightning-fast multikills and countermoves. Use improved stealth tactics to elude your enemies and unleash your arsenal of weapons, including the kukri knife, brass knuckles, and sword cane. Utilize new technology like the rope launcher to scale buildings in seconds and take your enemies by surprise.
• Traverse the fast-paced world of industrial London – From Buckingham Palace to Big Ben, fight and triumph across the massive open world of Victorian London. Parkour across moving vehicles to track down enemies or escape after a daring raid, hijack carriages to engage in a no-holds-barred street race, or blaze a trail of destruction aboard steamboats along the River Thames.
• Take over the London Underworld – With Jacob as the leader, gamers can establish Great Britain’s fiercest gang, the only force that can challenge the elite and defeat rival gangs to bring freedom to the oppressed masses. Enemy strongholds can be infiltrated by using an arsenal of weapons to dominate London’s underworld. From robbing trains to rescuing child laborers, players will stop at nothing to bring justice to London’s dangerous streets.
• Master the art of stealth as Evie Frye – Play as Jacob’s twin sister Evie, a relentless Assassin who has perfected the silent, swift, invisible strike. Parkour across London’s immense open world using your status in London’s leading gang to change the city for the better.
Q. What is the backdrop of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate?
A. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate takes place in London towards the end of the Industrial Revolution, in 1868.The Industrial Revolution unleashed an incredible age of invention, transforming the lives of millions with technologies once thought impossible.
During this time the gap between the working class and the rich widened dramatically, making workers’ lives a little more than legalized slavery. Living poor and dying young, the working class unite in protest as a new kind of family, gangs, who turn to a life in the underworld in their struggle to survive.
A struggle, until watchful Assassins come to their side and re-ignite an age-old conflict that will echo throughout modern history, from the underground up.
Q. Why did you decide on the Industrial Revolution for the setting of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate? Why is it an important period in history?
A. Assassin’s Creed games are always set in pivotal moment of history and The Industrial Revolution completely changed the world. Although the new game takes place only seventy years after the French Revolution featured in Assassin’s Creed Unity, it is as though a thousand years have passed. In this short period of time, technological breakthroughs enabled humanity to evolve from a medieval society into the modern world we know today.
Technology has progressed. It’s a leap forward for mankind, and similarly for the world of Assassin’s Creed. It opens up a whole new set of dynamics and opportunities for the player.
Q. Why ”Syndicate”?
A. We named the game Assassin’s Creed Syndicate because during the Industrial Revolution people would band together to defend their common interests in what we would call syndicates.
Q. Can you give us more details about the locations featured in the game?
A. From Big Ben to Saint Paul’s Cathedral or across the River Thames towards Waterloo Station, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate brings Victorian London to life as a massive open world full of activities. Players will also discover the lesser knows parts of London as Assassin’s Creed Syndicate reproduces some of the notorious slums of the city during the Victorian era.
Q. Who is the new hero?
A. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate tells the story of Jacob Frye, who with the help of his twin sister Evie, will help free the masses from oppression. Together they will rally and lead the underworld to break the corrupt stranglehold on London in a visceral adventure filled with action, intrigue, and brutal combat.
Jacob is a charismatic brawler and will become the leader of the notorious street gang, The Rooks. With the help of Evie, he will fight to give London back to the people. Jacob is a hand-to-hand combat expert. On his left-hand is the Assassin gauntlet with a poison dart that can takedown enemies from a distance, as well as the new all-new rope launcher, which is instrumental to crossing London’s wide traffic-ridden streets, or quickly getting to the top of the massive buildings. And of course, the Assassin’s trusty hidden blade. On his right-hand is a pair of brass knuckles. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will feature the return of multi-kills, as Jacob lavishly takes down groups of opponents at once.
Evie is a critical part of Syndicate’s story. While Jacob is more hot headed, brash and rebellious, Evie is a master of stealth. Players will be able to choose between playing as Jacob or Evie in the Open World but on the narrative path, some missions will require playing as either Jacob or Evie. We’re looking forward to sharing more about her in the coming months.
Q. In Assassin’s Creed Syndicate players will experience the birth of the modern age. How does gameplay reflect modernity?
A. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will take the player to the doorstep of the modern age and this modernity will reflect in core gameplay pillars. You’ll experience the advent of electricity, traffic congestion, steam-powered trains, and brawling street gangs.
Players will experience the whole new rope launcher to help them scale the tall buildings of London or zip line from rooftop to rooftop. Players can also take the reins of a horse and carriage or take the train since railways started in London in the 19th century, or even parkour on carts. Navigation has significantly improved thanks to technological advances of the era.
In London in 1868, nobody walked around narrow alleys with giant broadswords anymore. It’s the era of concealed weapons and gang fights were more common, so we altered our fight system to focus on melee weapons for close combat. We also enhanced the multi-target system to allow gamers to choose their opponent when facing a large group. The combat feels more brutal, violent and dirty.
In addition to having more crowds to blend in with, players will also have vehicles to hide in, such as carriages and trains.
Q. Which studios are involved in this new opus?
A. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is being developed by Ubisoft Quebec in collaboration with eight other Ubisoft studios: Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Singapore, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Montpellier, Reflections, a Ubisoft studio, Ubisoft Chengdu, Ubisoft Shanghai and Ubisoft Kiev.
Q. When will Assassin’s Creed Syndicate release?
A. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be available worldwide on October 23, 2015 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Windows PC version will be available in fall 2015.
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