Assassin’s Creed Syndicate takes aim at the heart of imperialism

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate might change up the typical formula of the franchise thanks to having two lead characters who are so very different. Then again, it might end up feeling like more of the same. While I’m keen to play it, I know that I might be in the minority. However, it looks like it might be telling an interesting story this time around, particularly in how London is being used to shape it.

Senior producer François Pelland spoke to Official Xbox Magazine about the Victorian era Assassin’s Creed. In particular, he was asked how the Thames, which divides London, could still be used to feel cohesive.

We treat the Thames almost as its own borough in a way, because it really does have its own story, it has its own way of functioning, I should say. Without getting into too much detail too far in advance, we knew we needed to be true to what the purpose of the river Thames was back then. London was controlling a quarter of the population of the entire world. It was the centre of the industrial production of the world. So it was a key port, with boats shipping production in and out. We’ll be going into more detail about this later.

Could this mean that missions on the Thames could actually impact the Industrial Revolution and the age of imperialism? We already know that there are missions to overthrow evil capitalists, making it out like the assassins are really just a bunch of socialists, but I’m curious how this will play into the larger story. Could we see further exploration of the ideological themes of the period, or does it even matter? It’s all just an excuse to stab people and hide their bodies in conveniently placed hay stacks.

Last Updated: September 7, 2015

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