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Dead Kings could be a peek into the future for Assassin’s Creed

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Arno is the latest character to take up tomb raiding

Assassin’s Creed Unity might not have been my most disappointing game of last year, but it was pretty damn lacklustre. Gameplay issues aside, the game was an embarrassing collection of bugs and performance issues, which eventually led Ubisoft to giving away DLC for free. The first big expansion for Unity, titled Dead Kings, is out next week, and it could show off the future of the franchise.

That’s because Dead Kings has been developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, a completely different team to the one who developed Unity. They’re not the ones behind the leaked Assassin’s Cree Victory, but any new ideas they bring to the table could influence developer Ubisoft Quebec. They’re still working in Unity’s mess of an engine, but the way Montpellier tackles mission design and story could be a good indicator for the future of the series.

Dead Kings will throw Arno into the underbelly of Basilica, a home to numerous dead French Kings in 1794 Saint Denis. It’s set after the events of Unity, with Arno having to face off against new Raider enemies and utilise new weapons such as the Guillotine gun. From the trailer below it looks like a grotesque combination of an execution axe and long rifle, which looks horribly bulky in a fight. I will be sorely disappointed if it doesn’t shoot decapitating blades though.

All Assassin’s Creed Unity owners will be able to download the five hour DLC expansion free on January 13th, with more content coming in the following months.

*Update: The original article indicated that Ubisoft Montpillier were the team behind the leaked Assassin’s Creed Victory, although this is in fact Ubisoft Quebec. The article has been changed to reflect this error, and I’ve been sent an Atlas for my birthday. Apologies for any confusion.

Last Updated: January 7, 2015

25 Comments

  1. They’ll make up their cash they lost with this free DLC with in-game purchases WITHIN the DLC itself.

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  2. Ghost In The Rift

    January 7, 2015 at 11:00

    Shit ill never keep up with these AC games,im still on 3

    Ill skip Assassins Creed King of Bugs for a while

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    • Marc O Polo

      January 7, 2015 at 11:03

      didnt enjoy AC3, one of the few games i never finished, black flag was pretty cool though

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      • ToshZA

        January 7, 2015 at 11:39

        I’m really enjoying Black Flag atm.

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        • Marc O Polo

          January 8, 2015 at 11:21

          would have been cool if you could co-op those fucking legendary ships… those things are kicking my ass

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  3. Hammersteyn

    January 7, 2015 at 11:03

    Been playing Black Flag most of December. Even that still has bugs :/

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    • Ghost In The Rift

      January 7, 2015 at 11:09

      I think Ubisoft needs to hire Bear Grills:/

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 7, 2015 at 11:11

        Indeed, after he’s finished with the Ubisoft bugs he can have a nice glass of piss from the gamers.

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        • Ghost In The Rift

          January 7, 2015 at 11:31

          HAHA sies fok man

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          • Hammersteyn

            January 7, 2015 at 11:32

            What? That’s what he drinks 😛

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 7, 2015 at 11:42

            I can only imagine.

    • Aries

      January 7, 2015 at 11:50

      Me2, though it still runs very decent, hardly encounter bugs, just need to finish it now again

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 7, 2015 at 12:04

        Sometimes when I board a ship I fall through the deck and I’m stuck inside. But it’s still tons of fun.

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        • Aries

          January 7, 2015 at 12:40

          Lol, thats never happen to me, but my first play through the trophies didnt register but still love the game

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    • Brady miaau

      January 7, 2015 at 16:19

      sooooo tempted to buy it for the Xbox One

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 7, 2015 at 16:22

        It’s tons of fun. Swashbuckling on your ship and all. Sailing around and plundering.

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  4. HairyEwok

    January 7, 2015 at 11:25

    Ive noticed now in the trailer that Xbone and PC is on the 13th of Jan and PS4 on the 14th. Why would PS4 be a day later?

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    • Anon A Mouse

      January 7, 2015 at 11:37

      It’s an Xbone exclusive ;P

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  5. Mossel

    January 7, 2015 at 11:26

    When I saw the header I thought for a moment it was Dishonored.

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 7, 2015 at 11:28

      Which was a decent game unlike this.

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  6. Johann

    January 7, 2015 at 11:30

    Busy with Rogue at the moment and it seems to be a much better game, although old gen, than Unity. Think I’ll give Unity a skip

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  7. Spaffy

    January 7, 2015 at 11:41

    You know Ubi F’d up if they give stuff away “for free”

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  8. PsyChoPanthis

    January 7, 2015 at 11:51

    People are still interested in AC? After it’s been butchered this hard?
    Keep flogging that dead horse, Ubi…

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    • Marc O Polo

      January 8, 2015 at 11:23

      i agree, stop the franchise for like 3 years, come out with a brilliant one and maybe they have a chance of rescuing the franchise

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