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How gameplay will be different with two assassins in AC: Syndicate

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AC Syndicate

I know people are wary of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed. Much like my hesitation following ACIII, Unity has made even die-hard fans uneasy about the upcoming Assassin’s Creed. But it will be different from what we’ve seen before, and the feminine touch might be just what the franchise needed.

While we don’t know how switching will work in AC: Syndicate, we have confirmation that you’ll be able to play as both, and that their gameplay will be different.

“Jacob and Evie represent a different side of the English persona,” says Creative Director Marc-Alexis Cote. “Jacob is a charismatic brawler. He’s going to be the leader of London’s criminal underworld. Evie is much stealthier. She’s really, really intelligent and witty. One of the things I really like about our two characters is how they bounce off each other.”

I can already tell you that I’ll prefer to play as Evie. I like stealthier, witty and intelligent characters more than the brawlers as a general rule. Plus, combat in Assassin’s Creed still isn’t getting me particularly excited – I always preferred sneaking my way around and killing everyone in secret rather than jumping into open combat anyway. However, it’s still cool that there will be different assassins for different play styles – rather than totally changing load outs like in Unity, players can tweak the different, specialised assassins at their disposal.

By removing multiplayer from the game, the franchise hopes to return to the roots of what made it great. Players will be able to make use of the two assassins as well as entire gangs of support, so you won’t be totally alone in the game. I’m really happy about this change as the multiplayer/co-op was typically the weakest part of the experience and felt totally superfluous to the core experience.

According to the explanation, “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be making its way onto PS4 and Xbox One on October 23 and PC this fall.” This is the usual time for AC games to launch, but it’s interesting that they’re staggering the console and PC launch. Hopefully this time they can release the game on PC without it being broken at launch.

In the same way that ACC: China learned from games like Mark of the Ninja, it seems that AC: Syndicate is learning from the 2.5D stealth game genre as well. With a rope for climbing, the ability to use throwing knives as distractions as well as environmental take downs, at least there will be some new innovations mixed in with the familiar gameplay of Assassin’s Creed. We still don’t know much about how it all fits in with the overall narrative, but I’m liking what I’ve seen thus far. If this is where the game is now in pre-Alpha, they should be able to make it something much better in time for launch. Right? Please don’t disappoint me again Ubisoft…

Last Updated: May 13, 2015

51 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief

    May 13, 2015 at 09:13

    See now that I have a problem with. AC have these interesting characters and ideas and settings and weapons and combat etc, but come release day it is a broken mess.

    I really want to support them, but I’d rather read about the story than slog through it

    Reply

  2. Dutch Matrix

    May 13, 2015 at 09:15

    It would have been nice if Mr Ice Cool there would have given up his chair to the lady. Gamergate

    Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    May 13, 2015 at 09:15

    I’d like to think that this bands name best describes a gamer when they hear news about Ubisoft. Incidentally this song is featured on GTA San Andreas and would be a welcome addition to Guitar hero.

    Reply

    • 20twelve

      May 13, 2015 at 14:44

      Winning.

      Reply

  4. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    May 13, 2015 at 09:15

    Nothx… This will be broken AND uPlaids will be there to kill your soul.

    Reply

  5. Dutch Matrix

    May 13, 2015 at 09:18

    Call of Creed? No thanks.

    Reply

  6. Dutch Matrix

    May 13, 2015 at 09:22

    Guys, I seriously need some happy today… I think my Happy Pills turned into Unhappy Pills…

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 13, 2015 at 09:23

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 13, 2015 at 09:41

        Hey penguin, let’s go clubbing!

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          May 13, 2015 at 09:50

          *Hands you Seal of approval

          Reply

        • Dutch Matrix

          May 13, 2015 at 09:53

          Isn’t that what Heidi Klum said to her ex (I Think) husband??

          Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      May 13, 2015 at 09:25

      • Dutch Matrix

        May 13, 2015 at 09:54

        Cute. But I am a dog person 🙁

        Reply

    • RinceTriss

      May 13, 2015 at 09:25

      Umm. Happy thoughts? Well, I just got my stickers back from the printer’s. You know those stupid white stickers of family that people put on the back of their windscreen? I made Guardians of the Galaxy ones! Now Groot is my brother! Is a very nice, yes?!

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        May 13, 2015 at 09:26

        I must see this!

        Reply

        • RinceTriss

          May 13, 2015 at 09:35

          Lol. I’ll take a pic later today when I put them on.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief

            May 13, 2015 at 09:50

            If this last two comments were taking out of context, it would have been really weird…
            (‘I must see this!’ followed by ‘I’ll take a pic later today when I put them on’)

            Oh internet

          • Dutch Matrix

            May 13, 2015 at 09:51

            Do not blame the internet for your desire to see Rince’s Triss!

          • RinceTriss

            May 13, 2015 at 09:59

            Keep your hands of the Triss!

      • Hammersteyn

        May 13, 2015 at 09:30

        I bet you’re Rocket. Imarite?

        Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 13, 2015 at 09:41

        My colleague took a phone of one of those stickers he saw the other day, it was a guy with a chain saw running after a family haha.

        Reply

        • Dutch Matrix

          May 13, 2015 at 09:42

          SO how is that sticker meant to phone now????

          Reply

        • RinceTriss

          May 13, 2015 at 09:59

          OvG saw one the other day of a man and woman holding hands with a bubble that had ‘Me and YOUR MOM’ inside. HAHAHAHA

          Reply

        • RinceTriss

          May 13, 2015 at 10:00

          PS. I think stealing a phone of those stickers is thievery… 0_O

          Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 13, 2015 at 09:27

      • Admiral Chief

        May 13, 2015 at 09:32

        Bwahaha

        Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        May 13, 2015 at 09:44

        I love how after most of the failures they go “Aargh that hurt”…What were you expecting, falling on your face usually involves quite a lot of pain…

        Reply

      • Dutch Matrix

        May 13, 2015 at 09:47

        Too bad I cannot watch this… http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/seal-sad-look-1854215.jpg
        You make Sad Seal Sad

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          May 13, 2015 at 09:50

          Oh crap…..sorry

          Reply

  7. RinceTriss

    May 13, 2015 at 09:22

    Am I the only one bored to death of AC?

    Reply

    • Dutch Matrix

      May 13, 2015 at 09:22

      Nope.

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 13, 2015 at 09:25

      At least they’re trying something new with two protagonists. But yeah. We now had the big reveal, then comes E3,screen shots,more videos, season pass and DLC news, then it’s released, then it’s broken, then it gets patched, rinse and repeat.

      Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      May 13, 2015 at 09:40

      I think you should play another one, just to see if that could be literal.

      Reply

  8. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    May 13, 2015 at 09:24

    There are many things I liked about AC:U, like the indoor environments, the beautiful scenery, the rooftops, the little WW references, but I can’t get over the idea of the game being as broken as it is…Throwing in a second character won’t get me back to supporting the franchise, I honestly will not play another AC game…

    Reply

  9. MakeItLegal

    May 13, 2015 at 09:26

    Anybody else.fall.asleep.during those.2 videos

    Lol.it was so.boring.they even had to.edit.the whole scene shorted

    What snooze fest

    Gta online on pc.for.the next 2 years maybe.Then. I would.reconsider.a Ubisoft game

    Even.far cry 4 was a reskin

    Lol shows more innovation with patches and what what than.Ubisoft studio.that has years to produce something fresh

    Very happily.skip this rinse and.repeat tittle

    Reply

    • Dutch Matrix

      May 13, 2015 at 09:29

      Typing on a phone? Or are you going through your wait for it PERIOD???

      Reply

      • RinceTriss

        May 13, 2015 at 09:37

        lol

        Reply

      • Matthew Holliday

        May 13, 2015 at 09:44

        sony ericsson with a broken 0, clearly.

        Reply

        • Dutch Matrix

          May 13, 2015 at 09:46

          Clearly. I am ever so sorry I cannot identify a phone based on the user’s spelling mistakes. (Starting to channel my inner Trevor…)

          Reply

          • RinceTriss

            May 13, 2015 at 09:58

            Don’t do it man. Once you go full Trev, there’s no coming back… Never go full Trev…

      • MakeItLegal

        May 13, 2015 at 09:45

        Oh shut iPhone to HUAWEI sorry guys

        Reply

        • Dutch Matrix

          May 13, 2015 at 09:46

          *shit

          Reply

          • MakeItLegal

            May 13, 2015 at 14:34

            look issues ok , think of it as reading in AC unity style pc version

  10. Dutch Matrix

    May 13, 2015 at 09:28

    What this series needs is a crossover. Please Rockstar. Just take some of your billions, buy AC and do this:
    Trevor’s Creed.
    Overheard whilst skulking through the city:
    “Aye M’Lord. That’s when the blighter in the skivvy underpants jumped the officer and stomped him to death whilst yelling unpleasantries about his mother M’Lord.”

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 13, 2015 at 09:29

      SOLD!

      Reply

  11. WitWolfy

    May 13, 2015 at 10:55

    Day one purchase for me… Yes I know, I suck…

    Reply

  12. SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

    May 13, 2015 at 11:58

    We can, for the first time ever, completely ignore the one we don’t like?
    Totally screwed if both turn out to be Male Connor and Female Connor, though.

    Reply

  13. JetFire

    May 13, 2015 at 18:50

    AC Syndicate looks awesome to me—–i mean the new world gang and slums with assassins is great

    I hope it will be great even without multiplayer.

    Reply

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