Ten things you need to know about the new Assasin’s Creed.

The new game made especially for the next gen consoles is called Assasin’s Creed Unity, we have a list of 10 things you really need to know about this game.

It really is a New Gen

After seeing the cutscenes and demos, it’s easy to guess why it’s coming exclusively to PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Members of the development team explained that they started development immediately after the release of Brotherhood in 2010. From a completely rebuilt and revamped engine to new functions related to navigation, combat, multiplayer and mission structure, it is simply a game that next-gen feels and is.

Ten things you need to know about the new Assasin’s Creed

While many people still enjoyed Black Flag, the next gen version of this game has just been polished. That cannot be said about Unity, in this everything is built specifically for Next gen. If you are curious what AC looks like in Next gen then you should keep an eye on this one.

The Settings

Ten things you need to know about the new Assasin’s Creed

If you know anything about history, you know that the French Revolution is a great choice for a new AC game. For those who love history, the French Revolution was full of great and bloody conflicts, and was also a turning point in Western democracy and rights system. And of course as a French company, this time could not stay away from Ubisoft’s list.

As presented, Paris is a huge playground here. If you don’t count the ocean, the city of Paris including the underground catacombs is twice the size of the world in Assasin’s Creed III.

Ten things you need to know about the new Assasin’s Creed

The city looks amazing, filled with the most beautiful man-made monuments you can imagine. For example, you can go to the Louvre, the Bastille, and the gardens of Luxembourg. Notre Dame also looks breathtaking. When all the lighting is completely fixed, you can see the rays of sunlight coming through a window completely scattered in colors on the ground. In total, the cathedral is already a large playground with several entrances and exits, from tunnels under the building to a corridor in the bell tower.

A New Hero

Ten things you need to know about the new Assasin’s Creed

Arno Victor Dorian is our new hero, and there are some juicy details that Ubisoft brought out. Arno is a Frenchman born in Versailles, home of the French Nobility. We don’t know the exact reason, but Arno is on a quest for revenge and that brings him into the Assasin’s community, and that revenge is the main thread of the story, the whole French Revolution is really just a background story. The story seems to go all the way back to the structural roots of the series, with Arno slowly moving up the ranks, a bit like Altaïr and Ezio.

Cooperative Play

Probably the biggest innovation in Unity is enabling four player co-op throughout the campaign. It is not yet entirely clear how this will be implemented and whether it will follow the entire story, since the single player story continues to run, it is therefore possible to have your friends join.

Ten things you need to know about the new Assasin’s Creed

Here’s how it’s going to work. As you walk around the world you will regularly enter taverns scattered around Paris. You should see the taverns as a kind of social hub, there will also often be sellers where you can buy new equipment. But more importantly, if you have friends who play Unity you will see a “ghost” version of this sitting at a table. This means that the player is doing a mission in their own game. You can then approach the ghost and ask if you can join in this mission. If you are accepted you transport to that person’s game and a reset takes place to the most recent checkpoint, and you continue from there.

Up to four players can play together. In your own game you are always Arno, the other players will then join as other members of the Brotherhood. There are plenty of missions that you can do with all of them, but there are also missions that are specific to one person.

Audience

Ten things you need to know about the new Assasin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed Unity has the most impressive engineering behind the crowd. You can spot up to 1000 individual AI characters in the audience, each moving differently and reacting in its own way.

The audience keeps giving you all sorts of activities to participate in, but trying to do them all won’t get you any further in the game. You might want to get involved in a fight, or go after a bag snatcher. These situations occur spontaneously but still give you the chance to react to them.

Just like the previous games, there are groups of people that you can sprint through, and there are some busier squares that you just have trouble getting through. Now with Unity there are also very crowded squares where people are so close together that it is not possible to run through them, neither for you nor for your opponent.

Improved Movements

Ten things you need to know about the new Assasin’s Creed

The AC Unity team claims they’ve gone all the way back and rebuilt free running. We will not highlight many elements of this new navigation, but there is one that needs attention: controlled descent. Designed as an alternative to always looking for a place to jump into a hay bale, controlled descent allows Arno to descend at a rapid pace.

This turns out to be very easy to do in practice. To descend from a building it works as usual, hold RT and B. The result looks really good.

Upgrades and Customization

Ten things you need to know about the new Assasin’s Creed

Unity goes a bit more RPG in customizing, with a special focus on designing your Arno to be different from all other Arnos.

To encourage this a bit between players, there are now missions and activities that reward a skill point, which in turn can be used to upgrade an active or passive skill, such as disquise, eagle vision, or lock picking. In addition, many pieces of equipment also give a skill bonus, as well as brighten up your outfit with various colors.

Mission/Activity Structure

Missions and side missions are built in such a way that they flow seamlessly and you can also skip them if you want. A questlog now stores the quests you still want to do, but at any given time you can only activate one to track. Your main story missions always remain tracked to keep you informed where to go for a nice flow in the story.

New navigation choices

This new Assassin’s Creed also adds a lot of buildings with interiors. The fact is that one in four buildings has an interior that you can examine. With so many buildings to discover, moving around the city changes instantly. Where the streets are often crowded with people, it is therefore important to go over the roofs and through the houses for a quick way to your destination.

Speaking of your destination, Unity also offers a completely new system for tracking things to do in the area. Run up a roof and stop moving there, you will see some icons on your screen, with the closest point of interest you can go to. So instead of constantly looking at your map, the system now lets you know where to go without the second screen much faster.

New ways to fight enemies

Ten things you need to know about the new Assasin’s Creed

Ubisoft has given the player several ways to confront enemies. A new cover system allows players to stay out of combat situations by staying out of sight of the enemy. A new weapon, Phantom Blade, allows you to take out targets silently and over range. Once in a fight, new moves ensure that the regular players of the AC series can also learn something. You need new tricks to beat the enemy, Ubisoft has built the enemy from scratch and made the AI ​​a bit more challenging, where individuals offer a good challenge, groups attack in series.