Assassin’s Creed Unity – What to Expect

Assassin’s Creed Unity – What to Expect

Assassin’s Creed Unity aims to redefine the series for next-gen consoles and PC. In this article, we’re going to delve deeper and take a look what’s in store for gamers when the game releases November 11, 2014 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

The setting

Assassin’s Creed Unity is set in magnificent Paris taking a deep dive into the terror of the 1789 French Revolution. The game takes players through the highly detailed streets of Paris, where the starving inhabitants are set to take up arms for freedom and equality.

“Assassin’s Creed Unity’s vision of Paris is more alive than any Assassin’s Creed setting to date”

“Assassin’s Creed Unity’s vision of Paris is more alive than any Assassin’s Creed setting to date. From the possibility of thousands of NPCs on screen at a time to the sheer depth of activities, Unity promises a more immersive experience than ever before,” Ubisoft’s Anne Lewis has said.

Among the chaos of the French Revolution, the latest instalment in Ubisoft’s history-hopping adventure, players take the role of an Assassin named Arno and carve their way through a stunning, full-scale open-world Paris.

The game will feature over 50 unique characters that are really highly detailed like the protagonist and include key historical figures such as the Marquis de Sade, Napoléon, Robespierre and Mirabeau.

Assassin’s Creed Unity is not only about the French revolution, but includes also a more personal story involving the main protagonist, probably sharing similarities how the conflict involving the Roman Catholic conflict was a backdrop to Ezio’s vendetta throughout his series of Assassin’s Creed games.

The gameplay

Brutal combat, stealth and parkour are all major elements in Assassin’s Creed Unity, but this time, players can expect more improvements than new weapons. Assassin’s Creed Unity’s fighting system has been revamped with a new focus on skills and good timing.

In terms of parkour, players now have the ability to navigate up AND down a building as previously, you climbed up a building, racing across rooftops and finally find a convenient place for a leap of faith to land on the ground below. Controlled descent is something players have been waiting for and gives more joy of being free to do whatever you want. While these mechanics are more focused out of doors, it is still a very warmly welcomed addition.

Stealth in Assassin's Creed Unity

Stealth has been enhanced cover system and crowd manipulation techniques. One of these is a “last position seen” mechanic, where a transparent blue shadow of your assassin appears on screen when spied by an enemy. In addition, if the player killed somebody and the guard finds the body, that particular guard will react to the environment and will be looking for you. If the guard doesn’t spot you acting high profile, he will likely identify an extremist as the culprit and go after him.

“Enemies are both smarter and tougher, and button mashing will no longer work when facing a large crowd”

And when stealth fails, it is time for the combat. Players will have new weapons such as the Phantom Blade (a hidden dagger on Arno’s wrist that doubles up as a miniature crossbow) to help them in their journey through the game, but combat will be more difficult than before. Enemies are both smarter and tougher, and button mashing will no longer work when facing a large crowd.

With revamped mechanics, players will be delighted to learn that you’ll be able to choose your own weapons, gear, outfits and specialized skills. For example, you can choose between a total of 27 different color schemes for your outfits. Whatever you choose, skills and unique gear acquired in the single-player missions will be accessible in co-op.

And lastly, one of the exciting new features is the interior feature which means that this time you are able to traverse from outside to inside without loading times. A feature that will be most welcomed by many players frustrated with long loading times.

Play with friends

Unity is not only about the single player campaign as it will also feature a large 2-4 player co-op element which exist alongside the single-player story.

Play with friends

If you are playing in a group, you are able to perform heists and take part in special narrative driven missions designed specifically for co-op play. Unlike a 2-player co-op, 4-player missions embrace simpler objective and are meant to be completed in 10 or 15 minutes.

You CAN go solo into a 4-player heist, but Assassin’s Creed Unity doesn’t scale down the difficulty if you are not running with a full group.

Ubisoft expects players to play about a third of their total game time in shared experience modes as the missions can be played and replayed in different ways.

Technical requirements

Minimum PC specs
Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or AMD Phenom II x4 940 @ 3.0 GHz processor
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 (2 GB VRAM) video card

The game uses a new Anvil engine, rebuilt especially for the new generation consoles. Because of new-gen consoles, Ubisoft has decided to fundamentally change a lot of the core mechanics and a lot of the stuff under the hood in terms of engine, game mechanics and actual game structure.

It is possible to see crowds of up to 5,000 NPCs on screen, as opposed to 150 or so that you might find at maximum in previous games.

While the PC requirements for Assassin’s Creed Unity may be taxing, the studio has focused to capture all unique flavors of Paris during the French Revolution.

Assassin’s Creed Unity is set to release on home consoles and PC starting November 11, 2014 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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