Assassin’s Creed Unity Announced (Xbox One, PS4, PC). E3 2014 Trailers & Gameplay

Assassin’s Creed: Unity is coming this October to Xbox One, PS4 & PC announced Ubisoft at E3 2014, where the game was debuted during Microsoft’s Press Conference, further gameplay on the title was shown during Ubisoft’s Press Conference.

Here is the debut Microsoft E3 2014 Stage Demo for Assassin’s Creed: Unity.

Unity is the 7th core game in the franchise & the direct-follow up to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. As the latest game in the series, it follows the original Assassin’s Creed (2007), Assassin’s Creed II (2009), Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (2010), Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (2011), Assassin’s Creed III (2012) & Assassin’s Creed IV (2013), as well as the PSP’s Assassin’s Creed: Liberation (2012).

This time the setting has shifted to Europe, particularly France, with the plot set during the French Revolution, which the development team explained as laying the foundation for Western civilization, and being one of the most brutal times in recent history as the reason for going French.

Here is a commentary-filled developer walkthrough of Assassin’s Creed: Unity gameplay.

The biggest new feature of Assassin’s Creed VII is the fact that the entire single-player campaign experience can be tackled with up to four-players online, being the first game to have true co-operative campaign play.

Here is the Ubisoft E3 2014 Press Conference stage demo for Assassin’s Creed Unity.

And boy does it look good! Since Unity is EXCLUSIVE to next-generation consoles, the graphical power of the Xbox One & PS4 has been used in order to put literally thousands of pedestrians into the streets and moving at the same time! This is truly what fans have always wanted to see with Assassin’s Creed.

The newest Assassin that you’ll control in Assassin’s Creed: Unity is named “Arno Dorian”, born in 1768 he is of French & Austrian lineage, wounded by loss, he joins the Assassin Order in 1789 in order to expose the powers behind the French Revolution.

Here is the biography trailer for new Assassin’ Arno Dorian.

“A new Assassin, a new era. Assassin’s Creed Unity has been built from the ground up as a next-gen game, offering a new way to experience the venerated franchise. Set during the French Revolution, Assassin’s Creed Unity unfolds during a time of unimaginable terror and unprecedented turbulence – the perfect backdrop for the ongoing battle between the Assassin’s and the Templars.”

“Because of these new-gen consoles, this is the first time that we can 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,” Ubisoft Creative Director Alex Amancio said. “So this is what Unity is. It’s not a reboot. It is a reinvention of Assassin’s Creed for this next generation.”

This is the first game that, dun dun DUN, replaces the hay-stack falling from atop a high place with an emphasis on actually climbing DOWN a structure as well as up it, a feature they are calling “Controlled Descent”.

“We wanted to avoid having haystacks all over the place and doing that special move all the time,” said Senior Producer Vincent Pontbriand. “Controlled descent is more exciting. It also allows you to do things that are different each time. This also adds to the sense of joy of being free and doing whatever you want.”

Another big addition to the gameplay is, FINALLY, the ability to crouch or duck. This greatly enhances the stealth gameplay, and has been a glaring ommision from previous games, making it so you couldn’t easily hide behind small structures or objects to hide (instead typically jumping into some hay…).

Missions will also change while you play them, instead of having a more predetermined structure as in previous games. This gives greater player-choice than ever before, and the missions will change to suit the actions you’ve done and the consequences of how you perform or what you do while tackling it.

Here’s the Assassin’s Creed Unity image gallery.
Click on any of these image thumbnails to see the full-size screenshots:

Sadly I personally am a bit disappointed, as this game, otherwise, looks essentially exactly the same as previous titles. I also was hoping for a more interesting setting.

To me, it seems like setting the game during the French Revolution is a step back, and is not as eye-popping as the American Revolution or the Pirate era.

I would’ve liked to see a future setting on skyscrapers and modern buildings, or perhaps have the game set during the modern-day Middle East, like the Taliban-era Afghanistan. Or even a far-future setting. Oh well, the game still looks awesome! And playing four-player co-op is definitely going to be fun!