Next-gen Assassin’s Creed is the stuff of dreams

Other companies skimped a bit on actually showing what their games will play like at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Not Ubisoft. The French publisher showed off both cinematics and a decent chunk of in-game action from its upcoming next-gen-only Assassin’s Creed, subtitled Unity, and holy mother of all things good and proper does it look good. My words can’t do it justice, you’ll just have to see for yourself:

And that’s just the single-player portion of the game. Ubisoft told the world that the new game will also have a new four-player co-op mode that lets you and up to three mates roam the huge open world stabbing people, completing missions and following a separate storyline to the main game, and it will work as seamlessly as Watch_Dogs’ drop-in multiplayer does. Observe:

Clearly, this level of amazing is what happens when a game is developed specifically for the PS4 and Xbox One, allowing the developers to really stretch their creative muscles without the technical limitations of ancient hardware to hold them back.

Unity will also feature more interiors to move through, which will let players employ stealth using a new dedicated sneaking subsystem. The focus on stealth looks like it could open up new and more subtle ways for gamers to approach their missions.

If you watch those videos carefully, you’ll notice that animations appear more natural and polished, movement and combat looks smoother than ever, and the ridiculous draw distance makes French Revolution-era Paris look alive and like a real place, even more so than AC4’s gorgeous Caribbean cities did.

But it’s not just the graphics that are getting an upgrade: this time around the crowds will be more dense and NPCs will have their own artificial intelligence routines governing their behaviour. You can incite them to violence by taking out guards and move undetected through the ensuing chaos, for instance. The game is set in the French Revolution after all, which will provide ample opportunity to kill, assassinate and be a general badass.

At least, that’s how Unity looks from a distance – who knows what the final product will be like when it’s in the hands of gamers.

Still, I’m impressed despite my professional obligation to be cynical, and am looking forward to hearing even more about the game in the next four months before its release on the 28th of October, when it’ll be out for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

[Source, Image – Ubisoft]


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