Meet the historical faces in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
The Assassin’s Creed franchise is all about historical fiction. That’s kind of its thing. Sure, there is plenty of stealth, parkour, and stabby-stabby, but the coolest thing about the games is how they recreate history.
As the role of the Assassins has expanded during the telling of the secret history of the world, so too have the games’ historical footprint. Each new iteration furthers that trend by introducing real-life characters to come into the gravity of the assassins, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is no different.
For a first in the franchise history, you play as a pair of assassins, brother and sister, Jacob and Evie Frye. The assassins will battle the Templars for control of the streets of London.
Syndicate is set in England during the Victorian era. It was a time when the world changed rapidly. Great Britain controlled the largest empire the world has ever seen, and it was all centered on London. During that period, scholars, inventors, artists, and more all gained notoriety, and a few of the most well known appear in the game.
Ubisoft recently released the clip below. In it, some of the famous faces of the age appear. The clip focuses on the allies of the assassins, although there are probably a few well known names on the Templar side as well.
The first familiar name belongs to Alexander Grahm Bell, the inventor of the telephone. Syndicate is set in 1868, which means Bell would be just 21 at the time. Based on the clip, he seems to be filling the Q-like role as inventor and provider of equipment to the assassins, much like Leonardo da Vinci did in previous games.
Karl Marx also plays a role as something of the social conscience of the sibling assassins. Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, and Queen Victoria all appear as well.
Check it out, and look for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 23. The PC version will be out soon after on November 19.