The next Assassin’s Creed game has been leaked
The next Assassin’s Creed game has apparently been leaked to Kotaku. The game will be set during Victorian era London, and is tentatively titled Assassin’s Creed Victory.
According to the report, Kotaku not only got a hold of images of the game, but it has seen a fair amount of gameplay footage. Guessing the next setting of an Assassin’s Creed title has become something of a sport for fans of the series. That has led to plenty of forgeries and elaborate fakes, but the amount of content Kotaku received makes that unlikely. On top of that, Ubisoft issued a statement to PC Gamer that may confirm its validity.
It is always unfortunate when internal assets, not intended for public consumption, are leaked. And, while we certainly welcome anticipation for all of our upcoming titles, we’re disappointed for our fans, and our development team, that this conceptual asset is now public. The team in our Quebec studio has been hard at work on the particular game in question for the past few years, and we’re excited to officially unveil what the studio has been working on at a later date. In the meantime, our number one priority is enhancing the experience of Assassin’s Creed Unity for players.
There is always the chance that Ubisoft is playing with us, but Occam’s razor seems to suggest that the info is legit. On top of that, Kotaku also leaked both Unity and Rogue earlier this year.
Kotaku claims to have obtained a seven minute video clip featuring “target gameplay footage.” The clip may be for investors or strictly for internal use, but it contains actual gameplay footage highlighting the new location, as well as a few changes to the mechanics. The clip also notes that the footage was all recorded using the new Anvil engine that powers Unity.
The clip begins with the unnamed assassin surveying a smoke covered London. That, combined with the clothing, suggests a timeframe of the second half of the 19th century, possibly around the 1870s or later.
The assassin is given a target, a Templar that is engaging in the human trafficking of children. On the way to the target, the assassin is attacked, prompting a rooftop battle on a moving carriage against Templar lackies. The protagonist arrives at the Charing Cross train station, where he meets an ally waiting with a disguise. The assassin identifies his target in the crowd, then uses a new tool, a grappling hook, to swing over the Templar and pull off an air assassination.
The assassin then escapes on a train, fighting off Templars as he goes. The video then reveals the name, Assassin’s Creed Victory.
The leak also confirmed that the game is under development by Ubisoft Quebec. It will be the first full game developed by that studio, although it has worked on DLC for the series. The previous console games have all been developed by Ubisoft Montreal since 2007, although the series tends to have hundreds of people with their hands in it from all around the world. Still, the shift in studios is significant.
The leak also confirmed that the game will be released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One; there don’t seem to be any plans for a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version like Rogue. It’s also unknown if the game will once again offer co-op, reintroduce the competitive multiplayer, or do something new.
In the meantime, Rogue and Unity are both out now, and Unity DLC is on the way. Unity faced a few issues following its launch, enough that Ubisoft decided to offer the first DLC to owners for free. Switching development studios around could help to alleviate future issues by giving each team more time with the game, much like Activision is doing with the three rotating developers working on Call of Duty titles.
Beyond the location and the hint of a new combat system, there’s a whole lot we don’t know about Assassin’s Creed Victory. Given the time frame, the assassin will be new to the series, although there may be connections to previous characters. It would make sense to connect Victory to Unity and its protagonist Arno Dorian, although it depends how much time has passed. The new character may be a descendant of Arno, or they may be unconnected.
Ubisoft generally waits on releasing Assassin’s Creed details, so don’t expect to hear much official news until later in 2015.