Heads will roll. Just days after leaked images from Kotaku (a yearly tradition, at this point) suggested that Ubisoft’s flagship Assassin’s Creed series was going to be heading to the French Revolution this holiday season, the company has confirmed it with a quick trailer featuring some empty streets, Notre Dame, a guillotine, a mob, and a familiar-looking hooded figure. Here’s holding out hope that the next Assassin’s Creed game will be an epic musical of revenge and redemption starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.
Fans of the renaissance parts of this series will most likely applaud the decision to return to a dense European city after our jaunts to relatively sparse new world environments. The French Revolution, in many other ways, couldn’t be more perfect for the series — grand, world-changing events with clear places for both freedom-loving Assassins and order-obsessed Templars, and just enough of a hint of moral ambiguity to keep things interesting. We can assume Robespierre will be an Assassin, which might get awkward when he starts chopping heads by the hundreds.
The trailer claims that it’s “alpha game footage,” though it looks suspiciously like a pre-rendered cutscene. The first Assassin’s Creed game fully-optimized for Xbox One and PS4 will obviously be nice looking, even if it probably won’t look like this video. We’ll likely have to wait a little while for gameplay or story details, but I’m particularly curious about how they’ll make another dense, urban game feel fresh. Ubisoft got a bit of a bye when it spiced Assassin’s Creed 4 up by concentrating on naval combat, but there’s no obvious focal point here.
That’s all we have for now, but there are still other parts of that Kotaku rumor to discuss — namely, the idea that there will be two Assassin’s Creed games this year, one tweaked for current-gen, and one for previous. Ubisoft isn’t shy about its intention to make as many Assassin’s Creed games as it possibly can, so if this works, expect more doubling up in the future. Luckily, there’s plenty of history to go around.
I’m still holding out hope that we can get another non-European (or European colony) focused game — even Russia would be a nice compromise, and the Napoleonic Wars do seem like a natural step after the revolution…