“Sir, the internet is starving for more information about Assassin’s Creed 5!”
“Well, let them eat cake…”
The internet went wild with speculation about the new game, and at a geek speaks we’ve joined in, watching the trailer endlessly for any new scraps of information we can find. If you want to know more about the game but are too busy to have a proper look at it, then you’re at the right place. We’ve accumulated all the news and rumours, as well as a healthy amount of obsessing and speculating, about Assassin’s Creed 5 and posted them here.
It’s set in Paris
This game will take place in Paris. The leaked screenshots show our new assassin looking over the city, with the palace of Notre Dame in the background.
The trailer shows us more proof of this, when Notre Dame swings right into view, as the new assassin stands on the edge of a rooftop. Just to make sure, there is also a French flag hanging above the window of a building during the earlier establishing shots. Unfortunately, the game is set before the Eiffel Tower is built, so we won’t get to jump from one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world into a conveniently placed bale of hay.
It’s set in the French revolution
Our new assassin will be running along roofs in the Reign of Terror, when the French royalty were overthrown by the masses. The French revolution took place in the eighteenth century, when France purged itself of any royalty and became a republic, under the new rule of Napoleon.
The biggest clue from the trailer is the public execution by Guillotine, France’s go-to method of dispatching people. Ubisoft’s reveal quote confirmed the time period by starting with “Qu’ils mangent de la brioce [Let them eat cake]!”
Next gen consoles only
The end of the trailer shows us that it will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It looks as though it won’t be available on the Wii:U. The trailer opens with the Ubisoft logo and the tagline “Next Gen Starts Here.”
This game follows a number of game reveals that are sticking with just the New Playstation and Xbox consoles such as Batman: Arkham Knight and Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture. If you want to play this game, you better start saving up.
There’s still a lot of work to do
The trailer begins with the message “The following is alpha game footage”. Due to the early leak, Ubisoft have had to reveal it earlier than they wanted. When the game is released, there could be a fair few differences between this trailer and the finished product.
The trailer for the first Assassin’s Creed showed Altair with a crossbow – something that was changed before it was released. When this game comes out it will have gone through quality checks, game testing, and minor tweaks to gameplay, so what we see now might not be the same as what we get.
A new Assassin?
A new setting and a new time zone mean it’s a new assassin. We don’t know much about them, other than they’ve ditched their predecessor’s preference of white coats for a darker blue version. Several sites are reporting the rumour that he will be called Arno, though Ubisoft haven’t confirmed anything about his identity yet.
Players wanting a female protagonist will be disappointed to note that when the assassin looks at his locket, we can glimpse a stubbly upper lip. However, there could be a female protagonist in…
Two games out this year?
An interesting point to note from the leaked reveal of this game is the rumour that there will be a second Assassin’s Creed game released at the same time. Not much is known about it, though it is strongly suggested that this second game is only for Playstation 3, PC and Xbox 360, and that it will be called Assassin’s Creed: Comet.
Whether or not this game exists, or whether it will be set in the same time zone, location, or using the same character, are still unknown. Everything else in the leak was correct, so it’s likely that this is correct, too. We’ll find out soon enough.
The scarlet pimpernel, by Baroness D’orzy, follows the life of an English gentleman, Sir Percy, who lives a double life – he is also the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel, who worked in Paris saving the aristocrats during the French revolution.
It might be a bit of a wild speculation, but perhaps the new assassin, operating in the same place, same time zone, both of them shrouded in mystery – could he be the Scarlet Pimpernel? He is standing watch over a public execution in the trailer.
Though the Assassin’s Creed games stick to purely historical and real figures like Leonardo de Vinci, perhaps we’ll see some fictional characters included in the new game, too.
Same old weapons
The combat is going to be based around guns and swords, similar to the last two titles. Our new assassin is seen carrying the weapons as he looks over the execution, and in the leaked screenshots.
We haven’t jumped too far ahead of Edward Kenway and the crew of the Jackdaw, so technology hasn’t advanced enough to arm the assassin with new weapons. However, the combat might have changed – we’ll have to wait until some gameplay footage is released to find out more.
Varied areas to explore
From the palaces of the elite to the run down streets of Paris, the trailer shows us the variety of buildings we’ll be exploring and climbing. The Assassin’s Creed games are good at creating fully immersive, sprawling lands for players to delve into.
We still don’t know enough about the new assassin to make any claims about his nationality or character, so we don’t know how well connected he is within the city. Perhaps there are sections of the game set in other areas of France, and Paris is only a part of what the game will have to offer.
A pocket watch?
The assassin is seen looking at a shiny disk-like thing near the end of the trailer. From the shape it looks like a pocket watch, which were a popular, but very expensive, item in the 1700’s. This could mean a few things.
It could give us an idea of the wealth of the assassin, unless it was stolen or given to him. It could be some fancy, secret assassin’s weapon – maybe you can use the chain to garrotte enemies, that would be fun. Maybe it means that the player has to co-ordinate their assassinations to a specific time, that they can miss out on an assassination is they are late, and have to plan a second attempt at a later date. Maybe it’s just part of his costume.
What does the ‘Unity’ in the title refer to? Is our new assassin uniting people for a common cause? Are the assassins and the Templars teaming up to face a bigger challenge? Has the assassin been forced into a unified group, which he doesn’t want to work for? Is it just a cool word put in the title?
A similar question can be asked about the not-yet-confirmed Assassin’s Creed: Comet. Now there’s something for us to speculate about. That could mean anything. An Assassin’s Creed game set in space? 18th Century space? Space Paris? Almost definitely not. But we can hope…
Revamped parkour controls
From the screenshots leaked to Kotaku, we can see some of the gameplay tweaks that this game will give us – “Parkour up” and “Parkour down”. This suggests that we will have a revamped and more player controlled parkour system.
Perhaps we can choose whether the assassin climbs up something or slides under something, or the direction he goes when he’s running around Paris. Maybe this means we no longer have to drop off a building and smash the circle button in a panic in order for him to drop-grab his way down buildings. Hopefully this means the end of the assassin jumping off in whatever direction he pleases when you’re trying to go somewhere.
Available in the autumn
“Available holiday 2014” says the trailer, at the end. As with every console Assassins Creed game since Assassin’s Creed 2, this one will be released at the tail end of the year.
We have a lot of time to learn all about the new assassin, the new world we will be exploring, and the new enemies we will be assassinating. More will undoubtedly be shown at this year’s E3 event in June, so until then, we can continue to wildly speculate about the next game in the series