Assassin's Creed Unity "Best Entry Point Since Assassin's Creed 1," Dev Says

The upcoming free-running assassination game is meant to be a new beginning to the Assassin's Creed franchise.

If you've never played an Assassin's Creed game, developer Ubisoft promises that this fall's Assassin's Creed Unity is the best place to jump in. Unity is meant to be a new starting point for the franchise, taking a different approach to the modern-day story and beginning a "new cycle of Assassin's Creed games."

In a video posted on Ubisoft's YouTube channel after E3, creative director Alex Amancio mentions that Unity, in a sense, makes a clean break from the past games. "It's a new start, it's a new narrative start," Amancio explains. "That is symbolized by a completely new context for the present day. You've seen a little bit of an evolution with [Assassin's Creed IV:] Black Flag. We're not going to do the same thing. What we're doing with Unity is really the beginning [of] this new cycle of Assassin's Creed games."

He continues, saying that there's no better time for new players to try out the series: "I would say that Assassin's Creed Unity is the best entry point for the franchise since [Assassin's Creed 1]."

Assassin's Creed Unity launches on October 28 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Although nothing's been confirmed, there have been rumors of an Assassin's Creed game in development for last-gen systems. Recently, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Unity takes advantage of the new systems' power, and that the game is "really a good demonstration of what those machines can do."

If you've missed a few Assassin's Creed games, or if you've never tried out the series, does Assassin's Creed Unity interest you? Let us know in the comments!

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joebutler124
joebutler124

I'm glad they're including certain gameplay elements from the first Assassin's Creed. That game is still my favorite in the series....it had a dark, gritty feeling that I thought was appropriate for a series of this nature, and that the subsequent games lost.

gingikins
gingikins

After playing AC4 on PS4 (i dont believe they used full performance of the console)i have my hopes high for Unity.They havent told much about the present day events but i dont believe they ll cut off Juno and others.

dazevanz
dazevanz

Ubisoft are the new EA with lies.

highpitcairn
highpitcairn

What Was That, Is that you ubisoft trying to make new storyline.

Pheonix985
Pheonix985

I still would have preferred feudal Japan.  I mean the french revolution is great and all but how can you pass up ninjas?  NINJAS!!!!!

keel098890
keel098890

If you haven't played AC4, then you shouldn't comment on this franchise. That was probably the best game to date and Edward's character was a breath of fresh air after the likes of Connor the Stoic. Very excited for this installment and hope it follows up with AC4 in terms of the quality of the game

fede018
fede018

Isn't AC1 the worst one?

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

Ubisoft, you better finish Desmond's storyline before starting a new narrative. I didn't watch 6 cliffhanger endings for nothing, did I?

skipper847
skipper847

Every game what comes out is the best at that point lol.

iamllamapie
iamllamapie

God I hated AC1. The most mind numbing, repetitive experience I've ever had. And I gave it 3 chances. 2007, 2009 (put me off AC2 until 3 weeks ago) and then in 2011. Couldn't stand it. hated AC3, too. Really like 2, though. But like I said, AC1 put me off trying 2 for 5 years.

tauriqm
tauriqm

Of course he's going to say that. Can you imagine a dev saying "No, this game isn't a good entry point. They should rather buy something else"? Anyway, from the sound of it, he doesn't sound wrong either - it's just that we should expect him to say so. 


I'm genuinely looking forward to it, though; it looks gorgeous and, even if it IS another "Ubisoft open-world tower clearing", I don't mind. That co-op looks like fun and the variety of missions could be great. 


Er, I guess that previous paragaph applies to Far Cry 4, too. Oh dear.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Actually AC4 was a pretty good entry point as well. Sure you would not get the references to past games, but you really aren't lost playing a new guy in the present world.

ewjiml
ewjiml

Watchdogs, Far Cry, or Assassins Creed....is there really any difference between these games.  Whether its climbing radio towers / view points / CTOS towers, its all a big rehash of the same ideas they have been doing for years.  Even Assassins Creed 4 incorporated hunting from Far Cry 3.  Watchdogs incorporated many things from Assassins Creed including boring tailing missions with a phone, though I will admit that invasions are one of the best ideas they have come up with in years. Sorry if I lack enthusiasm but Ubisoft needs more originality to get someone like me excited for this supposed "next-gen" experience.  More gameplay ideas, less graphic obsessions.  I am over these copy and pasted games. 

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

I still think that it is a lot like AC3 with co-op and fancy graphics minus naval warfare.They have to do much more than adding a few clever mechanics.I'd want some variation in level design.AC2 and brotherhood were fantastic because they offered a lot more variety in missions as opposed to AC3 and AC4 were you do the same thing over and over again.And then exploration in AC4 and AC3 really felt like it was missing something. Cities weren't really fun to navigate in AC3 and AC4 and even parkour felt dull unlike in AC2 and Brotherhood.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

"It's a new start, it's a new narrative start"


hang on, so did they finish the ASS Creeds complete story arch? Or was it never really finished, i didnt get to the end of 3 or 4 or are they just ditching it and going a whole new direction?

zerohournow
zerohournow

I don't know, I really enjoyed the ship combat in Black Flag, I'm not convinced the game stands enough on its own with just the city running.  For gods sake though, please drop that silly memory retrieval corporation nonsense, it totally breaks the pace of the game.

dantefenix
dantefenix

They just simply can't make an Assassin better than AC2 s EZIO. Let's see how this one goes.

isshiah
isshiah

Ezio's story is still my favourite.  If they can replicate that, good on them. 


Also, I've noticed ACU shares animation with Watch_Dogs. Good, the old animation was getting a bit stale. 

misternathan
misternathan

I want Assassins Creed to make me feel again.  Ezio's journey through the quasi-trilogy of "2" games is one of my fondest gaming memories in my 32 years of life.  He felt real in a way that I've not seen since.


I also want Unity to pull no punches on the brutality and darkness of the time, while not 'taking a side' in the conflict so much as manipulating it for the overall betterment of humanity.  It would be easy to make it a cookie-cutter plot, but it would be far less compelling.  What if the protagonist was a member of the nobility himself?  What if he was hunting down people with whom he was raised?  I want to see that kind of daring.


Honestly, I don't know that either of these two desires will ever be fulfilled in a franchise that has become so broad, because at this point it would be fiscally stupid to sacrifice the kind of money a more tame retreat would grab.


Still, I can hope.

Dishonored was my Thief Sequel... Maybe there is a developer out there with the guts to make a game in the vein of Assassins Creed that is more Scorsese, and less Bay.

thirdson1812
thirdson1812

if you can play the entire SP solo, then i'll pick it up

thegroveman
thegroveman

I'm one of the few people who really enjoys the meta story in the series.  Too bad they botched AC3 in that sense and turned it into parody in AC4.  I realize that people (myself included) don't enjoy actually playing too much in the "modern time," but I can't help but hope that there is still the potential for it to be done right.

kidflash2000
kidflash2000

It better be a new beginning if Desmond is truly dead.

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

I keep wanting to get into AC but I really hate games that encourage you to sneak around. I keep hoping they're going to release one that encourages you to beat the crap out of everyone. Maybe this one is it?

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

That's good to know as by the time this comes out it'll be three years since I played an Assassin's game. I just got so burned-out on them.

Still not convinced I'll bother with this one.

Xmus942
Xmus942

Assassins Creed 2 is widely considered the best game in the franchise. But what does it matter to me. I hated that game, and because everyone else said it was the best in the series I never bought another game in the franchise again. I do like the graphics on this one though but I'm worried the combat will be boring and shallow just like in 2. I'm still interested to see how it turns out. 

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

This is an odd situation that Ubisoft is in.

Many of the fans of the series has jumped ship (pun intended), or were ready to do so. Then they announced ACIV and I said "Forget it!" But the fact that you were a pirate and you spend 80-90% of the game doing the best aspects of ACIII, well this had me buying it when it reached half price and I was pleasantly surprised with it... until I reached the halfway point.

When you reach that halfway mark, or thereabouts, you realise that there is no real depth to the game (pun again, sorry) and that everything you had been doing for side missions was basically the whole game. Collecting dull chests with little reward again and again and again.

I completed the game but thought never again.

Now however they have created this Unity title, which has NONE of these aspects that made fans come back and keep the series alive.

Sure it has Co-Op, but is that enough to sell us the same stuff again, that we already had in the first 5 or so games with none of the new stuff of ACIV? Which explains the "AC Unity is a good starting point," as they know that there isn't enough here for the long time fans, but I could be wrong.

This is why Ubisoft is in an odd situation, they have exhausted the series and they know it but the co-op is their hook for this Unity game and although I know it will sell millions and earn them tons of money, but folks like myself have had enough of the same thing. Cooperative play is not enough in my opinion and this is all the game feels like to me...

ACIII with buddies or useless random kids who most likely will just want to d*** around.

I really hope I am wrong?

CapmJim
CapmJim

Thats cool i guess. Personally i thought AC4 was a great place to jump in. It felt like a soft reboot and felt less connected the previous AC games.

lostn
lostn

@Pheonix985 You would have to explain how Desmond had ancestors in Japan.

sergeantdean
sergeantdean

@Pheonix985 tbh, i think feudal japan is stupid. they're working their way up in regards to timelines. they started in the early 1200s(?) and then went on to the 1400s and then 1600s and now, they're in the 1700s. I think that the key components in history, if any, within feudal japan would be earlier than the 1700s but that being said, ubisoft wants everyone to know what's going on in terms of history.


I can personally say that I knew of the Crusades, when I was young, not in depth, but on a basic level. Same goes with Renaissance Italy, the American Civil war, the time of the pirates including pirates themselves, and now the french revolution. 

I can't tell you anything that I know from the feudal japan timeline, AT ALL. 


I'd rather play a game with a part of history that I might have learned in school one day long ago, or seen on T.V or is just a major part of history that everyone knows as opposed to wanting to play as a ninja and give up what the game actually stands for.

Philly04
Philly04

@fede018 Saying it is the worst one is not correct (it's like saying Gears of War 1 was the worst). It was one of the best for it's time and Ubisoft learn to make things better with it's sucessors. Most can Say AC:Revelations was the low point as the story was softer than it's predecessors. It all came down to how they work on the story and the game engine they were working with (AC3 for example). AC1 as I felt had a interesting setting and a good plot twist at the end, the first of many to come, but the combat can become repetitive as there was a lack of upgrades, and the main character Altier was not as expressive visually as the later sucessors. Overall there were many things I held to be better in AC1 than AC2

sergeantdean
sergeantdean

@leikeylosh The Desmond storyline is over bud. It's plain and simple. You've seen all there is from that phase.

sergeantdean
sergeantdean

@tauriqm well they're saying it's more of a new game. It's got not a lot to do with the desmond storyline and the new protagonist will be the main focus of the game so it's a good place for new gamers to start.


chieflion
chieflion

@ewjiml then go check out No Mans Sky and Leave, if you ain't got nothing nice to say....

ritamray32
ritamray32

I'd like to point out

CtOS towers were different because it wasn't high towers we needed to climb mindlessly

It more "challenging" and wasn't repetitive and tedious like radio towers and viewpoints IMO

And each of the franchises having so called "towers" doesn't there is no difference between the games

Tailing missions is not only a feature of Ubisoft but a lot of franchises share the tailing missions

As for the hunting, Far Cry 3 hunting system was good. It was a good decision to incorporate it in AC4

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

@nyran125tk After 3 they pretty much gave up. Liberation and Black Flag were just "Animus Games" in the present world. Sure you had to do a few boring stuff in BF in the present day, but there is almost no story in the present any more ... thank god

tauriqm
tauriqm

@zerohournow I think the modern day stuff is optional, this time, because they recognised many people hated it. 

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

@dantefenix To be honest, Ezio was just alright, he just shines because he has Altair and Conner next to him, two extremly boring characters :S

franki91
franki91

@misternathan There is such a developer - he's called Patrice Desilets and hopefully his project Amsterdam 1666 will see the light of the day... :)

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@thegroveman The meta game got me curious in AC1, but it was not at all compelling in AC2 (maybe that's because Ezio was comparatively too awesome for Desmond), and I skipped 3 entirely (watched the ending on youtube before picking up 3). I like 4's angle. 4 may have a weaker story, but I'm probably having the most fun with it overall. Nice big world with plenty of variety compared to its predecessors. I'm still hoping for the obvious feudal Japan entry and Robin Hood-esque adventure with archery stealth kills.

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@CapmJim AC 4 felt like sacrificing the franchise and original fans for more sales.

the7path
the7path

@sergeantdean @Pheonix985 Dude I cannot tell you how incredibly wrong you are and how naive your comment is.


First of all Assassin's Creed is not going by any timeline order of the sort, you're basing that on assumptions because of the way the games were released.


Second, AC3 was portrayed in the American Revolution NOT the American Civil War. they then went BACK in time for AC4.


Third, just because you didn't learn about Japans history in your school doesn't mean other countries didn't as well. Japan is extremely rich with very popular history, in which I can tell you A LOT about.


The Japan Edo Period would make a great Assassin's Creed game which thrives immensely in history.

the7path
the7path

@sergeantdean @leikeylosh Actually it's not over, Juno is still released in the world and Sean and Rebecca are still fighting the Templars and they still using Desmonds body for DNA

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@LordCrash88 @CapmJim I was a fan of 1 and 2, but not 3 or 2's "expansions". 4 brought me back. It was different, and that's what the series needed. 1 presented the promise of a new experience with each time setting. Not all of the sequels delivered that. 4 unquestionably did. And not many people expected pirates, unlike ninjas (still waiting...).

valcrist09
valcrist09

@LordCrash88 @CapmJim I disagree, i thought AC3 did that, i think AC4 revived the interest in the series after the terrible AC3.  I love AC4 i am still playing it.