Assassin's Creed Unity Tells A "Complex, Emotional" Story

"It's not simple; it's not black and white," Arno actor Dan Jeannotte says.

The story for Ubisoft's upcoming action game Assassin's Creed Unity will be "complex" and "emotional," according to Dan Jeannotte, who plays protagonist Arno Dorian. He says it was the nature of the game's story (as well as Arno being a "badass") that drew him to the project in the first place.

"When I read the script, I was really impressed with the dedication to telling that kind of emotional story; to the commitment of the writer and Ubisoft in general to tell this kind of complex, emotional story," Jeannotte says in a Ubisoft video interview. "It's not simple. It's not black and white."

Regarding the nature of his work for Assassin's Creed Unity, Jeannotte says it was "such a treat" to be able to wear a motion capture suit as a means to "really embody the character physically." This helped him deliver his lines better because he could "really feel who [Arno] was."

Assassin's Creed Unity takes place in Paris during the French Revolution. We also know that the game will tell something of a love story between Arno, an Assassin, and a Templar woman named Elise. The game launches October 28 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Another entry in the series, Assassin's Creed Rogue--which lets you play as a Templar--comes to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 two weeks later on November 11.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch

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204 comments
hyfrin
hyfrin

I wait for this game so much and I hope it will be better that the last one.

raptor1998
raptor1998

This picture gives me the impression that this is going to be a Romeo and Juliet kind of story between these two. Considering Arno is obviously an Assassin and the girl is a Templar as one could see in one of the cinematic trailers.


But i think it's more about the concept of the story. (The way it plays out)

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

Assassin's Creed Unity Tells A "Complex, Emotional" Story as long as you play as a male character as women are tough to design

minawashinu
minawashinu

Not too impressed so far with the bad British accents most of the French people have in the demos I've seen so far. A lot of them even go so far as to sound Irish.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

So basically it's a Romeo and Juliet story. It can be really emotional if they do it right. We're expecting it will be at least better than Connor's story. But then again, anything is better than Connor.

silversix_
silversix_

complex n emotional in an Ubi title? HAHAHA

translucent17
translucent17

Black flag came out in oct 2013 then the 1080p makeover and port a month or so after...... Anyone else confused at how they're firing off these games so fast?

pip3dream
pip3dream

I'm really excited for Unity - it looks fantastic.  

jemoedr
jemoedr

Good, a decent story again. Missed that in III and Black Flag.

isshiah
isshiah

Anticipation...rising, 

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I can already tell this game will have more twists than Sinbad's take on marriage.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Yeah sure ... no AC was ever even sligthly emotional for me. At least not as much as say a masterpiece like Persona 4 :O

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Is it just me or does that not look like the Juno/Xmen girl in red hair. Wasn't she mad about them using her likeness on another game. Is she like video game developers favorite model or what?

Gen007
Gen007

Somehow i doubt it especially with the focus being on MP.

henchman_72
henchman_72

I really dig this game, so far. The game play just looks really slick.

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

I have faith in Alex Amancio, he directed AC Revelations which probably has the best emotionally immersive story in AC series. Now he is directing this, I have no doubt the story will be compelling. And he has passionate people working for him including himself, a guy who remains a fan of Passage and Ico and finds inspiration in those games even after all these years.

Kuhlio13
Kuhlio13

I really only prefer games with a good story...so I'm stoked. My favorite games are Uncharted series, TLoU, and Final Fantasy X....all with great stories. Don't get me wrong, it needs good gameplay too. That's why I'm NOT a fan of Beyond Two Souls or Heavy Rain....no gameplay....just story.

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

Climb buildings to unlock portions of the map with a bunch of meaningless, unrewarding side quest activities. Ubisoft has good ideas but exploration in their gaming worlds leaves much to be desired. Unity may turn out to be what AC 3 should have been, but in the end, Ubisoft is still quantity over quality.

IncisionX
IncisionX

I actually welcome a more complex and emotional story but that's just me it seems...

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Well, as long as I can skip thru the "emotional" cut-scenes then I'm set.  I'll watch a drama movie if I want a bunch of emotion.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

So are they paying the gal that played "Pam" on the t.v. show The Office for use of her likeness (Jen Fisher, I think her name is)?  For God's sake, that looks just like her.

Pelezinho777
Pelezinho777

When was that even important in a video game?

m-kswiss
m-kswiss

Especially Haytham Kenway!

eddieham13
eddieham13

@jenovaschilld  Ellen Page. Yeah it's not really that bad here though haha. It was the Last of Us which she mentioned that on. But she didn't really complain as she didn't do anything legal or anything.


Other than It's just you. I's nowhere near as bad as Last Of Us.

kitty
kitty moderator moderator

@Gen007 I don't think there is any MP in this game.

m-kswiss
m-kswiss

Revelations was an emotionally immersive story? Revelations... You're serious aren't you?!

jemoedr
jemoedr

@crusaderprophet Unfortunately the story around desmond was destroyed by the ones who directed III and black flag :(

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

@Kuhlio13 No Mass Effect? It's got a very good story line I think, but not as movie-like like Uncharted series or TLOU.

jemoedr
jemoedr

@spacecadet25 As long as they make the skip button a different one then the jump/run/hit button :P I hate it to accidentaly skip cutscenes :(

Teebown24
Teebown24

@t2j2 @translucent17 precisely. theyve already said they have more than one team working on this franchise. they pointed that out when black flag was announced shortly after they released 3.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

@jemoedr @ArchoNils2 Sure I did, I played most of them (somehow skipped 3 even though I own it). The story is alright,  but it did not affect me personally at all. There is a huge gap between a game that does it right (Persona 4) and this

Teebown24
Teebown24

@jemoedr @crusaderprophet desmond wasnt involved in the story of black flag in any way except for references to them taking genetic samples so they could continue to use his ancestry.

kitty
kitty moderator moderator

@jemoedr @kitty @Gen007 Good to hear, this series needed that a long time ago. I'm hoping it turns out to be good.