The time is almost upon us. Ubisoft is preparing to officially unveil the game that people have seemingly known about for months. The next entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise is set to be revealed, although the title may be a bit different from what was previously thought. It is an exciting time as always; whether you’re a fan of Assassin’s Creed or not, big reveals tend to be pretty awesome. But, what exactly are they going to be revealing?
Last year, shortly after the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, a follow-up title was leaked. At the time it was known as Assassin’s Creed Victory and the few images piqued interest. Set in 19th centurty Victorian Era London, an assassin was shown battling a man atop a moving carriage. Apparently, that was just the tip of the iceberg.
As with most entries into the series, the upcoming Assassin’s Creed will introduce new mechanics. The noticeable one from last year’s leak was the inclusion of a grappling hook that was used by the latest assassin to easily get from one side of a train plaza to the other. Now that is amazing, but Ubisoft knows that many people are already aware of this. So what could they possibly have up their sleeves for this huge Assassin’s Creed reveal next week? And why couldn’t it wait until E3?
Ubisoft is a huge company that has quite a few games that fans are looking forward to at the moment. Rainbow Six Siege, The Division, a Watch_Dogs sequel, and more AAA experiences are due out at some point. That’s not to mention whatever smaller titles are being worked on at the moment, as well. With E3 around the corner, and Ubisoft having their very own presentation, there is no doubt that they are preparing a lot of content to be shown. But, why is Assassin’s Creed ahead of that event?
It’s not to get out before the rush as the leak happened months ago, and several major features were made known at that time. Yet the company refrained from providing anything more, which seems to go against the grain of what others do nowadays. They saw the leak, acknowledged that it sucked, but still kept it moving with the developers over at Ubisoft Quebec hard at work. Unless, of course, that leak wasn’t as major as previously believed.
Assassin’s Creed Unity was a very ambitious title, and despite the game’s numerous flaws at the time of its launch, it succeeded in meeting some of those lofty expectations. The franchise is constantly trying to one-up itself, so there is a very good chance that there are some serious features coming to Assassin’s Creed (insert subtitle here). If that’s the case, then the early leak was just a bump in the road and this will be exactly what Ubisoft needs to start getting the initial Unity nightmare out of the minds of fans.
In fact, that may actually be the most possible reason. While Assassin’s Creed Unity wasn’t a terrible game, many people view it as such simply because of the loads of bad press it received post launch. Since then, media outlets, fans, and critics have been pretty vocal about being against an annualized Assassin’s Creed franchise. The vitriol that rose from that launch period most certainly brought to light many issues for the higher ups at Ubisoft. Not ones to be deterred, Ubisoft kept right on schedule. So now it’s time to show everyone that Unity wasn’t the norm, and that they have something great in store for those who’ve been patient.
Ubisoft has undoubtedly learned from this experience, especially in regards to Assassin’s Creed which is their flagship franchise at the moment. The hard work was done with Unity, so now they’re in the mindset of showing the world their true vision for a current gen Assassin’s Creed. One that they’ve (hopefully) worked all the kinks out of, and is ready to get the steam building. Steam, that if managed correctly, could lead to an amazing 2015.
Generating a buzz leading into E3 could sure turn the tides for Ubisoft and Assassin’s Creed, and it could even lead to something bigger and greater at the expo next month. As much as the internet may like to disagree with Ubisoft’s recent business practices, they tend to find their way back onto the right track. While they definitely have their best interests in mind in regards to this upcoming reveal, they’ll be sure to make it something special for fans, as well.
Whatever the reason is, everyone is most likely in for a treat come next Tuesday night. Assassin’s Creed is a huge franchise, and for good reason. Each year they deliver new worlds, with new conspiracies and characters, and it’s just too difficult to resist jumping off of all those buildings into inviting bales of hay. So whether it’s under the banner of Victory or Syndicate, for whatever reason it’s happening now, something big will be shown.