Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is the forthcoming installment in the titular franchise from video game developer Ubisoft, and will be the ninth proper sequel in the series so far. Featuring Victorian London as its primary setting and historical backdrop, initial trailers, screenshots, and concept art have so far promised the tale of twin assassins, Jacob and Evie Frye, as they traipse across a foggy, Dickensian landscape dotted with historical and original characters and situations for players to interact with and explore.
With an initial DLC add-on already announced for fans prepared to pre-order (featuring character models based on Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens, no less), the latest featured footage promises even more bonus content exclusively for the PS4.
In the most recent trailer, a series of gruesome, bloody murders proliferate, with the Frye twins at the heart of much of the intrigue and mystery. Drawing attention to the pre-established convention of assassins in the series being able to observe the world through heightened senses, Syndicate appears primed to explore how this core gameplay mechanic might be used to exploit the mystery-detective gaming subgenre.
Drawing obvious inspiration, both aesthetically and technically, from Batman: Arkham Knight, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate looks to be lifting much of its supporting narrative and subsidiary gameplay wholesale from other contemporary successes and sources. It appears as though Ubisoft may be attempting to explore the open-world gaming success enjoyed most recently by the former title, yet all the while remaining largely consistent and faithful to the core property.
Many of the Assassin’s Creed titles that have been the most fun and enjoyable have come with the development and evolution of the franchise’s ability to play with the conventions previously set by past games. Based on all appearances so far, the newest entry in the series promises even more evolution in terms of the scope and range of the type of gameplay that Ubisoft has to offer.
With any luck, Syndicate will prove to be just as enjoyable and expansive as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was in 2013. For the time being, however, players will just have to wait and see after the game finally hits store shelves.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be available to purchase from all participating retailers in the U.S. on October 23rd, 2015 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.