The Art of As­sas­sin’s Creed Unity

The lat­est lav­ish out­ing for Ubisoft’s his­tor­i­cal hit­man makes for a fine col­lec­tion of pre­dictably en­gag­ing art­work

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Au­thor Paul Davies he era-skip­ping ex­ploits of the As­sas­sin’s Creed game fran­chise de­mand a fair num­ber of in­stantly recog­nis­able tropes from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion – stylish vi­o­lence be­ing wrought by a park­our-ob­sessed Hoody, for in­stance – but the breadth of va­ri­ety in both time and lo­cale in ev­ery game does of­fer the artis­tic types at Ubisoft Mon­treal a lux­u­ri­ant de­gree of free­dom to daz­zle and as­tound both de­vout gamers and dis­cern­ing by­standers alike.

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This is the case more than ever for Unity, which this time doesn’t just play out the lat­est rein­car­na­tion’s life span, but (spoiler!) has a plot that spills out of time, ex­plor­ing life in Paris in a whole host of pe­ri­ods, from the Mid­dle Ages to WWII, with celebri­ties like the Mar­quis de Sade and Napoleon drop­ping by to spice things up.

Paul Davies is well sea­soned in stitch­ing to­gether th­ese lav­ish guides to each game’s vi­su­als, and the images largely do the work, with only mod­est cap­tions pre­vail­ing across most of the pages. The rich­ness of the ev­er­ex­pand­ing uni­verse makes it an en­gross­ing pe­rusal even for nongamers, but true fol­low­ers will also be glad to have it on their shelves, long after their mis­sion’s com­ple­tion.

This lat­est As­sas­sin’s Creed art tome shows us ev­ery­thing from the lush character art to the sim­plest con­cept sketches, all in glo­ri­ous full colour.

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