Londo n Call­ing

Ubisoft takes on the Vic­to­rian era in As­sas­sin’s Creed Syn­di­cate

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The hooded brother­hood won’t be free- run­ning into cine­mas un­til late next year but there’s not long to go be­fore As­sas­sin’s Creed Syn­di­cate ar­rives on PC and con­soles. Fea­tur­ing twin brother and sis­ter As­sas­sins, the his­tor­i­cal ac­tion ad­ven­ture is set in the muchan­tic­i­pated Vic­to­rian era. Amidst Lon­don’s In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion in 1868, gang mem­bers Ja­cob and Evie Frye are tak­ing on the Tem­plars armed not only with the tra­di­tional hid­den blade, but also an all- new Bat­man- style rope launcher to send them hurtling across the Lon­don skyline.

In a first for the se­ries, both As­sas­sins are playable in a beau­ti­ful open world Lon­don, and each have their own unique strengths and tools. “Ja­cob ap­proaches sit­u­a­tions more head- on. He’s more fo­cused to­wards fight­ing his way into and out of a sit­u­a­tion so his skill tree is more geared to­wards com­bat,” cre­ative di­rec­tor Marc Alexis Cote says. “Evie is more strate­gic, more thought­ful and her skill tree’s more geared to­wards stealth.”

Stealth has been up­graded this time around as you switch your top hat for a hood, and mis­sions de­liver far more choice than pre­vi­ous sneaky out­ings. With Lon­don look­ing huge – there are seven unique dis­tricts to ex­plore – and Charles Dar­win and Dick­ens mak­ing star­ring ap­pear­ances in fu­ture DLC, Syn­di­cate is shap­ing up to be crim­i­nally good.

As­sas­sin’s Creed Syn­di­cate re­leases on PS4 and Xbox One on 23 Oc­to­ber and on PC one month later.

Such an au­then­tic recre­ation you’ll be able to smell the Thames.

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