The next installment of the powerhouse Assassin’s Creed video game franchise from Ubisoft is about to be announced.
According to a report from Polygon, Ubisoft is expected to announce the arrival of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate — the ninth main-series installment of the series and follow-up to last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity — this coming Tuesday, May 12th. Syndicate is expected to take place in Victorian-era London, with an official advertisement saying the game will, “transport millions of gamers to an astonishing recreation of London during the Industrial Revolution where they will find themselves immersed in a game world they’ll have to see to believe.” The only other known detail of the game’s plot is the name of the new Assassin, Jacob Frye.
Along with Activision’s Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed has become one of the major annualized video game franchises, with Ubisoft releasing a new installment each holiday season. The first game took place in the 11th century, and introduced players to the centuries-old conflict between the order of the Assassins and the villainous Templars. Clever usage of science fiction storytelling elements allowed players to see the conflict from the early eras through the present day. The next three games in the series, Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations, took the setting to the late 15th and early 16th centuries around the time of the Italian Renaissance, and featured the game series’ most popular Assassin, Ezio Auditore da Firenze.
Assassin’s Creed III took place during the American Revolution in the New World, where Assassin Connor takes on the Templars and British redcoats. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag followed Connor’s grandfather, Edward Kenway, during the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean. 2014 saw the release of two game sin the series, with Xbox 360 and PS3 exclusive Assassin’s Creed Rogue following an Assassin-turned-Templar during the Seven Years’ War, while the new-gen Assassin’s Creed Unity followed Assassin Arno Dorian’s efforts to expose the true power behind the French Revolution.
While the series generally garners positive reviews, a series of game-breaking bugs and glitches with last year’s Unity severely shook fans’ confidence in Ubisoft. Hopefully, Syndicate will be free of those problems when it’s released this fall.
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