It is the ninth major installment in a best-selling action game series, this time developed by Ubisoft Quebec. After a brief affair with the French Revolution the developers decided to take players to 19th-century London of the Victorian era, giving them control of two characters: hot-headed young man named Jacob and his twin sister Evie. Although the game retains all of its key elements, gameplay mechanics went through some changes. The streets are full of carriages, which, just as in Grand Theft Auto series, can be hijacked and used to move around the city. Another essential element stems from the fact of leading Jacob’s gang, and which, among other things, results in street brawls with opposing groups. The game faithfully recreates the topography of the capital city of England, so you can easily find and recognize such landmarks as Westminster Palace or St. Paul’s Cathedral. The heroes also gained new weapons and gadgets as well as previously unseen abilities.
Syndicate is the ninth main installment in the Assassin’s Creed series. The franchise was started by Ubisoft in 2007 and has gained a worldwide recognition since then. As per usual, SyndicateSyndicate's development process was managed by Ubisoft's Quebec branch.
This time around, the story is set in the Victorian-era London, in the year 1868 to be precise. The leading theme of the game is the Industrial Revolution and its influence on the society – exploitation of workers, who flocked to the capital city of the British Empire in search of a better future, only to end up as slaves to raging capitalism of the era. The situation changes when the society (specifically its criminal underground) gets under the patronage of the Assassins. One of them is Jacob Frye – a quick-tempered young man with a penchant for brawls and strong liquors. His goal is to instigate a revolt against those who oppress the workers – another form of commitment in their war against the Templars.
The biggest innovation in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is the introduction of a second playable character – to Jacob's aid comes his twin sister Evie, her analytical abilities and calm disposition make her a perfect counterweight for her brother. Main storyline is divided between the two protagonists; each of them gets their own share of missions (most of them belong to Jacob), but you can freely switch between them during free exploration. In addition, the game introduces a couple of new weapons – a cane sword, kukri blade, brass knuckles, and a revolver – as well as new moves, making combat faster and more brutal than ever. Furthermore, the sneak attack mechanics was improved.
An important element to Syndicate's gameplay is taking command of Jacob’s gang. You can use them to fight the tycoons of London by taking over consecutive city districts, which often leads to a big brawl between rivaling groups. As usual, the game offers also numerous ways to infiltrate enemy territory.
With the decision to set the game during the Industrial Revolution period come various new ways for you to navigate the virtual environment. The streets of the era are filled with carts, which you can steal and drive around in the fashion of Grand Theft Auto series. Travelling across London was also made faster, thanks to the introduction of trains. Additionally, there are some new options when it comes to free-running - Jacob has a rope launcher, which helps him quickly get up on rooftops and slide across the streets between them.
The developers took special care to faithfully recreate the Victorian London in detail – not only can you visit the city's famous landmarks (such as the Palace of Westminster or the St. Paul’s Cathedral), but also touch the unique atmosphere of the setting. Apart from sightseeing and enjoying the spirit of the times, the game offers numerous side activities, including gambling and cart races.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is a game exclusively dedicated to single player experience and features neither multiplayer gameplay nor a companion app.
Just like the previous chapter in the series (AC: Unity), the game employs an improved version of Anvil engine, developed with eighth generation platforms in mind.