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September 16 2015
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate - PS4 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
23/10/2015UbisoftUbisoftUbisoft Quebec
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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Assassin's Creed: Syndicate looks stunning in this panoramic shot of London.
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Assassin's Creed: Syndicate is out late October.
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Walking around the train station.

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Using vehicles in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.
It is one of the most successful franchises in recent times, and Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed is still going strong. Last years Assassin's Creed: Unity launched in a very unpolished state with plenty of technical glitches, however the French Revolution era game was very entertaining and eventually Ubisoft patched the game and provided free DLC as compensation to gamers. Fortunately, it seems Ubisoft have learnt from their mistakes and are promising a much more polished experience with Assassin's Creed: Syndicate which, we must say, looks pretty spectacular.

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As expected the game has plenty of stealth.
London, 1868. The Industrial Revolution unleashes an incredible age of invention, transforming the lives of millions with technologies once thought impossible. Opportunities created during this period have people rushing to London to engage in this new world, a world no longer controlled by kings, emperors, politicians, or religion, but by a new common denominator: money.

Not everyone is able to enjoy the benefits of this boom, however. Despite fueling the engine of the British Empire, workers' lives are little more than legalized slavery while the top few percent profit from their labor. Living poor and dying young, the lower class unite in protest as a new kind of family, gangs, who turn to a life in the underworld in their struggle to survive. A struggle, until watchful Assassins come to their side and re-ignite an age-old conflict involving Londonís leaders that will echo throughout modern history, from the underground up.

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Even Charles Dickens makes and appearance.
Through this game you can play as either Jacob Frye or his twin sister Evie, with players able to switch between them as the story progresses. While Jacob is more of a brawler Evie relies on her stealthy abilities to complete missions. Weapons have always been a major part of this franchise, and this game includes the kukri knife, brass knuckles, and sword cane. Utilize new technology like the rope launcher to scale buildings in seconds and take your enemies by surprise. In the game you will be able to parkour across moving vehicles to track down enemies or escape after a daring raid, hijack carriages to engage in a no-holds-barred street race, or blaze a trail of destruction aboard steamboats along the River Thames.

With Jacob as the leader, gamers can establish Great Britainís fiercest gang, the only force that can challenge the elite and defeat rival gangs to bring freedom to the oppressed masses. Enemy strongholds can be infiltrated by using an arsenal of weapons to dominate Londonís underworld. From robbing trains to rescuing child laborers, players will stop at nothing to bring justice to Londonís lawless streets.

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Evie is a central character in Syndicate.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this franchise has always been the ability to interact with famous people and in this gam you will encounter the likes of Charles Dickens, biologist Charles Darwin, inventor Alexander Graham Bell and Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.

While most games have have been developed by Ubisoft Montreal, this release has seen development duties switch to Ubisoft Quebec. This studio isn't unfamiliar with the series and have worked on many ports and games including Assassin's Creed III and Black Flag on Wii U as well as Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Revelations and Rogue for PS3, XBox 360 and PC. As usual we expect Ubisoft will have multiple studios contributing to the game.

Something that may surprise in this day and age, and even for this franchise, is that there is no multiplayer component in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. It does seem like a bit of a missed opportunity given the twins (Jacob and Evie) star in the game - online co-op perhaps? Anyway we can only hope the lack of multiplayer means the developers have put those resources into a bigger single player experience. At least there won't be any contraversy about no female characters!

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Brawling on top of a train.
As you can see from the surrounding screenshots, and video below, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate uses the AnvilNext 2.0 engine which powered last years visually stunning Assassin's Creed: Unity but hopefully, and as Ubisoft have promised, with far fewer glitches and bugs at launch.

What is certain is the stunning amount of detail with witch the developers have recreated 1868 London with iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace among those locations while the streets are filled with people wearing clothing from the era, and weapons and vehicles that also suit the time period.

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Big Ben is an iconic location in the game.
With a release set for late October we don't have very long to wait for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate to hit the shelves and we're very keen to check this game out. It looks quite stunning, has a new, massive, location to explore in London, and a new time period in 1868, and of course a playable female character in Jacob's twin sister Evie. With a new game coming out every year Ubisoft needs to keep this franchise fresh and exciting. We'll know if they've succeeded with that very soon.

The Trailer below focuses on the twins in the game, Jacob and Evie. Enjoy...