Assassin’s Creed Unity ‘screenshots’ leak out, video pulled by Ubisoft

A video featuring alleged new images of next-gen exclusive Assassin’s Creed Unity has been removed from YouTube by Ubisoft, suggesting the screenshots could have been legitimate leaks.

The video was posted online by YouTube user ‘watchdogs xwk’ on Wednesday and is reported to have featured a series of images taken from the upcoming adventure. One of them, which you can see above, was snapped prior to the video being removed.

 

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The alleged screens follow previous Unity leaks, which forced Ubisoft to formally announce the game ahead of schedule.

The game is expected to be set during the French Renaissance and star a new assassin, and is due for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC later this year.

A second Assassin’s Creed title, reportedly called Assassin’s Creed: Comet, is rumoured to be in development for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Assassin’s Creed: Unity setting was foretold by AC: Brotherhood ending

Jeffrey Yohalem, writer of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, has revealed that, like an Assassin in a crowd of monks, the setting of the next Assassin’s Creed game has been in front of us all along. Yohalem was asked by a fan on Twitter if the flashing symbols shown during the ending of Brotherhood were a hint for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Unity, to which Yohalem responded:

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“Yup.”

Yohalem also noted that another symbol shown during the ending, the Eye of Providence, hinted at the setting for Assassin’s creed 3. Oo, this is fun! Let’s see, what other symbols can we find? Well, there’s what kind of looks like a Shinto shrine and … is that a cave drawing of a monkey with a super curly tail? Man, we really should have paid more attention in History class.

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UBISOFT plans to keep releasing Assassin’s Creed games annually.

Ubisoft plans to support the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for many more years and to keep releasing Assassin’s Creed games annually.

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“We are able to offer people a new Assassin’s Creed every year because they want Assassin’s Creed every year,” Ubisoft vice president of creative Lionel Raynaud told Edge. “As long as this is true we would be very stupid to not satisfy this need, but it puts a lot of pressure on us to create something that will never disappoint.”

Raynaud also said that Ubisoft will keep supporting the PS3 and Xbox 360 because of the many people still playing those consoles, but that this will not hold back Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of its games.

“If you decide that new gen is lead for all of your games, then you have no restrictions at all – you’re just saying that the other generation will maybe not be able to have everything but still be a better game than we’re used to having on this generation,” he said. “We never made choices on Assassin’s Creed or Watch Dogs where because we have this other generation we couldn’t put something in the game. It would be a very bad call from a company and brand perspective.”

Last week Ubisoft revealed Assassin’s Creed Unity, which will release only on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Earlier this week, we heard that the other Assassin’s Creed coming out this fall is Assassin’s Creed Comet, and that it will launch on Xbox 360 and PS3.

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Report: 2014’s other Assassin’s Creed game will let you play as a Templar

Last week, Ubisoft confirmed Assassin’s Creed Unity for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. But that’s not the only Assassin’s Creed game launching this fall, according to a new report today from Kotaku. A game called Assassin’s Creed Comet will launch this holiday season for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (no word on Wii U) and lets you play as a Templar, sources have told the website.

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Assassin’s Creed Comet will reportedly be set in North America and have you play as a Templar named Shay. Of course, the Templars have traditionally served as the main antagonist group for the entire Assassin’s Creed series, so this would be a major shift in design.

 

The game will also supposedly let players travel to New York and “do a great deal of sailing” in the Atlantic Ocean. Kotaku’s sources described Assassin’s Creed Comet as a cross between Assassin’s Creed III and the Freedom cry DLC for Assassin’s Creed 4; Black Flag.

Characters from past Assassin’s Creed titles, like Haytham Kenway and Adewale, are also reportedly set to appear in Assassin’s Creed Comet.

Ubisoft declined to comment on the report today about Assassin’s Creed Comet, so you should take this information with a grain of salt for now. That said, Kotaku’s sources were right about Assassin’s Creed Unity, so it might not be long before Ubisoft makes a formal announcement.

 

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Assassin’s Creed 5: Unity confirmed with teaser trailer from Ubisoft and Christmas 2014 release date

Assassin’s Creed: Unity has been confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One, with a trailer showing new lead (Arno?) amid the French Revolution.

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The sneak peak depicts a public execution in 18th century Paris, with the assassin perched atop a roof, as ever, consulting a pocket watch and deciding whether to take action.

The trailer follows leaked screenshots earlier in the week which teased the game’s new parkour system.

Unity is expected to take place during the French Revolution, which came between the years 1789 and 1799.

 

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Assassin’s Creed 5 main character image leaked?

An image has leaked showing what some believe to be the main character for Assassin’s Creed 5. The image is a leaked photo reportedly taken at Ubisoft Montreal.

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The poster (courtesy of Gamespace) shows an as yet unseen Assassin holding what could be a hidden blade however gamers have already taken to the forums to speculate as to whether it is in fact a revolver.

Whilst Ubisoft has ruled out the prospect of feudel Japan or ancient Egypt there is still wide speculation that the next Assassin’s Creed game could be set in Victorian London or indeed Revolutionary France.

A revolver would certainly support the idea of Victorian London however Ubisoft is staying silent on the matter so for now we’ll have to rely on the image above and hearsay.

In a recent interview with Edge Magazine Ubisoft confirmed that Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag had been built for Xbox 360 and Sony PS3 then ported to next-gen, whereas its latest venture Watch Dogs had been built for next-gen first.

This could suggest that Ubisoft is looking to create Assassin’s Creed 5 exclusively for Xbox One and Sony PS4, of course that’s just speculation.

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Ubisoft clarifies that Assassin’s Creed is not ending

Ubisoft clarified that that the confusion regarding Assassin’s Creed series coming to an end is not true. He also said that there are no plans to abandon PS3 and Xbox 360 players in the near future.

Last year, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag game director, Ashraf Ismail suggested that an overarching narrative had been planned out of the series, in which individual games would slot. Earlier this year, however, another Ubisoft employee contradicted the previous statement.

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IGN India quoted Ashraf Ismail: ”Yeah… that was my bad. What I was trying to say is that there is this meta-arc in the brand, in the franchise. We know what we want to do with the franchise, that’s what I meant by it, that we know where we want the metastory to head. Now, how many games fit into that and how that plays out is still to be determined by the dev teams themselves.

“There are multiple dev teams working on AC, each team is responsible for their own game. There are people working on the brand level that try to make sure things fit together nicely, but there’s no master plan. I’m not here to say in five years, yep, that’ll be the end. Not at all. But we do know where we want the brand to go and what kind of metastory we want to tell. I hope that gives you a better answer.”

Regarding the expectation of  Assassin’s Creed V to appear on PS3 and Xbox 360, Ismail opined: ”I think Ubisoft as a company has already said that there’s a huge pool of players on Xbox 360 and PS3, so of course we’ll continue to support them.

“How is up to each team to figure out on their own. For sure though, with Assassin’s Creed we can’t let hundreds of millions of players that own older consoles miss out on AC. So for sure, we love the next-gen consoles and seeing how far we can push the content but we have to see how we also cater to our fans that have the Xbox 360 or PS3.”

 

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Could Russia’s Ukraine Situation Force A Change In ‘AC 5’ Release Date?

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The Assassin’s Creed 5 location may be Russia, but given current real world events, we have to wonder if there might a change needed in the game just to avoid political unrest. Russia has always been proud of its national heritage, and might not take kindly to a story about rebellion in its history so close to potential war. Considering the situation with Ukraine, Ubisoft may need to postpone the setting and possibly scavenge what they have for another location.

The claim over the Crimea peninsula has led to raised tensions and possibly Naval war, as previously reported by The Inquisitr. Nuclear warheads have reportedly been prepared, and ICBMs fired in response to what appears to be a serious political tug of war. Revisiting a political struggle so soon after such conflict could land Ubisoft in some international trouble. At the least it could get the series banned in Russia, a rather large market for video games.

Retooling a game of that magnitude takes time, as Ubisoft has shown us with Watch dogs‘ development time, and developing for more powerful consoles could require more time in general. If Ubisoft is forced to change the location, it could postpone the AC 5 release date to 2015

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