Vive la France! ASSASSIN’S CREED: UNITY Announced for Next-Gen

Some things in gaming have turned from surprises to traditions – E3, hype and disappointment over a new IP, the Call of Duty fan cycle, to name a few – and a big tradition is the arrival of a new all-singing, all-stabbing Assassin’s Creed game. Last year saw piratical jaunt Black Flag – and after some ‘leaks’ (they were more like floods, but I digress) earlier this week, Ubisoft have announced this year’s Creed game. Or one of them.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity (for some reason, they’ve dropped the number) is (one of) this year’s new Assassin’s Creed game(s) exclusively for next-generation consoles – and the franchise’s seventh outing takes us not to Japan or Russia, but to good ol’France, during the French Revolution. Or to be precise, the country’s capital, Paris, sans Eiffel Tower (on account of it not being built until a hundred years after) with a brand spanking new assassin who loves tall buildings just as much as you do. The assassin’s name and background – the name booted around has been Arno – are yet to be confirmed, but we do have a lovely looking gameplay trailer, which you can see below:

Unity is expected to be one of the two Creed games we’ll see in 2014 – another title, codenamed Comet, is expected to be announced soon exclusively for current-gen consoles. Details are yet to be confirmed, but it’s likely Comet will act as a sister title to Unity in the same way Liberation was to Assassin’s Creed 3 – so expect a shorter campaign and similar setting, but a new city and assassin (because let’s face it, Ubisoft wouldn’t squander two time periods in one year).

Assassin’s Creed: Unity will be out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in late 2014.