Those man-murdering Assassins will be larking about in 2.5 dimensions soon, or 3.5 if you count time, as Ubisoft have announced a whole subseries of side-on spin-offs set across different eras.
We already knew about Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China [official site] as Ubi offered it as part of the ill-fated Season Pass for Assassin’s Creed Unity. Now they’ve also announced India and Russia games, as well as an April 22nd release date for China, which will come first.
The series will have a ‘2.5D’ take on stealth-o-platform-a-murder, with free running, sneaky tricks, gadgets, and all sorts of murdertools. The 2.5D isn’t only visual, as Assassins can switch between planes. Assassin’s Creed has gone side-scrolling before on portable doodads, I should mention.
Each game is set in a different era with a different hero and its own art style. China goes down in 1526, starring female Assassin Shao Jun from an AC cartoon in a gentle brush stroke-y style. India goes down all bright and colourful in 1841, starring Arbaaz Mir from an AC graphic novel. Lastly, Russia is set in 1918 with Nikolaï Orelov from another comic, in a stark Soviet propaganda-y style.
Ubi say all three games are “tied together narratively” – mercy me, they’re incapable of telling any story without spinning a web of guff, aren’t they?
The games are being made by Climax Studios, the folks recently known most perhaps for Silent Hill: Origins and Shattered Memories.
Look, here’s a trailer introducing all three: