I was waiting during E3 for Ubisoft to prove that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate [official site] is a worthy addition to the franchise. True to form, the publisher has released about a million trailers (okay, three) for the game during E3. None of them have quelled my fears.
The concept of building up a street gang to rise to power seems immeasurably dull to me. All of the footage shown in the trailers below feels soulless. Exactly the opposite feeling I have when I think back to Black Flag’s sea shanties or Brotherhood’s takedown of the Borgias.
As for the “Evie trailer”, it’s clear Ubisoft got spooked by the backlash against Unity’s lack of female characters last year and, while Evie herself is proof that they’re trying to fix it, there’s still a ways to go. Constantly referring to her as “Jacob’s sister” is getting pretty annoying, as is not letting her voice over her own trailer.
On the plus side, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s London looks gorgeous and I am very much looking forward to exploring the virtual city circa 1868. I just wish there was a compelling game to play within it, too.