Although "Unity" sounds a bit less imposing than, say, "Napoleon," the so-so name doesn't make us any less excited about the next instalment of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series – the kind of franchise that is only likely to end once it reaches Assassin's Creed: Mars or something to that effect.
Ubisoft has officially confirmed Assassin's Creed: Unity but a few days after gaming site Kotaku published leaked screenshots of the in-development game. A new "sneak peak" trailer from Ubisoft confirms the game's setting: The good ol' French Revolution. Or, at least, we can only presume that the rather imposing shot of a working guillotine at the trailer's conclusion is meant to convey the game's timeline of 18th-century France.
As for other details, we're a bit light. Ubisoft's sneak peak trailer is all the company is officially leaking out thus far about the new Assassin's Creed title, so it's pure speculation as to whether it will continue to follow the "Kenway family" plot of the previous two titles in the series. The only other key details that Ubisoft is spilling at this time is that the new Assassin's Creed title will be for next-gen platforms only — PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One — and it'll arrive around the holiday season this year instead of the more traditional Autumn timeline for Assassin's Creed titles.
If that upsets those still holding on to their PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, fear not: A second Assassin's Creed game is rumoured to be in development as well, and it'll likely find a home on those systems (though it's unclear whether Ubisoft will also release it for the aforementioned PlayStation 4 and Xbox One).
According to a description attached to the YouTube version of the trailer, Assassin's Creed: Unity has been in development for the better part of three years at this point. That's a bit longer than most titles in the series, and we can only assume that the intent has been to optimise the game for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One all along.
"By cashing in on the excitement about Unity while it's still rampant, Ubisoft positions itself as a major publisher that's in touch with its audience. Watch the trailer again real quick. What does it tell you about the game? The most important bit of info to be had is the setting. It also confirms there's an assassin in it, which was a given, and that Unity is coming out during the holiday season this year (again, a given)," writes GamesRadar's Ryan Taljonick.
"There's no need for Ubisoft to expose all the nitty-gritty details about Unity just yet; simply providing a small tease is all that's necessary to balloon public interest. It's a smart move that not only capitalises on the buzz generated from leaked information, but will also minimise the spread of speculated misinformation going forward."