Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity was a giant stinker of a game as it was plagued with bugs and the business with its female characters (rather, it’s lack thereof) wasn’t pleasant either. If Ubisoft wanted to win us all over then a bit of brilliance was in order; but they may just deliver that in Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.
The game features female assassin Shao Jun as the last member of the Chinese Brotherhood of Assassins as she returns to China, seeking revenge. It’s a massive departure from the map-following, chest-looting formula that we’ve come to know and love (or hate?) from the Assassin’s Creed series but it could breathe new life into the franchise. More on Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China after the break.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China Out Tomorrow
The game is set in the 16th century when the Jianjang Emperor saw to it that the Chinese wing of the Assassin Brotherhood were offed as they were a threat to his leadership. But Shao Jun escaped to the West and was mentored by AC fan favourite, Ezio Auditore.
Now, Shao Jun is back in town, ready to unleash a can of stabby justice on those who were involved in murdering her fellow assassins. Along with Shao Jun’s stealth and agility, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China also gives us a deadly arsenal of weapons to play with including a shoe blade, rope darts, daggers and a jian (a double-edged Chinese sword).
And we’ll be taking out enemies all over China as well, with Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China taking us to the Maijishan Grottoes, the Port of Macau, The Forbidden City and The Great Wall and several other historical landmarks. Each location will look great too as Ubisoft explains that the art style for the game was created “by fusing the essence of 16th-century traditional brush strokes with more contemporary impressionistic styles” and that they’re trying to make it feel like a “living painting”.
Shao Jun’s adventure is just the first AC game to be created in this style, as Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is part of a trilogy that will also take us to India and Russia. I’m really liking the new direction that the Assassin’s Creed series is heading in so let’s hope it lives up to the hype.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China will be released on April 21 for PC and Xbox One, April 22 for PS4.