Yesterday, Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate would be the latest main AC game. In Syndicate we’ll be in London at the height of the Industrial Revolution, where we’ll be stabbing Templars in the neck for putting the poor into poverty. Assassin twins Jacob and Evie Frye take the lead and although we’ll have no choice during story missions, we’ll be able to explore London as whoever we want.
The game has been making all the right noises so far as combat has gotten a massive overhaul and Evie’s inclusion is also a good thing. Ubisoft may have just undone all of that progress though, as the publisher has revealed some controversial Assassin’s Creed Syndicate special editions.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Special Editions
There are five different special editions, each offering various Assassin’s Creed Syndicate collectibles and bonuses at varying price points. The full list is below.
- Standard Edition (£50/$60) – Pre-order the game and get access to the Darwin & Dickens Conspiracy Mission.
- The Rooks Edition (£60) – Comes with a collector’s box, an art book, a map of London, the Assassin’s Creed Syndicate soundtrack, the Darwin and Dickens Conspiracy Mission and the Runaway Train Mission.
- Gold Edition (£70/$90) – Includes the Darwin & Dickens Conspiracy Mission, the game’s season pass and an exclusive in-game Baker Street outfit.
- Charing Cross Edition (£75) – Comes with a collector’s box, the art book, the London map, the soundtrack, the Conspiracy and the Runaway Train missions and a 26cm figurine of Jacob Frye.
- Big Ben Edition (£115) – Includes two collector’s boxes (one for the game, one for the whole thing), a numbered lithograph, a hip flask, the season pass, the two extra missions, the map, the soundtrack and a 30cm figurine of Jacob that has more detail.
While these special editions are entirely optional, there are some criticisms. First and foremost, it seems ridiculous that Ubisoft is offering a bonus to those who pre-order the game when Assassin’s Creed Unity was broken at launch and therefore most people who pre-ordered that game had a horrible experience at first.
Secondly, it’s laughable that Ubisoft is releasing two different versions of Jacob figurines (the biggest difference is that the 30cm figurine has machinery behind it) but not one of Evie, a lead character who will be playable in at least 25% of the game. And finally, how can Ubisoft expect people to buy the season pass now when none of the Assassin’s Creed Syndicate DLC has even been announced yet?
While I don’t begrudge Ubisoft for trying to make money – video games are a business after all – but the company’s system for doing so is heavily flawed. The one thing I can say is that when Warner Bros. faced backlash for their secrecy about the Batman: Arkham Knight DLC, they revealed all of the season pass content within a few days, so hopefully Ubisoft will follow their lead.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be released on October 23, 2015 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.