When Assassin’s Creed Unity was released last year, Ubisoft wasn’t just criticised for the game’s broken launch state – they also came under fire for not including any playable female characters. So when Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was announced, with male and female lead characters, twins, Jacob and Evie Frye, there was hope that the company could make things right.
Ubisoft maintains that Evie Frye’s inclusion wasn’t just a reaction to the controversy, though, and Syndicate‘s creative director Hugo Giard says that if she was, that would make her feel “shoe-horned” in. Evie isn’t an afterthought and she’s certainly not a sidekick either, as this new Assassin’s Creed Syndicate gameplay walkthrough shows.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Gameplay Walkthrough – Evie Frye
Ubisoft has previously stated that Evie is the more stealth oriented twin; Jacob is brawn over brains and Evie is precise and steady. After introducing her with the Evie Frye trailer at E3, that’s made even more clear in this walkthrough, as many of the ways that you can assassinate the target in this ‘black box’ mission (a mission where you can choose your own path) require patience.
The paths on show in this walkthrough include: shivving a guard for his keys and just sneaking into the building where your target lays in wait, or killing off guards (using an electricity bomb, natch) and freeing a police constable, using his influence to mount an assault on the Templars, or you can team up with another allied character, murdering some disguised Templars and then waltzing into your target’s quarters, undercover.
It’s that last one that Ubisoft puts the most focus on, using that path to show off the ‘chameleon’ ability which allows Evie to disguise herself and become invisible when she’s in stealth mode. It even works when she’s on open ground. It’s nice to see that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate offers plenty of variety, as the game surely caters to all fans whether they prefer all out combat or planning sneaky routes.
However, both the chameleon ability and the voltaic bomb look incredibly overpowered. The Assassin’s Creed games have never been entirely grounded in realism, but both of those abilities seem completely bonkers. Here’s hoping that they’re well-balanced and that they fit in with the rest of the game’s levels at launch.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be released on October 23, 2015 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.