E3 2015: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Evie Frye Trailer

Assassin's Creed Syndicate Evie Frye

When Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was announced earlier this year, many people were pleasantly surprised. Not only was the game set in Victorian London, a setting that fans have been asking for for quite some time, but it also featured a playable female protagonist which is a first for a main Assassin’s Creed game. Plus, given that Assassin’s Creed Unity caused controversy with its lack of playable female characters, the decision to let players run around London as either Jacob Frye or his twin sister Evie was considered a huge win.

However, Ubisoft didn’t win everyone over with their reveal of Evie as she seemed to take a backseat to her brother. Not only was she not featured much in the reveal trailer, but the special editions of the game featured no Evie-related merchandise and one report suggested that Evie would only be playable in around 25% of the game’s main campaign. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case at last night as at Sony’s E3 2015 press conference, Evie was front and centre in her very own Assassin’s Creed Syndicate trailer.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Special Editions Revealed

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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.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Announced, Will Feature Playable Female Character

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Following the (thoroughly broken) launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity last year, an insider leak revealed that Ubisoft was working on a new game called Assassin’s Creed Victory that would be set in London. Seven months later and we’ve now got an official reveal, along with a new name. Introducing: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

What’s the deal with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate‘s playable female character? What’s putting the fire into our assassins’ bellies, encouraging them to fight for freedom and justice? And what are the new ways we can kill our enemies? All of these questions are answered after the jump.

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Uplay Sale Discounts Over 400 Games, Including Assassin’s Creed and Dragon Age

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Uplay is Ubisoft’s answer to Steam. The online storefront allows Ubisoft to sell games directly to fans, meaning that Valve won’t take a cut. It also allows Ubisoft to sell a great many non-digital things too such as character figurines or official branded clothing. Unfortunately, for Ubisoft, no one really likes it.

Uplay also allows Ubisoft to make sure that people aren’t pirating the game but not only does this extra level of DRM (Digital Rights Management) feel unnecessary, it’s also coupled with bad servers that limit multiplayer and it has a habit of crashing. The one thing that Uplay does get right are its semi-regular sales and in its latest round of deals, over 400 games have been discounted.

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China Launch Trailer Released

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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.

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Announced; Takes Players to India, China and Russia

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Although Assassin’s Creed‘s storylines are based on achieving freedom and equality for all, one long-standing sore spot has been its lack of diversity. AC2, Revelations, Brotherhood, Black Flag and Unity were led by white men (it’s unclear what Altair from AC1‘s ethnicity is) and although Assassins’ Creed 3 featured Connor, a Native American protagonist, we also had to play as his white father for a significant chunk of the game. Last year, publisher and developer Ubisoft also came under fire for not including playable female characters in Assassin’s Creed Unity.

And while no one can force Ubisoft to include more diverse characters in doing so, they can tell more stories about more cultures and more groups of people throughout history. That’s what the company is doing now with the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles trilogy that takes us to India, China and Russia too.

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6 Things Ubisoft Can Do To Make Us Hate Them Less

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It’s been a busy few months for Ubisoft. They’ve managed to offend a majority of the gaming population, they’ve been releasing broken games left, right and centre and when those games proved to be broken, they even managed to make matters worse when they tried to fix them. Crikey, I hope Ubisoft have had time for a nap.

But, when the pitchforks have been blunted and our arms have grown tired from banging on their office doors and windows, Ubisoft will try and make amends. To make matters easier for them and to air out our grievances, we’ve put together a list of just a few things Ubisoft can do to make us hate them just that little bit less.

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‘Assassin’s Creed: Victory’ Out Next Year, Only on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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To put it bluntly, Assassin’s Creed Unity has been a bit of a mess. There were abysmal framerate drops (Unity reportedly dropped below 10 frames per second, far lower than the 30 FPS Ubisoft once showed off), graphical issues (character faces fell apart) and connection issues with Ubisoft’s servers that stopped players from doing things such as opening chests. Despite patches, the problems with the game are on-going and Ubisoft has even had to give away free Unity DLC and free Ubisoft titles to apologise. It’s with good reason that many are discussing how future AC games will fare and now the next game Assassin’s Creed: Victory has been confirmed.

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PSN Sale Discounts Assassin’s Creed, Madden and More

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Deals, glorious deals! Discounts and good bargains! I could be a songwriter, me, but for now I’m a humble deals reporter as Sony have announced a massive wealth of discounts on top of their earlier price slash this month and an Amazon-hosted sale that was also of good value. This new PSN sale runs a bit longer than those other two though, which I suppose is where the the allure is. There are PS4, PS3 and PS Vita games going cheap and you can find out more after the break.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Co-Op Walkthrough Is Stealthy, Woman-Less

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Like the ridiculous faux-willy waving antics of Saints Row, or the inevitable controversy surrounding every BioWare title, Assassin’s Creed Unity like every other AC games before it, will include a whole lot of stealth. This time though the latest game in Ubi’s stab now, loot later franchise will include stealth and co-op. What can we expect from the Assassin’s Creed Unity co-op gameplay? If you’re expecting to play as a woman, then expect to be disappointed but if you’re happy with a male-only cast of ragtag death dealers then you’re in for a treat. Watch a demo of the mode, complete with shadows, murder and Templar intrigue after the break.

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