Assassin's Creed is arguably one of the most popular gaming franchises today, and for any series that needs to evolve to keep people's attention, changes must be made. Change in a game can be defined in a variety of different ways, but for Assassin's Creed Unity it's more than just a new hero, time period and setting.
Ubisoft has tried to blend certain elements of different genres into the Assassin's Creed series over the past few years. From a progression standpoint, the company described just how much farther they are taking Assassin's Creed Unity's main protagonist.
"You can upgrade everything that Arno wears on his body, broken down in 5 categories: head, legs, arms, waist and chest. Head items change the visuals of your hood. They can change variables such as decreasing guard proximity reaction speed and increasing your Eagle Sense radius.
"Leg items change the visuals of your pants & boots. They can Decrease Fall Damage, Decrease Running noise, and give you additional health. Arm items change the visuals of your hidden blade. They can give you increased melee damage, increased Phantom Blade capacity and increase the duration it takes you to revive your friends.
"Waist items change the visuals of your belt & sash. They mostly impact your carry capacity, such as increased cherry bombs, increased smoke bombs, etc. They can also increase your HP. Finally, chest items change the visuals of your iconic Assassin’s robes. They change your defense, blending time (while hiding in crowds) and the time it takes for a guard to detect you," Ubisoft said.
The increasing presence of RPG elements in Assassin's Creed games has grown with the previous iterations before Unity. We saw RPG mechanics in the Jackdaw as well as certain parts of Edward. Upgrading your pirate cove was another RPG aspect we saw in Black Flag.
With Ubisoft taking a new step forward for the Assassin's Creed franchise, it's not surprising to see such a strong RPG presence in Assassin's Creed Unity. Collectibles are always part of an Assassin's Creed game and it'll be interested to see how those will allow players to forgo some of the upgrades they would have to do via natural progression.
Assassin's Creed Unity was recently delayed, albeit hardly at all. The first new-generation only game for Assassin's Creed will launch on Nov. 11 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.