Size and scale are two themes that are immediately present in an Assassin's Creed game, and with Unity that sentiment is not changing. With Ubisoft's desire to build a world that is on a 1:1 scale, players will see this ring true the most with major monuments like the Notre Dame.
People who will remember Brotherhood's Coliseum will remember that climbing the structure felt entertainingly arduous, yet it wasn't on a 1:1 scale. In Assassin's Creed Unity, scaling the Notre Dame will be like actually climbing up it in real-life, minus the whole putting your life on the line thing. Lesley Phord-Toy, who is a producer at Ubisoft Toronto for Assassin's Creed Unity, told Examiner.com about the developer's new found desire to make everything 1:1.
"In previous Assassin’s Creed [games], we did Rome and a bunch of other cities. They were a bit cheated in terms of scale. Paris and its monuments are really on a 1:1 scale because you’ll be able to go inside [of buildings] seamlessly, no loading. The actual size of Paris is larger than all of the landmass of Black Flag. The Notre Dame is three or four times the size of the Coliseum [in Brotherhood].
"[Assassin’s Creed Unity] is really on a massive scale, and you notice it right away. You’ll be climbing these buildings and [notice] you feel so small, but then you also feel extremely powerful. [Paris] just feels like it extends forever," Phord-Toy said.
As you no doubt have heard by now, the game's parkour has been recreated specifically for Assassin's Creed Unity. It's a new beginning for the series and has a unique chance to redefine itself on a new set of systems. Phord-Toy talked about another game location as well as it's parkour.
"We are very much focused on the city of Paris. [But] we also have the Palace of Versailles, so that’s outside of Paris. We’ve revamped our three pillars, navigation, combat and stealth. Particular on navigation, we’ve made it a lot more precise and are giving players a lot more freedom. So now you can parkour up, parkour down and parkour through," Phord-Toy said.
It's going to be great to see Assassin's Creed return to a completely land-based game. It'll be the first time we've seen that since Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Oct. 28 will be the day you can get your hands on Assassin's Creed Unity, and it's only available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.