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Ubisoft on Unity’s Paris: ‘The perfect playground for an Assassin’s Creed game’

Excited for Unity?
Excited for Unity?
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As you undoubtedly know by now, Assassin's Creed Unity is taking place during the French Revolution and in Paris, France. While the game will be predominantly set in Paris, players can also journey to The Palace of Versailles for additional action.

This is quite a jump for Assassin's Creed moving from the colorful setting of Black Flag to the grayer Paris setting, but why did Ubisoft make this change? Lesley Phord-Toy, who is a producer at Ubisoft Toronto for Assassin's Creed Unity, spoke with about why the reasoning behind the change in setting and time period.

"It was very much a combination of the French Revolution and Paris [itself]. What happened was after Brotherhood, the core team was given a mandate to say let’s bring Assassin’s Creed to next-gen. Let’s start now, we know next-gen is going to be somewhere [soon] in the future, but what do we need to do right now?

"[We] went back to those three core pillars (navigation, combat and stealth) to focus on providing more player choice, more difficult combat and [making sure] stealth balance gives you more choice for how you’re going to approach a situation.

"We also thought if we are going to focus on bringing an Assassin’s Creed experience that is more realistic, then let’s take advantage of that urban playground in Paris. Paris is such an interesting city to explore, it’s not just the monuments, it’s also the underground catacombs and other things like that.

"The French Revolution is such a historically, culturally relevant time in history and it’s impact on all of Western Civilization. It’s the perfect playground for an Assassin’s Creed game," Phord-Toy said.

On a personal level, one of the incredible ingredients for Assassin's Creed games has been that they take us places that exist today and places that we've even been to. When you've been somewhere and then you get to live it again in a game, it's a surreal feeling.

Locating an Assassin's Creed game in Paris, France was an inevitable event, especially when you consider the history of the country and Ubisoft's headquarters are in Paris. The development team behind Assassin's Creed Unity has their hands full and it'll be interesting to see how this game continues to unfold as we get closer to its Oct. 28 launch date. Assassin's Creed Unity available only on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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