After months of speculation and rumor have circled around the Internet, Ubisoft finally came out and announced the newest iteration in the Assassin's Creed franchise, Assassin's Creed Unity.
As was originally speculated upon, Assassin's Creed Unity will be a next-generation only title, landing on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
We do not have an exact release date to share with you all today, but given Ubisoft's Holiday 2014 launch plug, we expect to see it in November or December.
This was rumored to be the major project that Ubisoft would unveil at E3 2014 later this year, but the rumors seemed to have forced Ubisoft's hand on this one.
While details on all of these things are publicly unconfirmed and are not fact, we still expect Ubisoft to blow the lid off E3 with these types of details and more.
We know you're as excited as we are, so based on what we know and what we have seen, here are five things we believe are coming to Assassin's Creed Unity.
Co-op is finally here
One of the things we keep hearing about Assassin's Creed Unity is that it will be the first iteration to include co-op gameplay.
In the spirit of what Ubisoft seems to be doing with their franchises lately (The Division, The Crew, Watch Dogs), Assassin's Creed Unity will finally be receiving co-op gameplay, just ask the last word in its title, Unity.
What else do you think that means? Ubisoft wouldn't just drop that in there by mistake.
It's not Assassin's Creed V: Unity for a reason. It's a new beginning for the franchise and almost a reboot of sorts.
Co-op in coming, prepare yourself.
'Assassin's Creed Unity' will always be online and integrate multiplayer
Going off of a theme we mentioned in our last slide, Ubisoft has developed a trend with its major franchises lately.
Make things open-world, which Assassin's Creed Unity obviously is going to be, make them multiplayer, and make them online.
All of the above will be true in Assassin's Creed Unity. Just picture running across Paris with tens of other players, some assisting in missions and others enjoying their own single player experiences.
Regardless of whether or not they're playing together, it'll be taking place in a living world, as nearly all next-generation Ubisoft games are calling it now.
Living-world, open-world, integrated-world.
Missions, combat and traversal mechanics will be refined
When we look at missions, combat mechanics and traversal in previous Assassin's Creed games, it's hard to not think all of them are due for a change.
We believe Assassin's Creed Unity will bring a major shift and change in the dynamics of its missions. Going off of our first slide, co-op being implemented, missions will be drastically different with team-based missions now being in the fold.
Hopefully we don't have too many synch-kills.
It seems like a pattern, but Ubisoft will most likely introduce a new combat system, especially since this next-generation only game is a chance for new beginnings for the series.
Finally, traversal is the biggest component to Assassin's Creed and in Unity, we do see some overhaul in the system coming, but changes can't be that enormous since its fairly simple after all.
Naval gameplay is gone and we have an actual Abstergo protagonist
While it was nice to see an embellishment in the naval gameplay for Assassin's Creed IV, that ship has sailed and it's time to put the kibosh on naval gameplay.
With the setting being Paris, France, it's hard to see naval gameplay playing any sort of real role in this game, unless you can travel to another part of the world or have flashbacks to missions with naval gameplay.
Assassin's Creed Unity is taking us back to its roots with land-dominated gameplay. Bring on the air assassinations!
Next, who wasn't totally baffled by the first-person Abstergo protagonist storyline from Black Flag? Yeah we were too.
No Ubisoft, no more. Hit us up with a name and a character. Desmond Miles' story was actually a really good one and we'd like to see another one like it.
First-person Assassin's Creed is just weird. You see Halo going third-person?
Come on now, you're better than that. Gamers, you're getting a new modern day storyline.
Create your own Assassin
Yes, we just went there! For the first time in the Assassin's Creed series, you are going to be able to create your own Assassin.
You'll be able to pick your Assassin's gender, skin tone, attire, class, weapons and much more.
Not only that, you'll be able to upgrade your Assassin's skills and abilities. Hello RPG. Free-running and combat will both be upgradeable traits for your Assassin and possibly more.
We, like you, can't wait for Assassin's Creed Unity on PS4 and Xbox One, and it should hit stores this holiday.