The Assassin’s Creed series never pulled too many punches when it came to violence, but looks like Assassin’s Creed Unity will be quite a lot darker than its predecessors, especially considering the French Revolution settings, which had its fair share of atrocities.
The ESRB shed some light today on the violent side of the game with its M for Mature ESRB rating, also adding what we can expect in terms of weapons and sexual themes:
This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of Arno Dorian, a man who joins the Assassins Brotherhood in 18th century France. As players follow the storyline, they undertake missions to find, stalk, and kill human enemies. Players use swords, muskets, concealed spikes, and poisonous blades to assassinate characters. Players can also engage in swordfights with armed soldiers, often resulting in characters getting impaled. Cutscenes sometimes depict civilians getting stabbed, burned at the stake, and decapitated by guillotine. Severed heads are occasionally depicted on spikes or held up in the air. The game includes some sexual material: missions referencing brothels, prostitutes; dialogue also includes sexual remarks (e.g., “Add some bestiality and a lecherous priest and I’d say you have the beginnings of a beautiful novel”; “Seven nuns seducing a parish priest into debauchery, or an enormously-endowed Benedictine sodomizing a goat named Pius?”). During the course of the game, players are sent on flashback quest to retrieve wine; while playing these memories, the camera wobbles to simulate drunkenness. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the dialogue.
The descriptors are as follows: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol.
Looks like the good folks at Ubisoft intend to present the French Revolution in Assassin’s Creed Unity with no rose-tinted glasses. It most possibly won’t be a game for players with a weak stomach.