Assassin's Creed Unity Has No Loading at All in Paris; More Info on Gameplay, Customization and Story

By Giuseppe Nelva

July 25, 2014

Ubisoft is holding a panel at San Diego Comic Con, and the panelists, including Aisha Tyler, Creative Director Alex Amancio,  Arno’s voice actor Dan Jeannotte and The Walking Dead co-creator Tony Moore, gave more information about the upcoming next generation Assassin’s Creed chapter: Unity.

Here’s a recap of what was said, courtesy of the official Assassin’s Creed Twitter.

  • The French Revolution setting provides massive crowds, great characters, and new narrative opportunities, and was a perfect setting for a game.
  • The French Revolution brought a lot of contrast. It’s brutal and chaotic, but it led to amazing stories that are captured in the game.
  • Arno starts on his own mission for redemption, but he soon realizes there’s so much more for him to do for the people of France.
  • Arno is witty, funny and direct.
  • Arno starts of pretty selfish, but as he gets stronger he becomes more a part of the larger fight of the French Revolution.
  • There’s also a bit of a love interest.
  • Arno has real personal motivations driving his quest.
  • The game is more systemic. The developers want chaos to happen. There are several factions that interact with each other on their own. This means that events happen around you even if you don’t intervene. It makes the city feel more alive and more unpredictable.
  • There are seamless interiors you can enter with no loading. Once you’re in Paris, there’s no loading.
  • One major focus for ACU is character progression. You can collect and customize your items and skills to make Arno your own.
  • You take your version of Arno into co-op, so how you progress your character affects how you play everywhere.
  • There aren’t any explicit cameos from the older chapters of the series, but previous characters are alluded to in the story.

Can’t say I’m unhappy to hear that Arno will have a sense of humor. After the brooding lapse with Assassin’s Creed III, I’m glad that Ubisoft decided to stick with this approach for its main character.

During the panel a new and rather grotesque story trailer by Horror master Rob Zombie  and Tony Moore was also revealed, showcasing the game’s backstory and its rendition of Paris. You can see it below, alongside a behind the scenes featurette.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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