Assassin’s Creed: Unity co-op missions detailed
Following its reveal at E3 2014, Ubisoft has provided more details on Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s exciting new four-player co-operative mode.
We had our suspicions, but E3 2014 has made it clear that the emphasis of the next-generation is going to be shared experiences. Assassin’s Creed: Unity has been revealed to the world, and Ubisoft’s big hook this year is four-player co-op – letting you form your own brotherhood and bring some forced justice to the French Revolution. A big concern on our mind was how this would be structured, and whether the co-op would intrude on the tight single-player experience we’ve come to expect from Creed.
Thankfully, Unity’s creative director Alexander Amancio has stepped forward to detail the mode in a Ubi released Q&A – which should fan the flames on some of the concerns we’ve seen emerge from the community in the last 24 hours.
“Just like the heroes of the past Assassin’s Creed games, Arno has his own story. The main missions of the game will unfold this very personal story,” confirmed Amancio, putting an end to the fear that single player would disappear in Unity entirely.
“But we wanted to go further and remind the player that the character he’s playing remains an Assassin. And Assassins do not only embark on their own quests (like Ezio avenging his family), they have to pay their dues to the Assassins council. So players will have to complete what we have called Brotherhood missions, in shared experience, to fulfil their duties towards the Assassins.”
This doesn’t mean the mode is simply a gimmick to wow the E3 crowds though, Ubisoft is betting big on the shared experience being a huge part of Creed moving forward.
“We expect players to play about a third of their total game time in shared experience modes,” continues Amancio. “Moreover, we have conceived these missions to be played and replayed in different ways. Players will explore their environments, discover secret passages and create their own opportunities. This will have a direct impact on their gaming experience and the rewards they receive. All of these missions can be played solo and with up to three friends.”
Interestingly, with the Brotherhood missions supporting both single and co-op – only a few will allow for drop-in drop-out play.
“We have built a tech that allows player to join and quit sessions as they are going on. It also allows player to invite their friends during a mission. However, some missions will not allow it because they have some constraints where a player that appears out of nowhere would probably cause more harm than good.”
Assassin’s Creed: Unity is launching 28 October on Xbox One.
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