Ubisoft is expanding into new territory with the upcoming DLC Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China. Not only will we travel east of Syria for the first time in an Assassin’s game, we will get to play this universe’s first “2.5-D” side-scroller.
Game developer Climax Studios didn’t stop there; the art of ACC:China is also new. It’s an obvious style choice to match this installment, yes – but on a deeper level, East Asian ink wash is an expressionistic style, meant to capture the unseen.
True to that form, you will get to do a lot of sneaking and hiding, if that’s your thing; all-out combat is not hard to find either. Martial arts and a new Foot Blade makes me feel like I’m in the House of Flying Daggers, being animated by Ookami.
The plot of ACC:China centers around Shao Jun, the last Assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood. She was first introduced to us in Ezio Auditore’s epilogue short film, Assassin’s Creed: Embers. We learn that she was a former concubine, now on the run from servants of the Chinese Emperor Zhengde. As a parting gift, Ezio will give Shao Jun a mysterious little box, that should only be used if “you lose your way”. (Jump to the end of this article for the trailer!)
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China starts after Shao leaves Ezio in Masyaf. As she returns to China – with a cold serving of revenge for the Templars and deadly new skills from her time studying under the legendary mentor – will we finally find out what was in that box?
According to Ubisoft, you’ll need to buy the $29.99 Season Pass to access this DLC, which should be available early 2015. Unity is only available on next-gen consoles and PC. Check out the E3 Cinematic Trailer here, if you haven’t already!
Now for some real talk, kids. You’re probably aware Ubisoft is currently facing the backlash of some negative press it faced at E3 in June, where they announced the abandonment of women assassins in Unity co-op, because of the supposedly massive amounts of additional work needed to create their skeletons, motion capture, and voice work.
Something’s fishy, and it makes me grumpy – but if you’re interested in a level-headed discussion of why this should piss you off, check out Andrea The Gamer Chick‘s episode on YouTube. As of right now, anyone playing co-op Unity will only have the main male hero Arno from the single-player campaign in co-op.
Does it feel like a slap in the face to you? Ubisoft creates another female protagonist, but because they’re under fire for being lazy about 3D animating female bodies, they’ve demoted her to two and a half dimensions. I smell a pretty strong passive aggressive move, here. Tell me what you think!
Come back in October for more talk about Assassin’s Creed Rogue and Unity!
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