Ubisoft releases footage of Assassin's Creed Unity

With the untimely release of leaked screenshots by Kotaku earlier this week, Ubisoft has now released an official trailer for its next installment of the Assassin's Creed saga titled, Assassin's Creed Unity. Indicated in the leaked screen shots it was suspected that the title would take place in France. The Ubisoft footage confirms this with two scenes of the city, which then pans to the main character overlooking a courtyard where a beheading is taking place. 

According to Ubisoft, the studio has been working on this title for over three years. This title will only be released on next generation platforms and will come some time in 2014. A disclaimer introduces the game footage published on Ubisoft’s YouTube page as alpha footage. Despite being alpha footage, the architecture, lighting and character models look absolutely amazing. Hopefully Ubisoft will continue to publish updates frequently detailing the beta process up until completion. 

A message from the Ubisoft team on the video's YouTube description: 

We have been working on the new Assassin's Creed for more than three years and although we weren't quite ready to show you our full vision for a next-gen only AC, it seems Abstergo are trying to force our hand! So here's a true first look at in-game footage from Assassin's Creed Unity.

Assassin's Creed Unity will be released this Fall on the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

Source: Kotaku | Image via Ubisoft 

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That looks nice but... there is something about AS controls that is incompatible with me. Sigh. Have both AS 2 and Black Flag on XB1 and both are frustrating for me.

I'm considering getting another AC game. I stopped after AC2 but I did read up on the events of Brothehood and Revelations. Should I get AC3 or go straight to AC4? I heard AC3 is boring and liniear compared to AC2. AC4 is said to be a lot more fun but I dont want to miss too much plus the setting seems interesting. Any advice?

They never were able to push this game style very far. They needed to mix in more Splinter Cell elements and truly have the ability for multiple assassination scenarios on the fly (like poison a guy's food, etc).

I'm glad to see that Ubisoft is SO dedicated to milking this franchise that they've decided to release TWO full games this fall...

ALL HAIL GREED!

It says this one has bin I development for a few years maybe either it was suposed be released as a launch game with consoles and got delayed or they've finished earlier than expected which is why there's 2

Let's hope that this time there's the odd sword fight to go with the ridiculous over abundance of sneaking and tailing missions AC4 had.

What the hell have they even done here. I'm confused as to what relevance half the titles has any more. The first and only game I liked in the AC series was Black Flag, are they just doing away with the whole pirate thing now? What a wasted opportunity if so

DeltaXray said,
....

I avoided black flag specifically because I loathed the boating parts of the previous game.

No sailing means I'll be a customer of this title.

Ubisoft suck horribly. they ruined the Tom clancy line of games for linear, fake theatrical games who pretend to be hardcore shooters. I don't but ubisoft software. last title was the last Ghost recon title. it sucked.

I played splinter cell blacklist and I think it's the best splinter cell to date. Don't get me wrong, I loved Chaos Theory and Double Agent, but the mainstream appeal wasn't there, it made people sleep and few have ever actually completed Double Agent.

Assassins Creed has to be one of the best series on the XBOX. They have had a few AC games that were not reviewed that well but you cannot win them all. I really enoyed Black Flag and hope Unity is even better.

I remember I played the original Assassin's Creed and thought it was kind of boring. When ACII came out, I waited quite some time to play it. AC:Brotherhood was already out before I started playing ACII. I played ACII and AC:Brotherhood back-to-back, and that was one of my favorite gaming experiences ever. I would say AC:Brotherhood was the pinnacle of the series, with ACII coming close behind it. AC:Brotherhood did have a bad ending though, and that's where the story first started to become derailed.

With AC:Revelations, the Ezio story was starting to get old, but the game itself was still pretty good in my opinion. AC:III was a pretty good game also, but the ending... They... utterly... destroyed that story.

I bought AC:IV, and played maybe an hour of it before getting distracted with other things. Maybe I'll go back to it again sometime, but I really have no interest in that series anymore.

AC4 is pretty great, IF you really enjoy the parts of the game related to your ship. As an assassin game, AC4 is okay. As a piracy game, and an exploration game, it's outstanding.

And Edward is a pretty good main character. Not as good as Ezio, but that's a tough act to follow.

I bet the real game will never look any closer to this. The current gen consoles are really not up to it. The lighting effects were tremendous in that teaser.

AsherGZ said,
I doubt it. Its a scrictly next gen game meaning they'll go all out and maximize the hardware on the consoles and PC.


Since it says it's a "next-gen and PC only" game that means XB1/PS4 and PC, right now, till DX12 comes out, the XB1 and PC both support/use, DX11. So actually this should be a DX11 game like BF4 etc.

mastercoms said,
This is what they did with watchdogs.

Well, yes and no, Watch Dogs is still coming to the older consoles iirc, they flat out say this next AC game is only for XB1, PS4 and PC. That moves up the lowest common denominator higher and allows for better graphics now that you don't really have to aim for a middle ground between 360/PS3 and XB1/PS4 like Watch Dogs.

George P said,

Well, yes and no, Watch Dogs is still coming to the older consoles iirc, they flat out say this next AC game is only for XB1, PS4 and PC. That moves up the lowest common denominator higher and allows for better graphics now that you don't really have to aim for a middle ground between 360/PS3 and XB1/PS4 like Watch Dogs.

I have to agree with you there, however, it is easier to change graphics when supporting different hardware, as opposed to actual gameplay and critical computations.

mastercoms said,
This is what they did with watchdogs.

What, announce a release date, then postpone it by several months? :p

mastercoms said,

I have to agree with you there, however, it is easier to change graphics when supporting different hardware, as opposed to actual gameplay and critical computations.

Well, sure, but as far as Watch Dogs goes, the gameplay is the same between every version, they just lowered the graphics compared to the original E3 video they showed off which grabbed everyones attention. I think cost cutting and time plays into it, not only do they try and support the older systems but it's cheaper to reuse the same resources between the different versions instead of making 2-3 different ones where you have a low, mid and high graphics quality game for example. They just picked one set that will run on everything and went with it.

George P said,

Well, sure, but as far as Watch Dogs goes, the gameplay is the same between every version, they just lowered the graphics compared to the original E3 video they showed off which grabbed everyones attention. I think cost cutting and time plays into it, not only do they try and support the older systems but it's cheaper to reuse the same resources between the different versions instead of making 2-3 different ones where you have a low, mid and high graphics quality game for example. They just picked one set that will run on everything and went with it.

Yeah, it is cheaper for everything to have generally the same code base. Watch Dogs was hyped with its graphics, however, the graphics that look worse than the E3 demo are still fine and we should be really focusing on how the gameplay works.

Great video and all, but this is NOT gameplay footage. It's a pre-rendered teaser trailer. This has no bearing on what the game itself will look like.

Yep, came here thinking for once Neowin is breaking news on front page, only to find the same footage that leaked two days ago and is stale news by now.

It will be interesting to see what sort of game play elements they bring to Unity. The series has gotten stale thanks an abundance of sequels.

It's obviously pre-rendered but since it's not available on the last gen consoles is a good sign for the quality of this game. More development time for PC and the current gen.

Gaffney said,
It's obviously pre-rendered ....

This is definitely engine rendered, which is why it stutters so much, as it's in Alpha stage.

Nice to see use of features not present in previous gen consoles / runtimes.

You might be mixing up pre-render versus scripted camera motion.