Ubisoft edges closer and closer to modern day with Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. The game takes place in London in 1868 and stars the sibling duo, Jacob and Evie Frye. Ubisoft unveiled their latest Assassin’s Creed game with a 9-minute gameplay demo and a new trailer.

Here’s the announcement trailer.

Looks pretty good, right? Here’s the 9-minute gameplay footage.

Ubisoft stresses this is pre-alpha footage, but it still looks rough – especially the combat.

Here’s one more trailer showing off Jacob’s weapons.

Ok, the Kuri throw was awesome.

GameSpot posted several articles about Syndicate earlier today. I’ll highlight a few things from them.

– Multiplayer is out for Syndicate. The developers wanted to bring Assassin’s Creed back to its roots and focus on the core single-player experience according to GameSpot. “The reason we are doing this is to really focus on the roots of the franchise,” Cote tells GameSpot. “That’s why all nine studios are focused on delivering this single-player experience.” It always blows my mind how many people work on Assassin’s Creed games.

– Syndicate will have a playable female assassin. You’ll also notice female enemies in the footage above.

– Stealth gameplay has been tweaked again for Syndicate. Maybe this time Ubisoft can finally nail it. “The game features more physical stealth, the same crouching and crawling mechanics used in more recent action-adventure games.”

– Don’t expect much of a modern-day storyline. Cote told GameInformer, Syndicate is “following in the footsteps of Unity,” in terms of a modern-day storyline.

I’m surprised Ubisoft showed off their game in such an early state. At least, I hope it’s early. A lot of the gameplay above looks rough. Then again, maybe pre-alpha means pre-alpha in this case. The focus on single-player only should help Ubisoft avoid the technical blunders of Unity.

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It will be interesting to see how the game progresses between this build and the one they show at E3. I expect the combat will look a lot more fluid.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate will release on PS4 and Xbox One on October 23. PC gets a vague ‘holiday 2015’ release.

What do you think of Syndicate? Do you like the shift back towards single-player only?

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