Same Old Dog, Brand New Shampoo
The bulk of the marketing for Assassin's Creed Unity has so far been focused solely on the 4-player cooperative multiplayer. In case you hadn't realized already, the game isn't going to be Co-Op only, but will also have a full singleplayer campaign in true AC style. And in true Ubisoft style, the gameplay is looking predictably unaltered from past iterations in the AC franchise. In case you don't believe me, you can check out the gameplay footage above. Here, you'll see Arno Dorian taking on a job that plays out as you'd expect. Tail some guy and listen in on a conversation to get some info, locate your target, hide in some hay, stab some dudes in the back, lob a smoke bomb to get away and win the mission. Rinse and repeat. It does look quite gorgeous, though. But then again, we've learned a few times already not to trust Ubisoft's pre-release footage when the visual presentation is concerned. Or have we forgotten Watch_Dogs already?
I myself criticized AC4: Black Flag for playing it safe and never trying out anything that truly felt new or original. Unity doesn't even have a number in its title, which to me says that Ubisoft are starting to feel a little ashamed at how many sequels they're pushing out for the franchise over just a few years. But that doesn't mean they intend to slow down anytime soon. No, quite the contrary; they've recently figured out that a single sequel per year just isn't enough, and have thus announced Assassin's Creed: Rogue as well. You know, in case you just hadn't had enough of "more of the same" yet. As if Activision hasn't shown us all multiple times just how bad of an idea this is.