Yes, it’s a video game, and like many science fictions films, it doesn’t have to be entirely factual to be fun. Still, Amancio insists “Unity” will be based in historical accuracy, and that his team of developers took a number of measures to ensure the game paid homage to the tumultuous French Revolution, a time of radical change and political upheaval.
“Assassin’s Creed Unity” is the seventh main installment in the franchise and the successor to last year’s “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.” The game takes place in the city of Paris during the French Revolution and follows main protagonist Arno Dorian’s quest to rise through the ranks of the assassin brotherhood.
“We went to Paris a couple of times, we have access to historians, we visited museums, the city of Paris gave us maps to building plans,” Amancio said. “We used historians to validate all of our narratives, the story, we made sure this is the closest thing to time travel you could have.”
He also talked about the game’s side missions, of which there are hundreds
. He pointed out a particular mission, where you can track down a killer and put him in jail...
Last week, we discussed the size of the game, which wouldn’t have fit on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. One of the coolest features of “Unity” is the size of the crowd, which can be “cranked up” to 5,000 people
“If people see political stuff happen, they will actually react. It’s AI-driven, this is not scripted. The crowd will react, run away, it can be different every time.”
The crowd can be somewhat volatile, as happened in the actual French Revolution.
“People in the crowd, they won’t be pushed around. Sometimes they’re armed,” Amancio told us. “Sometimes they’ll actually fight back. If other people see that happening, they’ll join in. It depends on where you are, it’s never the same experience.”
Player mechanics in “Unity” are somewhat different than previous titles. There's also an improved stealth mode, where Arno can hide behind objects if he chooses not to fight. He can also traverse buildings differently.