Assassin's Creed: Unity Set in Paris, Says Ubisoft

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Assassin's Creed: Unity Set in Paris, Says Ubisoft

Assassins Creed Paris 4

They seek him here, they seek him there, but it's not the Scarlet Pimpernel this time.

It seems like only yesterday Edward Kenway made the Caribbean sea run red with blood. Now Ubisoft tells us there's another Assassin's Creed title in the offing: Unity. Yes, that Unity, the one about which all kinds of rumors have been spread.

Details there are few, and loose talk about co-op play can be neither confirmed nor denied, but this will be a next generation only title. Remember those screenshots that seemed to show the next one would be set in Paris? Well, now you know the sordid truth. Ubisoft thinks those pesky Templars can just "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche!"

The official comment from Ubisoft:

We have been working on the new Assassin's Creed for more than three years, and wanted to find the perfect time to give you an early taste of the game. Apparently though, the Templar Order was hungry to know more right now. To this, we say "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche!" ("Let them eat cake!"). Help yourself to a serving of the first official footage from the next-gen only Assassin's Creed Unity. Stay tuned - we'll have many more exciting details for you in the future.

So take heart: stabby fun times await! Updates as information becomes available, so keep watching.

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the idea of a new one of these.. doesn't excite me much, mostly because coming off the high of being a half assed assassin/ pretty good Pirate... nothing else seems all that interesting to me for time periods.. except maybe world war 1

Didn't Yahtzee say in an Extra punctuation somewhere that he would quite enjoy an Assassin's creed set in the French Revolution, because it would revolve around the interesting premise of what happened if the assassins went too far?

(Well yes, actually)

Colour me mildly interested....

What Unity? the Engine? AHH! Why does everything has to have the same name?! Its like naming your evil world domination scheme Project Prometheus or Icarus. The most unimaginative obvious nomenclature. Give us a AC: Stab-happy or something... its not like its a spoiler any more.

Well, at least Ubisoft have confirmed what the game won't end up looking like! I wonder if they will be daring and have the Assassins fighting on the side of the royals just to mix stuff up. Maybe even have them be cunning buggers and play for both sides so they can manipulate events for what they see to be the best outcome. Although I guess that is a bit too much like what the Templars are supposed to do.

ivc392:
What Unity? the Engine? AHH! Why does everything has to have the same name?! Its like naming your evil world domination scheme Project Prometheus or Icarus. The most unimaginative obvious nomenclature. Give us a AC: Stab-happy or something... its not like its a spoiler any more.

I can't wait for 'Assassin's Creed: Jump In Hay', sequel to the critically acclaimed 'Assassin's Creed: Neck Stabber'

This would have me very excited, except that it's so soon after Black Flag. The series still has long legs, but if they release it soon not many will buy it, mainly due strictly to sensory overkill. I've happily taken each AC game to date, but it's getting to that point where it will struggle as an annual franchise. There's just so much player fatigue, why can't they wait a year?

If the rumors are correct, this IS NOT THE ONLY AC game being released this year. Ugh.

Sounds pretty cool: here's hoping they are more sympathetic to the Templars, a'la AC3 style (haven't played Black Flag yet, which is unfortunate because the naval warfare in 3 was fucking awesome).

Of course its coming. Why would it not be coming?

I wonder what the obligatory secondary gameplay will be. Being set entirely in Paris would seem to preclude naval combat, maybe this entry will focus entirely on the core gameplay?

ivc392:
What Unity? the Engine? AHH! Why does everything has to have the same name?! Its like naming your evil world domination scheme Project Prometheus or Icarus.

Prometheus would be a terrible name for an evil scheme, what kind of villain with their sights set on world domination hopes to selflessly give humanity advanced technology and then be chained to a rock and eaten alive? Icarus is a little better but the name doesn't give much confidence in your chances of success.

So thats the XB1/PS4 AC game revealed, and it looks interesting. Now we need to find out info on the second AC game thats supposedly only released on 360/PS3 consoles. Im wondering if the 360/PS3 game will be a sequel to AC4 in some way.m

Eldritch Warlord:
I wonder what the obligatory secondary gameplay will be. Being set entirely in Paris would seem to preclude naval combat, maybe this entry will focus entirely on the core gameplay?

If that's the case, they absolutely need to improve the fighting mechanics. And more importantly, please, please get rid of tailing missions.

They were utter crap and they're the only reason why I'd rate ACIV a 4/5.

Now that's what I call balls, Ubi. So soon after Watch Dog's fiasco...

AssCreed V (I refuse to call it Unity) might be the victim of IVs success.

What was everybody's favorite party of IV? The Pirating. What is definitely going to not be in a game set during the French Revolution? Pirates. Add to this the fact that IV is still relatively enw, and we have a recipe for disaster.

Not really interested in AC anymore, they haven't changed anything in the franchise and it is now just the same boring game in a different setting.
Will be interesting to see how long it takes for them to delay the PC version for no particular reason.

Can't wait for the announcement of five different preorder editions this year, with exclusive DLC for each to boot!

Kinda cool. People waited for this setting for some time.
I hope this feels more assassinly. In 4 you were just some random guy who nicked a uniform and assassins themselves were kinda passive and uninteresting. It was more of using a surprisingly good side mechanic to make a pirate game than a proper assassin's creed. Similar feelings about 3. I think after decades long story of master assassin and de-facto leader of the brotherhood (who was also an actually funny guy) they really can't make it bigger and so it feels unsatisfactory.

I hope everyone speaks french in this one. It would be nice to have some huge indoor locations to explore like the Notre-Dame or Versailles.

French Revolution? Seems interesting, though I was really hoping the rumours of one set in Japan would be true. Ah well, if they're releasing two this year maybe that will be the other one?

Hopefully this will be as excellent as Black Flag, that's been by far my favourite Assassin's Creed so far.

Rtoip:
Kinda cool. People waited for this setting for some time.
I hope this feels more assassinly. In 4 you were just some random guy who nicked a uniform and assassins themselves were kinda passive and uninteresting. It was more of using a surprisingly good side mechanic to make a pirate game than a proper assassin's creed. Similar feelings about 3. I think after decades long story of master assassin and de-facto leader of the brotherhood (who was also an actually funny guy) they really can't make it bigger and so it feels unsatisfactory.

Ass Creed 3 and 4 have come into a lot of debate between me and my brother, but we largely agree that the games would've likely been better-had they not been weighed down by the "Ass Creed" tropes. Connor for example, is a culturally accurate, if a bit naive, character. Edward, while enjoyable to play as at times, comes off as a bit of a tosser, a man who can't decide if doing something because it would benefit someone other than himself is a good thing or not, until the contrived finishing Moral Blast comes along and caves his skull in.

I believe it would've been a far more interesting game(Ass Creed 3 that is) if the setting was simply a half blood native man who's trying to come to grips with some of the conflicting personality traits he inherited whilst defending his tribes rather modest land from the ever encroaching presence of the future United States of America. I think if they'd've removed the Desmond thing(Which was a real piss off, giving the illusion of choice.) and focused purely on a story around that premise, it would've been more entertaining, though I'll admit, many people would have still had a hard time connecting with Connor on an emotional level because he's culturally different.(Many native tribes ascribe to the stoic view on life, that braving any storm with a calm composed state is the ideal. Which is vastly different from the widely more known "white" societal norm which pushes extroversion out as the clear cut winner.

As for Kenway, did we really need a contrived plot involving the Assassins being stupid(again) and Abstergo/Templars being equally stupid(again) just to go Privateering on the open Caribbean? I'd argue that no, it wasn't needed and in large was a detriment. I HATED going to port, the only reason I did was because the game arbitrarily decided "Oh you can't have all these neat toys until you do some story missions, tough shit."(I also had a personal giggle when Adewale said he wouldn't be accepted as Captain, because my entire crew were dark skinned if not outright African.) Kenway is a fairly charismatic man, a good protagonist who is flawed and (eventually, but god damn do they take their time getting there.) overcomes some of his flaws to become a better man, if a bit heavy handed in it's execution.

ON topic though, a Paris setting could be interesting, especially if they play a both sides against each other kind of thing, but dear god they'd better iron out some of their overused tropes because no ones going to want to go back to /just/ plain old running jumpy climby after Pirates of the Piratey Pirates 4.

What? Who wanted France? Why don't they set it in Russia or Germany? Japan? Victorian England?

I mean, seriously now.

Awesome! I've been wanting Revolutionary France for a while now. Vive la Revolution!

As someone who very much disliked Black Flag, I'm very excited for the series returning to parkour on large historical buildings in grand cities.
I'm not excited about this turning into a yearly installment, it just means the games will be shorter and shallower, I guess my dream for another AC II or Brotherhood is still not going to come true, but at least it won't be set in a time as unfitting as III or BF in my opinion.

So like, does Ubisoft have four simultaneous assassins creed games in production at all times? They say it has been in production for three years, and they have said something similar about earlier ones. Yet they are released once a year..

Seems tiresome.

I cannot understand how people can still be exited about a new AC game. I gave the Black Flag a chance, because of the free roaming pirate's life, but could not bring me to finish the first "follow these guys over the roof tops"-mission in the very first town. The worst 40€ I've spent on Steam, counting the games that did not work because of hardware issues. I cannot see the french setting bringing anything to this franchise... But since it makes money, why kill a cash cow?

Dragonlayer:
a'la AC3 style

"in the style of AC3-style" ?

Redundant redundancy is redundant.

Arnoxthe1:
What? Who wanted France?

Ubisoft, obviously. Care to take a guess as to where the company is from?

Plus, the French Revolution is a historical event of great importance, so the choice is justified.

OT: I'm... oddly glad to see a return to "european city ripe for parkour". But then that's probably because I haven't finished an AC game since AC2; I'm not burnt-out on it yet.

Arnoxthe1:
What? Who wanted France? Why don't they set it in Russia or Germany? Japan? Victorian England?

I mean, seriously now.

i did. and its not like the guards will immediately surrender or start to fence with long but thin baguettes.

ivc392:
What Unity? the Engine? AHH! Why does everything has to have the same name?! Its like naming your evil world domination scheme Project Prometheus or Icarus. The most unimaginative obvious nomenclature. Give us a AC: Stab-happy or something... its not like its a spoiler any more.

you have to waituntil they get to the love revolution, then they will name it "asscreed: stick it to the man". it has a pun. statistically, people love double meanings and puns. also statistics.

Maybe they called it unity because you get to marry a Templar as a twist.

Mr.Tea:

Dragonlayer:
a'la AC3 style

"in the style of AC3-style" ?

Redundant redundancy is redundant.

"A la" literally translates to "has the" or "with the", so Dragonlayer is using it correctly. Colloquially it can sometimes be used as "as with".

"A la mode translates to "has the style/with the style"

Sorry, man. Spent too much time studying that damn language (and working for a French company) not to chime in.

On topic, I was sure Ubisoft was going to churn out a couple more chapters in the Edward Kenway saga. But I guess they didn't think he was as likable as Ezio.

Probably because he wasn't. Anyway...the game might have potential.

Arnoxthe1:
What? Who wanted France? Why don't they set it in Russia or Germany? Japan? Victorian England?

I mean, seriously now.

Isn't Ubisoft from Montreal?
Maybe that had something to do with it.

I agree with you,
Any interest i would of had has been killed by it being in France.
Oh well, maybe next time.

Arnoxthe1:
What? Who wanted France? Why don't they set it in Russia or Germany? Japan? Victorian England?

I mean, seriously now.

The people who were polled.

Some fans got to take part in a survey about 18 months ago (if memory serves me correctly) France during the revolution was a popular choice along with Japan and Victorian England

rhizhim:
and its not like the guards will immediately surrender or start to fence with long but thin baguettes.

No, it's not that. It's just this is the second time Ubisoft has decided on a locale I really don't agree with at all. The first one being Renaissance Italy. (*GASP* Blasphemy!) Though I do have the support of Yahtzee on that count.

Yahtzee:
About the only important things Italy ever did were the Renaissance and murdering Jesus. Deicide and a whole bunch of painters running around being gay.

The twist is you play Jean Valjean and Javert is a templar!

Reynaert:
I hope everyone speaks french in this one. It would be nice to have some huge indoor locations to explore like the Notre-Dame or Versailles.

put your language setting on your xbox to french and everybody in all the AC games will speak french !

seriously, its interresting. it's a time period that not much games explore...

Zen Bard:
"A la" literally translates to "has the" or "with the", so Dragonlayer is using it correctly. Colloquially it can sometimes be used as "as with".

"A la mode translates to "has the style/with the style"

Sorry, man. Spent too much time studying that damn language (and working for a French company) not to chime in.

Sorry man, but French is my first language and I have to tell you that your studies don't seem to have left you with a very firm grasp on the language... I certainly wouldn't let you translate a mission-critical memo, lest you piss off some important people with a mistranslation.

Let's take "piss off" as an example; How would you even translate that? "Piss" and "off" literally? Here's the weird thing: "off" has no French translation... Or it has a hundred.
"Off switch"? Interrupteur
"Turn off"? Éteindre
"Take off (clothes)"? Enlever
"Take off (aircraft)" Décoller
"Get off" Débarquer
"Fall off (something)" Tomber de (quelque chose)
"(an) Offset" Décalage
"Off season" Saison morte / Hors saison
"Singing Off-key" Chanter Faux
etc.

So the way to make a proper translation, then, is to translate meaning, not words. In this case, you would have to determine whether "Piss off" meant "go away" or "make angry".
"Make angry" is the correct one here, but the "Pissed off" state is more than just angry, so you have to make sure you pick a stronger translation than just "Angry = Fâché". Instead, you should go with "Mad". But be careful, "Mad" can also mean "Insane/crazy"!
(Are you starting to see how a "literal translation" doesn't get you very far?)
So then, stronger than "angry" without going "crazy" would be "en colère". Thus, the clean translation of "to piss (someone) off" would be "mettre (quelqu'un) en colère". Don't even get me started on the other words or the different syntax in that phrase.
It doesn't end there though! That's the clean translation, but "piss off" isn't very clean in the first place, so there is room to use slang instead. In this case, that would be "faire chier". "This is really starting to piss me off" would be "Ça commence vraiment à me faire chier". Taken literally, "Tu me fais chier" is "You make me shit" (in the "force me to excrete" sense, not "make me into shit"). See how variable it all is?

Moving on, you can't really translate prepositions like "a" directly because it's always going to mean something different in context. Especially if you don't carry the accent over, because it's supposed to be "à".
("à" is the preposition and
"a" is "to have", third person singular)
"À la mode" itself can mean different things. "Ce manteau est à la mode" means "This coat is fashionable", "mode" being "fashion" in this case. But just like the english word "mode", it also means "mean" or "manner". As in "Mode de transport" which is "Means/Manner of transportation."

As for the way "À la [..]" is used in English, it's an implied contraction of "À la manière/façon de [...]". For example,
"I'm making an action-packed movie, À la Michael Bay" is making a movie in the manner/fashion/style of Michael Bay. But that's not the only way of saying that... You could also say "I'm making an action-packed movie, Michael Bay -style". Two ways of saying the same thing; That's good. But you can't combine them!
"I'm making an action-packed movie, À la Michael Bay -style" equates to "I'm making an action-packed movie in the style of Michael Bay in the style of Michael Bay"??

And that's exactly what I was correcting, which was "Here's hoping they are more sympathetic to the Templars, a'la AC3 style". It's one or the other, not both.
(By the way, I like how the single apostrophe is used to sort of replace the accent on the "a", to avoid typing the special character).

The point of all this being, you should never use "but the literal translation is [...]" without knowing the myriad alternate meanings you could be missing.

Here's a funny real-world example to cap this off. Since I live in the French part of Canada, most products sold here have bilingual markings/labels/manuals/etc. Now, this is nothing new to companies doing business around the world, but sometimes they just put in the bare minimum amount of effort... Like this jacket I have. Here's a picture of the care instructions label:

Let's translate that French part back to english, shall we? (line by line)

"The machine washes the
cold with the
loved colors.
The bleach only
non-chlorine.
The chute dries the
low level.
Remove punctually.
Heat of the iron
when necessary."

Delightful, isn't it?

Mr.Tea:

Dragonlayer:
a'la AC3 style

"in the style of AC3-style" ?

Redundant redundancy is redundant.

Arnoxthe1:
What? Who wanted France?

Ubisoft, obviously. Care to take a guess as to where the company is from?

Plus, the French Revolution is a historical event of great importance, so the choice is justified.

OT: I'm... oddly glad to see a return to "european city ripe for parkour". But then that's probably because I haven't finished an AC game since AC2; I'm not burnt-out on it yet.

Ah.

Well, looks like I need to go back to English school....

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