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Present-day "is coming back" with Assassin's Creed Syndicate, player to 'have importance' in events

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One of the criticisms of the Assassin's Creed series has been its trips into the present-day tug-of-war between the Assassins and Templar. With the 'Desmond cycle' truly over it's time to get back to it, says Ubisoft.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate will be reintroducing the player to present-day scheming between the groups, and it's "going to make sense" for those following it. They're focusing on making us a central influence to events.

Assassin's Creed: Syndicate focuses on gang warfare, on PC Autumn 2015

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Ubisoft's new Assassin's Creed: Syndicate has just been officially revealed through their live stream announcement. What's clear is that the streets of London are the battleground for class warfare between Assassins and Templars.

A pre-alpha gameplay walkthrough showed horse-drawn carriages as a major mode of transport in Syndicate, along with a new rope dart accessory to easily scale buildings. It's very 'Gangs of New York' inspired.

Ubisoft live streaming Assassin's Creed: Syndicate reveal - NOW LIVE

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What's all this then? Ubisoft will be making an official reveal today for the next major Assassin's Creed which will take place during the industrial revolution in London, England. It's believed we'll play a female assassin.

The premiere reveal will be live streaming in just a couple of hours today @ 5.00pm GMT+1. It's here we'll get confirmation of the name and the setting, including our dashing new 'hero'.

Ubisoft reveal Assassin's Creed Chronicles split in three 'episodes' spanning China, Russia and India

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The 2.5D side-scrolling Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China is in fact just part one of three episodes that Ubisoft has planned, which debuts April 21st. The second will take us to India, and the third into Russia.

Each will be a standalone experience with a loose overarching narrative, and each can be bought separately or together with a season pass. The two remaining episodes will hit in autumn this year.

Ubisoft: "...more robust modern day" in future Assassin's Creed games

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There'll be more of a return to the 'modern day' setting in Assassin's Creed moving forward, says Ubisoft. Assassin's Creed: Unity only had brief moments through cutscenes where we weren't assuming the role of an ancestral assassin.

Lead writer Darby McDevitt pointed to Assassin's Creed 2 and the town of Monteriggioni, which was playable in both past and present, and so they plan to "smartly reuse things" for a modern experience.

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