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The Assassin’s Creed Unity Season Pass Includes New Game


When Ubisoft revealed their plans for the Assassin’s Creed Unity Season Pass today, I finally felt conflicted about a Ubisoft DLC set. Full disclosure; I am not a fan of Season Pass content outside of episodic adventure games mainly because it seems like it’s mostly quests and missions that could have been included at launch, but are held back to maximize profits. However, seeing how the AC Unity Season Pass includes its own game, it’s worth taking a closer look at.

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For $29.99, the Assassin’s Creed Unity Season Pass gives you access to the Dead Kings storyline, which takes place after the events of Unity. Arno departs from Paris to visit Saint Denis to take on the Raider faction underneath the city’s catacombs. Also included in the season pass is access to 30 new items, including a Fleur de Lys sword and three new missions that take place in Paris. The biggest takeaway, however, is the reveal of a short new standalone game called Assassin’s Creed Cronicles: China. Set in 16th century China, Shao Jun returns to Beijing as the last assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood. Receiving her training from Ezio Auditore, she will look to get revenge for her fallen comrades.

However, as always when it comes to female leads in Assassin’s Creed games, Chronicles comes with a catch; the game is a 2.5 D digital download title. That’s right, there wasn’t enough time to make designs for a fully 3D female playable character in the main Assassin’s Creed Unity game, so the compromise reached was to give a female character a lead in an Assassin’s Creed Unity season pass throw-in side-scroller that plays little like what the series is known for.

The Ubi Blog does describe the ability to take out foes “from the shadows or take on groups in all-out combat,” so for now I do have to give the game’s developers some benefit of the doubt. However, China as a setting for an Assassin’s Creed game has been a desire from fans and a rumored eventuality for years. For it finally to come true and not even make it in a traditional Assassin’s Creed game with its usual gameplay style is very disappointing. They were this close to really breaking up the annualized formula with its setting, but decided to do so with a half-measure. Hopefully, in the future, a full game set in China will become a reality.

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