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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China Is Out Tomorrow


Many fans of the Assassin’s Creed franchise rejoiced when it was first known that the series would be headed for China. Things will be different than what we’ve known from previous series entries, however, as it will be played in a 2.5D style of traversal and combat. To get a better understanding of how exactly that will work, Ubisoft has released a launch trailer, highlighting gameplay experience. Also, the game itself is out tomorrow.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, from what I can tell, plays simillarly to that of Mark of the Ninja. Playing as Shao Jun, the last Assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood circa 1526, you have returned to your homeland out of vengeance. Using the skills aquired under training from Assassin’s Creed II’s Ezio Auditore, you must skulk in the shadows, sneak around and scout out for guards while undergoing stealth assassin missions. Disguises, audio tricks and hidden alcoves will help shield you from discovery, while the occasional swordfight might break out in your adventures.

Non-traditional means of movement is key to this franchise, and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China aims to keep that tradition. Running around on logs, scaling suspiciously-placed wooden beams along the side of buildings and even roping away to different levels along the z-axis means players can still observe the franctic excitement of escape, while handling exploration within the scope of a 2.5D space.

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Still, I can’t help but feel like Assassin’s Creed Chronicles is not the proper place to finally break out the China landscape. Ubisoft has done as little as possible to guarantee its success; releasing a game in April, just weeks after it got a proper first look and with the least amount of marketing/promotion that we’ve seen in a game from this franchise yet. When it understandably does not reach remarkable sales levels, they will have the ammunition to show that a series in China doesn’t sell, preventing a proper AAA experience from one of their bigger development studios. It’s a shame, as an in-depth, historical look at midieval China is vastly different that countless adventures in Europe that we’ve seen.

Nevertheless, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China will be released tomorrow on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. It is part of a series that will see entries for India and Russia later this year.

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