Since the series made its debut back in 2007, Assassin’s Creed has progressively moved forward as a franchise, exploring different times in history with a slew of different protagonists along the way. Of all that Assassin’s Creed has done, the series has yet to feature a brother, sister assassin duo.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will mark the first time in series’ history that a brother and sister duo will serve as the game’s main protagonists. Evie and Jacob Frye are the two newcomers and they are examples of how Ubisoft believes they have been listening to what Assassin’s Creed fans have been wanting.
“We’ve already done the romance angle in the past, and when we started making this game, we asked ourselves how we could make the story different. We know our fans, and this is something they want.
“They want the experience to feel fresh year after year, and this kind of dynamic is not one we have really explored at all in the franchise. So much of the Assassin’s Creed brand has to do with human DNA, and seeing into the past through that DNA. Having a brother and sister – twins who share the same DNA – feels like something that really plays into the strengths of the franchise,” Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Creative Director Marc-Alexis Coté told the UbiBlog.
It’s going to be very interesting to see the dynamics that exist between both Evie and Jacob, not just from a narrative standpoint, but also from a gameplay perspective. Each will have their own play style and should give players a taste of something different when playing as one versus the other.
Personality differences will be key in establishing unique elements within the cinematics and story of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Ubisoft has worked hard to make sure both Evie and Jacob demonstrated unique identities and that they aren’t just copy and paste versions of each other.
“Jacob is much more like, ‘Let’s get it over with. I’m going to get my guys and we’re going to end this. Evie, on the other hand, sees London and everything around it as a political spider web that needs to be studied. She needs to have a perfect understanding of the situation before she jumps in.
“Of course, this is going to spark some heavy discussions between them. But their differences are complementary, and I think this will provide a lot of freedom to the players – plus, it’s a fun story to see unfold,” Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Associate Producer Andrée-Anne Boisvert said.
This year’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be arriving on Oct. 23 and will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC only. This will be the second iteration in a row that an Assassin’s Creed game has come to those three platforms exclusively. We’ll have plenty more regarding the game in the coming days.