The previously announced side-scrolling action platformer - Assassin's Creed Chronicles China, has now been revealed to be an episodic trilogy, spanning over three different time-periods and three different locales - China, India and Russia. We have a fresh trailer and some information about the trilogy from a press event and a press release.
Follow three legendary Assassins in journeys of revenge, retribution, and redemption - In Assassin's Creed Chronicles
Assassin's Creed Chronicles will take players to three distinct civilizations and periods throughout history including the Ming dynasty at the start of its downfall, the Sikh Empire as it prepares for war in India, and the aftermath of the Red October revolution in Russia. Assassin's Creed Chronicles will let players embody the Assassins - Shao Jun, Arbaaz Mir, and Nikolaï Orelov in a 2.5D re-imagining of the Assassin's Creed Universe.
The first episode will be Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China takes place in China, 1526, as the Ming dynasty starts to crumble. You embody Shao Jun, the last remaining Assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood, returning to her homeland with a vendetta. Newly trained by the legendary Ezio Auditore, she is hell-bent on exacting vengeance and restoring her fallen Brotherhood.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India throws you into the tension between the Sikh Empire and the East India Company in 1841. When a Master Templar arrives with a mysterious item that used to belong to the Assassin Order, Arbaaz Mir must discover why he’s come, steal back the item, and protect his friends and his lover.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia occurs in Russia, 1918. Nikolaï Orelov wants to leave with his family, but is required to perform one last mission for the Assassin Order: infiltrate the house where the tsar’s family is being held by the Bolsheviks and steal an artifact that has been fought over by Assassins and Templars for centuries. Along the way, he witnesses the massacre of the tsar’s children, but manages to save the princess, Anastasia. He must escape the Templars while protecting the artifact and Anastasia.
- ASSASSIN’S CREED REIMAGINED
Whether you are a long-time fan of Assassin’s Creed, or a newcomer, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles lets you discover what has made the franchise one of the most celebrated in video game history in a fresh genre for the series. Each chapter is a new beginning and comes with a unique hero from the Assassin’s Creed universe in a never-seen-before setting. While each Assassin’s story stands on its own, the chronicle is tied together narratively.
- STEALTH TAKES ON A NEW DIMENSION
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles brings the thrill of being a Master Assassin to 2.5D. Scout, sneak, and hide to avoid detection. Fool your enemies by using whistles and disguises. Find your target, kill, and escape.
- NAVIGATE MULTIPLE PLANES
Switch between fore, mid, and background environments and choose different paths according to your needs. Open new pathways, complete side missions, grab hidden collectibles, or take the quickest path to your target.
Even if this isn't your typical AAA Assassin's Creed release it seems rather interesting in all honesty. 2.5D can work pretty well in certain games, and we shall see if it does so in Assassin's Creed Chronicles. Furthermore the narrative seems more interesting than in the previous AAA versions in my opinion.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles is being developed by Climax Studios in collaboration with Ubisoft Montreal, and the first episode (China) is slated for release on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One on April 21st/22nd in NA/EU.