Video game publisher Ubisoft announced Tuesday an episodic game trilogy called “Assassin’s Creed Chronicles” for current game consoles and PC.
Taking advantage of the latest trend of episodic video games made famous by Telltale Games, Ubisoft has taken its stealth-action series set in famous historical settings and split it into three, scheduled to be released throughout 2015. Each episode of “Assassin’s Creed Chronicles” takes place in three different civilizations and time periods: the beginning of the Ming dynasty’s downfall in China, the Sikh Empire preparing for war in India the aftermath of the Red October revolution in Russia. “Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China” will be the first episode in the new series, with India and Russia to follow.
April 21 marks the release of “Assasin’s Creed Chronicles: China,” which stars female assassin Shao Jun. According to Ubisoft’s press release, she’s the last remaining assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood. After being trained by the legendary Ezio Auditore, Shao Jun plans to exacts vengeance and restore her fallen Brotherhood.
“Assasin’s Creed Chronicles: India” takes place during the tension between the Sikh Empire and the East India Company in 1841. This episode has you control Arbaaz Mir, who must discover why a Master Templar has in his possession a mysterious item that formerly belonged to the Assassin Order. He must steal back the item and protect his friends and lover along the way.
“Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia” is set in Russia, 1918. You play as Nikolaï Orelov as he performs his last mission as an assassin, before he’s allowed to leave with his family. He’s ordered to “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.” During the mission, he witnesses the massacre of the tsar’s children, but saves the princess Anastasia. He must protect Anastasia and the artifact, while trying to escape from the Templars.
Ubisoft states that each episode of “Assassin’s Creed Chronicles” will connect with each other, despite having different art styles, characters and historical settings. Climax Studios, the developer behind “Silent Hill: Shattered Memories,” are working on the episodic “Assassin’s Creed” game with Ubisoft. The game is described as a 2.5D “tension-filled stealth” experience, inspired by the Metroidvania genre.
No individual price has been set for “Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China,” but those who purchased the season pass for “Assassin’s Creed Unity” will receive the episode for free.