No, Assassin’s Creed: Unity won’t include competitive multiplayer, in favour of co-op

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Ever since Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood in 2011, Ubisoft’s open-world action adventure franchise has included its unique brand of competitive and co-operative online multiplayer, with game modes that reward patience, observation and strategy over lightning quick reflexes and an action-oriented play style.

Will Assassin’s Creed: Unity include these fan-favourite online game modes later this year? No.


Speaking with GamingBolt, Assassin’s Creed: Unity level designer Bruno St-André confirmed that the game won’t have competitive multiplayer this year, because this time around the focus is on “the shared experience” and the game’s much talked about co-operative missions. St-André continued:

“This meant that we developed core mechanics more on co-operation instead of confrontation. So we put a lot of effort into redefining the fights so that multiple players can actually engage in them and have a better strategy against the AI, which reacts differently each time.

“Same thing for navigation and same thing for the stealth. All of our effort and our decisions were based on this topic. We really wanted to be focused on that.”

St-André says that in his six years working on the Assassin’s Creed series, he’s asked “nearly every year” when we will see truly co-operative missions in the games, and the team was finally “able to deliver it with next-gen consoles. That was really our focus and we’re heading strong in that direction.”

How do you feel about one of the biggest parts of the recent Assassin’s Creed games being removed in favour of co-operative play? Did you ever play the competitive multiplayer modes in previous years?

Assassin’s Creed: Unity is out on October 28th exclusively on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the PC version of the game planned for a simultaneous release, too. There’s still no official word on whether or not PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners will be getting an Assassin’s Creed game in 2014, previously rumoured to be the project codenamed ‘Comet.’

Watch a co-operative mission play out in Unity over here, and see much more on the game with a torrent of trailers and screenshots in this precise location.

Source: GamingBolt via CVG

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