I dislike the use of the term ‘next-gen’ as a reference to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. They were next-gen before they were released. Now they are current-gen, with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4 becoming, if not retro, at least previous-gen. Going forward, any time you see ‘current-gen’ used on this site, it refers to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The term ‘next-gen’ will be busted out only in reference to the Xbox Two and the PlayStation 5.
That all being said, there was a recent leak of Assassin’s Creed screens. Hot on the heels of that leak, Ubisoft released an alpha gameplay trailer for the current-gen exclusive Assassin’s Creed Unity:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB1uzk2-Goc]
From Ubisoft PR dude Stone Chin, regarding the leak and the alpha gameplay trailer release:
We have been working on the new Assassin’s Creed for more than three years, and wanted to find the perfect time to give you an early taste of the game. Apparently though, the Templar Order was hungry to know more right now. To this, we say “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche!” (“Let them eat cake!”).
The game will take place in revolutionary France, with the fall of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (as hinted in Stone’s final statement). The presence of a naval element has not yet been confirmed, but it may be unlikely, depending on what point in the revolution the game takes place. If it is during the few years of naval buildup under Napoleon Bonaparte’s French Empire, then it would make sense to have easy naval access from the coast. If it takes place during the revolution itself, or after the Battle of Trafalgar where French naval might was decimated by Britain’s Admiral Nelson, then it’s highly unlikely.
Isn’t history fun? Either way, the French Revolution, the rise and fall of Robespierre, and the Napoleonic Wars are some of the most fascinating years in recorded history, and I’m definitely looking forward to playing a role in those events.
The Assassin’s Creed games have generally been releasing fairly consistently near the end of October, so I think it’s a safe bet to say that Assassin’s Creed Unity will be available in May.