Video Game: Assassin's Creed: Unity
"To administer is to govern: to govern is to reign. That is the essence of the problem."Assassin's Creed: Unity
— Comte de Mirabeau
is the seventh major title in the Assassin's Creed
series. It was released on PlayStation 4
, Xbox One
and PC on November 11, 2014, being released concurrently with Assassin's Creed: Rogue
. Unity is the first non-numbered title to feature a new Assassin hero, Arno Victor Dorian. It will take place during the The French Revolution
, and chart out the course of that epoch defining historical event, from the fall of the Ancien Régime to the Reign of Terror
Born in Versailles, the young orphan Arno Dorian is raised in the household of François de la Serre, where he grows up alongside his lifelong friend and secret paramour, Élise de la Serre. On the outbreak of the French Revolution, Arno and Élise find themselves on the opposite sides of the Assassin-Templar conflict. Both of them seek to steer the French Revolution and the Forever War
of the Assassins and Templars towards a "unity" and bring peace and stability to a nation that is tearing itself apart.
The game is set in Paris
in the most detailed recreation of a historical period ever attempted. It introduces for the first time, drop-in/drop-out co-op gameplay that can feature up to four players. Special Brotherhood Missions are created to accommodate co-op gameplay charting out events in the history of the French Revolution. In addition to this, a post-game DLC set in 1794 has been announced. Dead Kings
takes place in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris which hosted the Royal Necropolis of French Kings across history until the destruction of its ossuary during the Revolution. While Dead Kings was originally going to be priced DLC as part of the Season Pass, due to a poor launch, Ubisoft has said it will make the DLC free for all players and gift a free game out of six titles to all who bought the Season Pass, which includes the previous title Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
. It is currently set to be released on January 13th, 2015.
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- Allohistorical Allusion: Saint-Denis, patron saint of Paris, was famous for being beheaded in his martyrdom, giving rise to many legends of Headless Priests carrying their heads (known as cephalophores or "Head-Carriers"). In the climax, Arno finds the First-Civilization artifact, a Statue of Saint-Denis' head containing an Apple of Eden which functions like a Fantastic Light Source as Arno escapes the Temple.
- Arc Villain: Capitaine Philippe Rose, Napoleon's subordinate (and leader of the Raiders faction) who he has no illusions about being a Psycho Party Member, with Napoleon being a Bigger Bad.
- Artistic License – History: At the end of the game, Napoleon is temporarily arrested for treason and desertion. After Robespierre's downfall, Napoleon was arrested because of his association with him on account of his friendship with Augustin, Robespierre's younger brother (who gave him his first major promotion). He was placed under house arrest for a few weeks but released afterwards but restrained from active service until the 1795 Vendemmiare Uprising.
- Badass Beard: In the trailer, Arno goes from clean shaven to scruffy overlapping with Beard of Sorrow, since he's clearly grieving Elise's death. In the actual game, its a general stubble.
- Changed My Mind, Kid: Arno spends the entire game doing an errand for Marquis de Sade so that he can find safe passage out of France. He is thoroughly bitter and disappointed after the Revolution and Elise's death. Butt through his friendship with Leon, he discovers his old idealism and ultimately returns Sade's coin along with his manuscript with the Marquis giving a smile of happiness that his friend is back.
- Darker and Edgier: The Unity DLC Dead Kings is described by Word of God as being the darkest story told in the franchise yet, and St. Denis has a much darker feel compared to Paris, being constantly covered under fog, with much of the action set in claustrophobic catacbombs filled with rats. Then there's the general spookiness of the First Civilization Architecture. However, it is much more light-hearted than Assassins Creed III or ''Freedom Cry and the story as a whole is about how Arno gets out of his funk after Elise's death.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Arno has once again become The Alcoholic to cope with emotional trauma, in this case losing Elise.
- Due to the Dead: Averted. Anti-royal sentiment during the Revolution extends to desecration of the tombs of several centuries old dead monarchs. Truth in Television.
- Genuine Human Hide: Continuing with the main game's fascination with urban legends, the game uses a famous one of revolutions making royalist into human leather to bind into books. You even visit a Tanner's laboratory covered in blood.
- Grave Robbing: The Raiders, a faction in Dead Kings indulge in this by desecrating the historical tombs of the French Royal Dynasties. Some of the Franciade Stories have Arno involve him in this as well, such as raiding Marie de Medicis tomb to get the "Rose Sceptre"
- Heroic Neutral: Arno starts out as this, just going in to steal a manuscript for the Marquis de Sade so he can get a boat for a trip out of France for good. Eventually, however, he realizes he can't just do that, and actively destroys the attempts of the raiders to steal the artifact under Saint-Denis.
- Kid Sidekick: Leon, the orphan boy Arno rescues from the Raiders essentially becomes Robin to Arno's Batman.
- Kirk Summation: Given by Marquis de Sade of all people.
Marquis de Sade: "Ah, dear Arno. Our hopes to the future condition of the human species may be reduced to three points: The destruction of inequality between different nations, the progress of equality in one and the same nation, and, lastly, the real improvement of man."
- Malevolent Masked Men: One of the Franciade Stories has you investigating a Cult of the Iron Mask, all of them looking like the famous Man in the Iron Mask (which the game posits was one of Louis XIV's bastards). After defeating them, Arno gets an outfit with a Iron Mask as well.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: The Guillotine Gun in the Dead Kings DLC. It's an axe mixed with a Grenade Launcher.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Arno's mentality following the main game is that he just wants to leave France for good. The events of the game are a last quest before he does so.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: The Marquis de Sade when we first glimpse him again. He's nattily dressed and sports a Nice Hat and enjoying his freedom from prison.
- Temple of Doom: The catacombs underneath the Saint-Denis Basilica goes miles beneath the surface, containing first-civilization sites. It's full of death-traps, intricate puzzles, Dungeon Crawling and an Advanced Ancient Acropolis.
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- Arno takes some after the events of the main game, to the point of yelling at Leon for his idealistic thought process about the "freedom fighters" of the French Revolution and the aim to "save France". He ends up softening up when he realizes that for all of Leon's idealism, he's still just a kid and Arno sometimes is needed anyway.
- Where Napoleon in the main-game is all charm towards Arno, here we see Napoleon among his subordinates. He comes off as highly cold, calculating and ruthless, giving a speech as to his vision for France, showing his more megalomaniacal side (he even starts referring to himself in third person).
Napoleon: "I know the human animal. What you fear, what you love? Is Rose a bad man? Undoubtedly. But I, Napoleon, can control him and turn him to what's best for France. The masses will gladly renounce their freedom if all can entertain the hope of rising to the top. With the artifact inside the temple, I will bring them the illusion of hope. And I will lead us to glory."
La justice est un rivière rouge. Je te cherche, où est-tu?