Connor will return as a playable character.Just as Assassin's Creed: Revelations let you play as both Ezio and Altair, Unity will follow both Connor and a new protagonist (native to France, since all AC games have had a protagonist with a heritage suitable for the setting) simultaneously. Connor might be visiting France, since he was completely disenchanted with the US at the end of III, or we might switch between France and the Americas.
The Title Unity refers to an Assassin Templar Alliance during the RevolutionBecause the term Unity otherwise doesn't apply to the French Revolution since the French were already united geographically but differed on which kind of government to install and take over. So the Assassins and Templars in France set aside their differences and worked on common ground.
Okay the Assassins and Templars we will see are...Assassins - Rousseau, Robespierre, Danton(most definitely)... Templars - Talleyrand(but of course), Marat, Saint Just, Napoleon and the Marquis de Sade.
Theories on the modern plotline.Personally, I think there will be more of R-L, the assassins' newest resident hacker and Abstergo insider.
The game will have a Downer Ending involving Napoleon.He's a confirmed Templar and holder of a Piece of Eden in the mythos, and his rise to unchallenged power is one of the most tragic ironies of history. Perhaps during the game, our hero will be forced to allow a man like Napoleon to live because the Reign of Terror is so out of control.
An Assassin ally will be executed by the guillotineWhoever the PC is, they won't be able to do anything about their friend, even as they Face Death with Dignity. If that person was really liked, it'll be one hell of a Tear Jerker. The next section involves the PC having an Anger Montage / Heroic BSOD.
Robespierre won't be a Templar or an Assassin, but rather an enemy of Those Who Came Before.His efforts to rename the months, to create a new religious viewpoint, his efforts to topple the current ruling class, as well as ending slavery are all his efforts to drive human civilization as far away from First Civilization ways as possible. He either is a First Civilization survivor, a reincarnation like Aita, or an Aita who went 'wrong,' or someone who discovered information on TWCB, maybe through a Piece of Eden, and was horrified by them. He'd rather see humanity steer itself into a grave than go back to the slavery of the First Civilization, which is why the Assassins stopped him. The modern day plot is finding out what Robespierre was working on, because it's the best bet for taking out Juno.
We're moving from eagles to Corvids.With Black Flag the central bird was the Jackdaw because it fit Edward's character, contrary to the eagle imagery the series has gone with before. The prominence "The Eagle and the Jackdaw" even further emphasizes a shift. With all the executions going on what is Unity going to be without crows eating the victims of Madame Guillotine?
There will be at least one mission taking place at the Palace of Versailles.Though Versailles isn't part of Paris proper, it would make a good backdrop for the free-running gameplay of Assassin's Creed. I'm sure the assassin protagonist will find his/her way there for at least one mission.
There are actually four Assassin protagonists in the game.With the latest trailers' focus on co-op gameplay, the possibility of there being multiple protagonists is definitely there (with one primary protagonist you play as in single-player mode). Maybe each assassin will have his or her own special abilities.
The four Assassins are all Expies of previous PCsOne of them would be the serious one like Altair, the ladies man as in Ezio, the quiet brute as in Connor and the drunken vagabond like Edward.
Marie Antoinette will be involvedIt's only fitting since she's a figure of the Revolution. And of course, someone at Abstergo Entertainment will be saying 'Aww, she didn't say Let them eat cake.'
Connor will appearHe will be involved via his ship Aquila in the Quasi War where the American government essentially refused to recognize the young French Revolutionary government and essentially placed it under embargo. This caused the government to hire several privateers to seize American merchant ships by force, an action which the Americans could do little about since it did not have a navy as yet. Indeed this event led them to create their own navy. Connor, an ex-Privateer and Revolutionary will obviously be caught in the middle.
There will also be appearance/mention/reference to Eseosa and AdewaleEseosa, Adewale's grandson with Bastienne, as revealed in Initiates, fought in the Haitian Revolution which erupted at near about the same time as the French Revolution. Toussaint L'Ouverture was an Assassin who was eventually executed in France but is revered in Haiti as Our Founder. The situation in Haiti was of obvious concern to the Revolutionaries. Robespierre outright abolished slavery by constitution, the very first man to do so politically in the Western World, several years before abolitionism took effect in England and much before it happened in America.
You won't kill Robespierre, but you will give him his infamous jaw injuryRobespierre was very publicly (and loudly) executed by guillotine, so there's not much room there for the typical assassination that is so well known to the series. However, the day before his death, Robespierre attempted to evade capture with his followers and holed himself up at the Hotel de Ville. Eventually order broke down and the forces of the convention invaded the Hotel, finding Robespierre with a shattered jaw caused by a gunshot wound. There's even some dispute as to whether the wound was self inflicted or he was shot by another person, leaving a nice gap for Unity to fill in for story purposes. It's very likely that Arno will be the one to do it in this universe, or at the very least be there to witness it happen.
Arno is actually a woman in disguiseBecause wouldn't that be the most ironic thing ever, considering the recent controversy?
In regards to the above: Arno isn't a woman, but the AC creators are trolling us again, like with HaythamUbisoft is (hopefully) smarter than to let this kind of controversy ruin game sales. Perhaps they foresaw this. Perhaps Arno is a Decoy Protagonist and the real assassin is a female.
Those Who Came Before.Marianne, the French Goddess of Liberty, will appear and be revealed as one of TWCB.
Elise is...The information about Elise being a noblewoman, an original character implies that her surname is significant. So who is she? How about Elise Kenway, Haytham or Jenny's daughter...it would be a neat way to tie it to Kenway saga of the 18th century
Arno's alliance with Elise will cause friction between him and the other AssassinsAt one point he may even have to fight another Assassin for her sake.
Robespierre will be the Big Bad, or at least a major enemy.
Elise's father made Arno an orphan....And then adopted him either to raise him as a Templar, ala Haytham Kenway, or out of guilt for his action. Alternatively...
The Templar Grandmaster was a Friendly Enemy of Arno's parents....And this adopted the boy because it was the right thing to do. Considering he was killed by some of his own men later, it might be that he was a little too nice in the opinion of his fellow Templars. Arno's rejoining of the Templars arguably shows that he was raised with a healthy respect for this parent's group, and his bond with Elise implies a certain amount of affection for the family regardless of their affiliations.
Instead of going full Templar or Assassin, Elise will Choose A Third Option.Because either leaving the Templars for Arno and reverting to Templar type are bot predictable enough the audience will see it coming a mile away. Instead, Elise shall find some kind of middle ground to maintain the "Unity" she has with Arno in the face of the later Revolution. Perhaps she rises in to Templar ranks but maintains an alliance with certain Assassins, or maybe she's on the opposite side of Napoleon when he takes over the Templars and she leads her own faction against them with Arno's help.
Robespierre will be driven insane by the Apple of EdenRobespierre will at first be either an ally of the Assassins, or a completely unrelated idealist who the Assassins deem suitable to lead France out of tyranny. In real life he had extremely positive ideals in his youth, even opposing capital punishment wholeheartedly. But after being given the Apple's revelations he starts to see manipulations of Those Who Came Before around every corner and becomes obsessed trying to eliminate every last trace of their influence from the society, down to the names of old gods in weekdays. And the Assassins and Templars of course have to go, as well. Possibly there will even be an alliance of convenience between the two factions due to the sheer menace that Robespierre will pose to both orders.
Arno Dorian will......die. At some point, he and Elise will have sex, at which point we play as her and then Arno ends up sacrificing himself for her and gets his head chopped off at the Guillotine...there has to be one A Tale of Two Cities shout-out right?
Unity will explain why Assassin and Templar aren't well known in Desmond's eraCompare their 'prestigious orders' status that people look on with some respect to modern day 'Assassins? Templars? LOL.' attitude. How both side stoop to new low in Unity amidst the chaos of French Revolution might be the case.
Charlotte Corday will be a......a rogue Assassin and a Boss Fight for Arno. You simply cannot have an Assassin's Creed set during la revolution without l'ange de l'assassinat.
Trailers Always Lie will be enforced...In the trailers we see Arno rushing to save Elise form the Guillotine. In the game, Robespierre will send you to guillotine and the chopping block and Elise will come to your rescue. What better way to dismiss misogyny allegations for Ubisoft, who naturally will have their cake and eat it too...Elise will come and save you but she'll get killed by guards while you escape.
There will be an in-universe justification for everyone having English accents.Maybe someone will just handwave it as a bug in the Animus.
The person who killed Elise's father...Will turn out to be none other than Arno's Missing Mom, causing a rift between Arno and Elise that will end the potential alliance between Assassins and Templars.
Connor as a MentorConnor might make a small cameo at the end of the game, or even play a small role in alliance with Arno, seeing how both at one point attempted an Assassin-Templar Alliance. He might end up playing a role similar to that of Solid Snake to Arno's Raiden from MGS 2.
The Marquis de Lafayette might returnHe was present during the revolution so he may have a role in helping Arno.
The Piece of Eden will be the French Blue DiamondAs per history, the famous French Blue diamond, from which the even more famous Hope Diamond is believed to be cut, went missing during the French Revolution. It was owned by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. It entered the possession of the Royal Family when the French Traveller Tavernier visited India and acquired the diamond from the Kollur Mine in the Kingdom of Golconda. He later gifted the diamond to King Louis XIV, the Sun King. In Assassin's Creed: Brahman, the goddess Durga comes from the Koh-I-Noor diamond (which was also created from the same Kollur Mine as the French Blue). Durga says, "We are one of many but essential to the Unity of all".
Notre Dame de Paris will be the location of a Vault...The cathedral was built on top of a Jupiter Temple in real life, just like Santa Maria Ara Coeli in Brotherhood was built atop a Juno Temple...
There are two Templar-Assassin alliances: Arno-Elise, and the Committee on Public Safety.Robespierre is an Assassin who's gone extreme, and Saint-Just is a Templar looking to install a new order. The group pushes the Revolution onwards from both sides, killing the moderate forces in each other's groups, making Arno a twice made orphan and setting Elise into an Enemy Civil War. Now they didn't start the Revolution; like its American counterpart, it erupted out of control. They simply want to establish their own control over it. Arno and Elise will experience a Wham Episode when they combine their knowledge to realize the conspiracy and end up starting their own Unity.
Arno and/or Elise will kill each otherEither they can't come to an agreement on something and have to fight it out or one of them gets controlled by a Piece of Eden and needs to be mercy killed. Either way, it'll be one hell of a tearjerker for the audience.
Robespierre will have a Corrupt the Cutie arcRobespierre was initially an anti-war, anti-death penalty politician who called for greater rights of people. He eventually became more radicalized during the Revolution. The reason for this is that Arno Dorian and other Assassins see Robespierre has having great potential and approach him and introduce them to their ways, even becoming The Mentor to him. Robespierre is initially reluctant but slowly goes along with it and eventually Arno Dorian will have to confront the guy who he himself had brought into the Assassins only to take it to the next level. This will also climax at 9, Thermidor when he goes against Robespierre, a la Altair-Al Mualim only this time, Arno has to confront his own responsibility.
The Game's Final Boss will be...Louis Antoine de Saint-Just who serves as The Dragon to Robespierre. Historically, Robespierre was very much a non-action guy, but the young, Bishōnen, Saint-Just was a guy with serious energy, who went to the war-fronts, served as a Drill Sergeant Nasty to "the generals and the officers", quite a few of them he had executed by firing squads of rank-and-file men (among whom Saint-Just was popular). During 9 Thermidor, Saint-Just was physically pushed off, and there was a whole lot of confusion which happened, many of which coming from records written by the people who deposed Robespierre. Its easy to imagine a badass fight between Arno and/or Elise with Saint-Just and with his defeat, the way to Robespierre. Now whether Saint-Just and Robespierre are Assassins/Templars is the question. They could easily be some extreme of either end. But Saint-Just seems like an Assassin to me.
The Songs used in the Trailers are Plot Spoilers..."Everybody Wants To Rule the World" correctly describes the general clusterfuck of the Revolution and is pretty self-explanatory. "The Golden Age" describes the promise of the French Revolution and the period before the Revolution which got betrayed. "Pistols at Dawn" describes the inevitable conflict between friends on opposite side...Robespierre vs. Danton ["We could've have it all/A world of our own/I never thought we could be/Pistols at Dawn"] Arno and Elise:
The Big Bad of the Game is...The new Templar Grand-Master, George-Jacques Danton. In real-life Danton had a shady career. In the beginning he was friends with Comte de Mirabeau who later turned out to be a traitor with no real loyalty to the reforms people wanted, later he was also involved in shady financial speculating and lined his pockets during the Revolution. He was also a populist, man of the people, who famously instigated mob violence including the September Massacres. It's also rumoured that he was involved in some dealings with Louis XVI during the armoire de fer incident. In the end it will be revealed that he was the mastermind behind the murder of Elise's father which drives her to send him to the guillotine by denouncing him to Robespierre, the Mentor of the Assassins who worked briefly with Danton for supporting the Revolution. It's also a classic Templar irony, in the real world, Danton is cherished as a hero of the Revolution while Robespierre remains hated to this very day.
The Targets will be...The revolution as a whole has widely documented deaths, mostly by guillotine. So actual "assassinations" seem to be hard to pull off. Charles Sivert died normally off old age yet in the demos he is stated to die peacefully. This will probably be the approach taken by the developers, find instances of normal deaths and make it elaborate and fictional. So some of the assassinations are:
Unity is an Abstergo video game.They found the narrative of a man who only really joined the Assassins to solve a murder and loves a Templar would be excellent propaganda. It might also explain things such as the English accents and certain characters being different from how they were historically. Abstergo changed them to make a better story.
The reason Elise isn't accompanying Arno in Dead Kings...
Napoleon is neither a Templar nor an AssassinNapoleon throughout his life took all sorts of odd political stances, incredibly contradictory. Initially he was a Jacobin and a Robespierre supporter (briefly imprisoned after Thermidor like all Robespierrists) but after his release, he embraced the new social order. He was a racist, who brought slavery back in French colonies, unsuccessfully tried to retake Haiti and had Toussaint L'Ouverture captured, brought to Paris where he died in Prison. But on the other hand, he also put forth several reforms for Jewish emancipation, brought them out of the ghettos and did more to give them rights than any other European reformer. He was a warmongerer who did much to fundamentally change Europe's social structure and he was opposed by the highly conservative Duke of Wellington, Metternich and Tsar Alexander (all of them anti-semites) all of whom wanted to ensure that the French Revolution ideals did not spread with him. Most likely, Napoleon will play assassins against the Templars and force them to support his grand plan of War for Fun and Profit and For Great Justice, and his rise will represent a dark age for the Assassins in terms of corruption and moral compromise.
Napoleon will be short.Ubisoft's put itself in a corner: either they go with the classic comical 5'2" Napoleon or his actual 5'7". Whichever one, he's going to seem short compared to our clearly 6' something assassin.
The Execution of Louis XVIWhen he was imprisoned, Louis XVI was held at the Temple Fortress, an old Templar fortress that was later torn down. Upon his death, someone came from the crowd and shouted, "Jacques de Molay, tu es avengee". This was long regarded as rumour, this game we'll see it for real.
Elise will pull a Heel-Face Turn and become playableBecause how better can we rectify the controversy?
On the Modern Day sectionWhile Ubisoft has been saying YOU are the main character, they said that same thing in AC 4. However, the main character this time around could be someone who's closely associated with the previous PC, whether they're family or friends.
Arno's descendant happens to be John DorianHis own wacky imagination is just a corrupted version of Eagle Vision. Then there's all the times he goes "EAAAAGLLLEEE!"
The French Assassins want to take the order back to its pre-Altair daysBasically, there are a lot of reforms Altair made to the Order after he became Mentor. In his Codex, Altair talks about moving the Order away from certain practices, such as pompous ceremony and almost suicidal hidden-bladings. This is why the order is far more casual and varied in its methods in Ezio's game. In Unity, however, the French Assassins conduct fancy ceremonies in special chambers, and Arno can only take out his target with his hidden blade. Part of Arno's character will be questioning these practices, and there will be a point where you can go all out and take out your targets however you choose.
Arno is an ancestor of Subject 16/Clay KazmareckIt's already been said Arno isn't an ancestor of Desmond, so why not be one for another of the other 16 subjects before Desmond? Some evidence is in the Cast trailer, where some of Clay's blood drawings appear on the walls in prison.
The sequel will deal with the napoleonic warsArno will discover that the coalition is Templar led. He will then convince Napoleon to go to war to prevent Templar control of Europe. Possible targets could be Horatio Nelson, Michel Ney, among others.
The next game will have french accentsThe reason Unity had british accents was because of a bug in the Animus which will be handwaved in game. The Animus engineers have fixed that by the beginning of the next game.
Arno will assassinate ShayPerhaps in a very unexpected way, as Arno may have not know Shay was his father's killer and Arno may have avenged Charles completely by coincidence.
Arno will find a second love
Shaun Hastings is the reason for the British accentsMaybe he altered the Animus' translation system for his own amusement.