Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Tea: (Hot water, actual tea was Xbone exclusive pre-order content)
Advanced Marketing and Backward Game Development
To start off, I actually enjoyed SOME Assassin’s Creed games. Mainly the Ezio ones. Altair was too much of a cunt and Connor wasn’t much of anything. A line from Pulp Fiction springs to mind: “Because you are a character doesn’t mean you have character.” Edward Kenway wasn’t as engaging as Ezio, even though the developers tried so hard they might as well have taped a picture of Ezio to Edward’s face. But the gameplay made up for that by a ton. Not having played Unity, Syndicate comes along:
I am actually not really going to talk about the game, aside from the fact that I thought the main character would be the villain, judging from his top hat that only missed a mustache he could twirl while your love interest lies tied up on a train track. No, it’s the fact that the gameplay shown to me is said to be pre-alpha. Calling something “pre-alpha” is a bit paradoxical to begin with, but I get it. You are still working on it and are a bit shy to show me what you have to offer. All fair game, even though you are expecting people to go: “Wow, pre-alpha? It will look amazing by the time I can buy it.” Until their dreams are inevitably shattered by another Watch_Dogs that somehow also managed to look worse than its first outing.
What really brings me to a boil is the fact that in the same breath they speak the words “pre-alpha” the already have an array of special editions and pre-order bonuses ready for you. So you don’t have the guts to tell us what your final game will look like, but expect me to pre-order it Ubisoft? Does your marketing department sit in a different country? Is that why you put those multi-ethnic disclaimers at the start of every game? It should be a given at this point that pre-ordering is nothing more than a clever business trick for game publishers to keep making the mediocre Call of Duty knock-off every year and yes, by extent this holds true for AC as well. It almost hurts to write that, since I enjoyed this series once, but now it has just devolved into an annual franchise with barely any imagination thrown into it.
I will not pre-order this game, or even buy it at full price, Ubisoft, if you continue to treat me like a money-machine you just need to put a new AC title with a fancy subtitle in every year, as a side note: start numbering your titles again! It will get confusing as hell two years down the line. I envy people who still think that they will get a flawless and fresh game, I would like to live in such an innocent world. But ours is a harsh reality my friend and this time the faces of the characters will be only part of the collector’s edition set at 140,-$.