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Here’s why Assassin’s Creed: Unity is the first in the series to include co-op

Monday, 23rd June 2014 18:54 GMT By Sherif Saed

Assassin’s Creed games have always been strictly single-player only, with the added multiplayer. Assassin’s Creed: Unity is going to change that by being the first in the series to add co-op.

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Senior producer Vincent Pontbriand spoke to CVG about the reasons behind the decision, “Because it’s very complicated to do. Assassin’s Creed was always a single-player game to begin with,” he said.

“It took us three games to introduce PvP (player versus player). It was in the same universe but you were playing as a Templar avatar in a very separate game mode. In Unity, we set out to unify all these game modes into a single experience.

“That’s when we decided that co-op should be the next main focus but in order to do that we had to rebuild all of our systems to allow them to be replicated over a network and working online. So it took years of development to reproduce and redraft all of our sandbox features for a shared online experience.”

So there you have it, folks. What do you think of this explanation?

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3 Comments

  1. bradk825

    All I know is I’m glad they are doing it.

    #1 3 months ago
  2. ENGCLM

    @bradk825 Totally agree.

    I’m usually cynical with yearly iterations of franchises but Assassin’s Creed has always felt fresh and welcome each year.

    Occasionally towards the end gameplay on a few iterations has became a little repetitive but always amazed how deeply intwined the plot is.

    That said, coop is really welcome but hopefully not at a sacrifice of what makes the series good.

    #2 3 months ago
  3. Tormenter

    So they are redesigning one of the last bastions (but not particularly great franchises, although BF ship battles wrere crazy fun) of single player story driven narrative.. to suit a market that has it own differences and needs.

    Well Fuck my SP exerience then, huh?…Play with someone else or GTFO?

    (yes, I know it’lll still be playable with SP but the entire focus of gameplay ethos has changed and the SP will suffer because of the Co-op presence.)

    Is Co-op really necessary here, aren’t there enough games for that market without specifically changing one from a market that has become quite limited, but nevertheless has a high demand.

    You know what?….. The word ‘dumb’ is completely superfluous these day, it’s more worthy of note when something isn’t dumb.

    #3 3 months ago

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