OK. This looks cool. What was going to be a single side-scrolling Assassin's Creed game set in 16th century China is now going to span three eras and three countries, starting on April 21.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, a game we formerly thought was just its own thing for owners of the Assassin's Creed Unity season pass, will now just be the first of a Chronicles trilogy that also takes us to 19th century India and early 20th century Russia. If those latter two eras ring any bells, it's because they are the settings for two of the canonical Assassin's Creed comic book series, Assassin's Creed Brahman and Assassin's Creed The Fall/The Chain, respectively.
Here are the basics for all three, via the new trailer's YouTube description:
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China - Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China takes place in China, 1526, as the Ming dynasty starts to crumble. You embody Shao Jun, the last remaining Assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood, returning to her homeland with a vendetta. Newly trained by the legendary Ezio Auditore, she is hell-bent on exacting vengeance and restoring her fallen Brotherhood.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India - Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India throws you into the tension between the Sikh Empire and the East India Company in 1841. When a Master Templar arrives with a mysterious item that used to belong to the Assassin Order, Arbaaz Mir must discover why he's come, steal back the item, and protect his friends and his lover.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia - Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia occurs in Russia, 1918. Nikolai Orelov wants to leave with his family, but is required to perform one last mission for the Assassin Order: infiltrate the house where the tsar's family is being held by the Bolsheviks and steal an artifact that has been fought over by Assassins and Templars for centuries. Along the way, he witnesses the massacre of the tsar's children, but manages to save the princess, Anastasia. He must escape the Templars while protecting the artifact and Anastasia.
The games are described as being 2.5D sidescrollers with players having the ability to move in and out of different planes of action. Development is being led by British studio Climax, which isn't exactly known for sidescrollers.
The first of these games, ACC:China, will be out for PS4, Xbox One and PC on April 21 for $US9.99, or free if you have the AC: Unity season pass.