Through sheer force of will, along with a few legitimately great games, Ubisoft has turned their historical murder simulator Assassin’s Creed into one of the biggest franchises of the generation. But aside from a handful of questionable spin-offs, the series has never had a strong mobile presence – until now. We enter the Animus and check out Assassin’s Creed – Identity, the first “authentic” Assassin’s Creed experience for iOS, in this New Zealand Edition of It Came From Canada!
What’s so striking about Identity is how it manages to feel like a real Assassin’s Creed game by only making a couple of small compromises for the platform. Instead of controlling one protagonist for a sprawling, story-heavy campaign, players create and customize their assassin and take on a series of self-contained missions. The franchise’s infamously bonkers conspiracy meta-narrative is still there for those who choose to read it, but it never gets in the way of the neck-stabbing. And along with outfitting their avatar with collected weapons and skills, like the ability to summon online recruits for assistance, the different classes freshen up play styles on a more fundamental level.
The missions themselves are familiar fare – things like stealthily kill this one dude, deliver this item, or run across these rooftops – and the Renaissance city playgrounds do feel more compact than usual. But again, it’s a small price to pay for gameplay and visuals as fluid and detailed as the franchise’s high-end portable entries at least. Players swipe to fight, sneak, and parkour with ease, and as they reach the tops of buildings they’ll get amazing views of the vistas before them. Assassin’s Creed‘s smooth systems have always been criticized for feeling too automated, but here it’s the perfect fit.
Right now levels are limited to adventures in 16th century Italy, but the game promises modern-day Montreal missions are coming as well. However, Assassin’s Creed – Identity presents such a promising framework the team should consider throwing in stages from however many eras as they can fit. For right now though, getting the game in shape for launch should be the top priority. As we played, the game would freeze and hard reboot the iPad after every completed mission while attempting to ping the server. But that’s why this is a soft launch.
Assassin’s Creed – Identity will be creeping onto iOS devices everywhere soon.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 4th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hey Assassin’s Creed fans, if my terrible pun hasn’t put you off then you should be interested to know that the Assassin’s Creed Pirates mobile game is now free-to-play. Not ‘on sale’ for free, but completely free.
Ubisoft has also added a new chapter appendix called Cold Blood. Now you can sail the arctic seas, meet a legendary new crew member who will help you navigate the frozen north, and upgrade you ships in new ways.
Grab a copy of Assassin’s Creed Pirates for free right now.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 10th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ubisoft was proud to announce today that Assassin’s Creed Pirates is being featured as the Free App of the Week in the App Store. This news comes alongside the fourth update being released.
The update includes new missions that take players to La Isla de la Juventud for slave liberation. The mission unlocks exclusive rewards as part of the new daily reward system. Players will receive increasingly valuable rewards every day just for playing.
The update also has ship customization so you can sail the seas in style. Lastly, new players will be happy to hear that they will receive a Starter Pack in the store and have several tutorials to reference as they begin their ruthless life of piracy.
Check out Assassin’s Creed Pirates for free on the App Store while you can.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 7th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ubisoft has updated its iOS high seas adventure game, Assassin’s Creed Pirates, with some major additions. This refresh brings new maps, as well as one new campaign mission and three new secondary missions among other features.
There are also new ships that are available for the all-new Survival Missions. According to the Ubisoft release, each game map will feature its very own Survival Mission in which players can fish and hunt for food. And as an added plus, there are also historical ships to battle against.
The update is free to current owners of Assassin’s Creed Pirates, which is available on the App Store for $4.99.
Assassin’s Creed Pirates is not the Assassin’s Creed game you’d expected to come to mobile, as it’s more of a straight-up pirate adventure with boats than any kind of character-based action game. Of course, the recent console release kind of took its own path by shifting to a piracy theme, and the mobile game goes whole hog into the concept. Players take command of their own pirate ship, starting off with a small schooner but eventually make their way to becoming a pirate king while wreaking havoc all over the Caribbean.
Gameplay consists of several different phases: there’s a top-down navigation mode, where players can sail around looking for treasure and to take on other captains on the high seas. It’s possible to go into a 3D view of the action, and is necessary for some events, to try and chase down other ships. Then there’s combat, which involves trading cannon volleys, trying to dodge enemy attacks, and exploit their weaknesses.
The connection to the traditions of Assassin’s Creed seems tenuous at best, at least initially: there’s the famous iconography of the series but Edward Kenway, the protagonist of the console game, isn’t anywhere to be seen – at least early on. This is an entirely separate experience, though the game certainly could link up to AC4’s narrative at some point later on (I won’t give away any secrets). In reality, it gives off the appearance of trying to fit in thematically with the game, but in my playing of it, it seems to stand up well on its own.
As a whole, it gives off the vibe of being like Infinity Blade in a fleeting sense. A large part of it is the combat being based off of dodging enemy attacks, and then delivering timing and precision-based weapon strikes from one’s boat back at the enemy – or enemies! The ability to level up and get upgrades for the boat and crew feels like a familiar aspect too, but that’s true of most any iOS game nowadays. But really, it feels like the developers paid attention to making a game in the same sort of vein – of exploring and becoming stronger – but decided to use the concept to fit in with what the piratical theme.
Assassin’s Creed Pirates releases on iOS on December 5, and even for people who aren’t too exposed to the series this shows some promise as a high-seas adventure.
Pirates are on their way to the App Store as Assassin’s Creed: Pirates will launch this December 5th for $4.99. The game features naval combat, exploration, and a quest for gold, and it’s the player’s job to manage their crew, upgrade their ship, recruit new members, and partake in real-time naval battles while exploring new land and searching for treasure.
Players take the role of a young captain by the name of Alonzo Batilla, and they’ll come across Assassin’s, Templars, and famous buccaneers as they set sail on this journey.
Ubisoft has announced that Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is being developed for iOS devices, bringing players the chance to sail and explore throughout the Caribbean. Players will take on the role of captain Alonzo Batilla, and it’s their job to manage the ship’s crew, recruit new members, upgrade the ship, and take part in real-time naval warfare. Own the seas!
Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is inspired by the naval battles that were seen in Assassin’s Creed III, which most certainly was one of my favorite things about the game. I can’t wait to take the helm and watch out for those changing weather conditions that will impact the gameplay!
The Assassin’s Creed franchise has been phenemonally successful since the release of the first game in the series 5 years ago. It has spawned numerous new games, for PC, console and iOS, novelizations and even the rumor of a forthcoming movie. The tales of Ezio Auditore have now spawned a spin-off comic book in the form of new app Assassin’s Creed The Fall.
Assassin’s Creed The Fall follows the story of assassin Nikolai Orelov, providing a completely different look into the Assassin’s Creed Universe. The stunning artwork and writing comes courtesy of DC Comics artists Karl Kerschl and Cameron Stewart so readers are guaranteed quality throughout. With easy to browse navigation designed specifically for the iPad, it should prove to be a great hit for comic book fans and fans of the game series.
Assassin’s Creed The Fall is out now and priced at $0.99 for the first past. The subsequent two parts are purchasable for $2.99.
Has the eighteenth century been mutilated and mined by developers until the cows come home? The simple answer to this question is an emphatic, “Heck no!” So it really makes perfect sense for teams to dig into this rich mine of exploitable historical content. Imagine a parallel universe where the worlds of Assassin’s Creed and the Revolutionary War bled together. Though the concept may sound utterly absurd to those that are not used to GameLoft’s extensive work on the iOS front, this odd combination, though completely ridiculous, actually manages to work fairly well. So lace up your boots and start loading your musket, because things might get a little crazy.
Right off the bat players are introduced to the plight of Henry Blake, a former British military-man that was betrayed by the people that he once trusted. Forced to pick up the broken pieces of what once resembled his life, Blake sets off to get revenge on the backstabbers who turned his life upside down. But in this era of sophistication and class, what is the best way to get the jump on your adversaries? If Assassin’s Creed taught us anything, it is that death is a dish best served from above, silently, under the cover of night, with a sharp blow to the melon.
Taking place in a series of fully rendered cities, again harkening back to it’s console inspiration, as well as a couple more scenic locals, players will have the option to run, jump and climb their way across the skyline, while making small steps towards reclaiming what was once yours. When you couple this with GameLoft’s extensive track record of producing quality voiceovers and visually polished content, you may be looking at a match made in the eighteenth century heaven. Keep it locked here for more exclusive details as they become available closer to the game’s official release.
Back in early February, Ubisoft announced an upcoming, mysterious app store game…an online, multiplayer game based on Assassin’s Creed II. Early this morning, Assassin’s Creed II: Multiplayer made its appearance on the App Store. Most startling, however, was its promotional price: for the first 48 hours of its launch, Ubisoft is giving the game away for free.
Afterwards, of course, the game will be converted to a paid one, with a supposed price of $2.99. We can only assume that the giveaway is meant to boost the ranks of players, since this is an online-only game.
Titled “Assassin’s Creed II: Multiplayer,” this iPhone-exclusive title will feature some sort of four-player assassin deathmatch. The screenshots show a top-down view and feature environments inspired by the cities featured in Assassin’s Creed II.
It’s all live, and will use a WiFi connection for matches. You’ll have six powerups at your disposal, but perhaps your most important tool will be your assassin’s stealth, as you can take advantage of your environments and hide within crowds of citizens. The teaser website also mentions a “notoriety” system, which will use a “dynamic ranking system” to place players on the leaderboards, as well as built-in achievements. You’ll be able to challenge friends to matches, but I hope that random matchups are also included.
Be sure to grab the game while it’s free. Hopefully we’ll have our own impressions up soon!
It hasn’t been long at all since the release of Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery, but the folks at Ubisoft have already announced their plans to release a third Assassin’s Creed game on the App Store. Titled “Assassin’s Creed II: Multiplayer,” this iPhone-exclusive title will feature some sort of four-player assassin deathmatch. The screenshots show a top-down view and feature environments inspired by the cities featured in Assassin’s Creed II.
It’s all live, and will use a WiFi connection for matches, which is a bit disappointing—Bluetooth is so much simpler!—but it’s possible that that detail was simply omitted for brevity’s sake. You’ll have six powerups at your disposal, but perhaps your most important tool will be your assassin’s stealth, as you can take advantage of your environments and hide within crowds of citizens. The teaser website also mentions a “notoriety” system, which will use a “dynamic ranking system” to place players on the leaderboards, as well as built-in achievements. You’ll be able to challenge friends to matches, but I hope that random matchups are also included.
You can read the full details revealed so far on Ubisoft’s website. In the meantime, we’ll anxiously await the release of more information (or better yet, the game itself!). We’ve already seen two solid ports of the Assassin’s Creed DS games to the App Store, and this iPhone-exclusive title should be very interesting.
Ubisoft invited us to a preview of Assassin’s Creed 2: Discovery last week. In addition, we got a chance to talk with the producer, Ben Mattes about the game and Ubisoft’s plans for the iPhone.
Assassin’s Creed 2 is a 2.5D adventure game that takes place in the same story as the console version, but in 2 chapters of the story that are missing from that console version. There’s about 6 hours of gameplay along the main story line in this game that is definitely more arcade like than the console versions.
Assassin’s Creed 2 was accidently released a couple weeks ago. While no one will say exactly what happened, our best guess is that they were testing the infamous App Store approval process and forgot to set the release date out in the future.
Now the official release date is February 1st and the price is expected to be $9.99, but that’s not final. Ubisoft aren’t stupid, they just like other developers, know how to put their apps on sale to get exposure.
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Posted April 23rd, 2009 by Chris Hall Our Rating: :: RECOMMENDED
Assassin's Creed on the iPhone is a fun, but utterly frustrating experience. The game has the mythological "it" factor, with somewhat charismatic characters and vibrant graphics, but I have a hard time getting past the grey hair inducing platform jumping. If I fall off of just one more platform I think that it will be the loony bin for me.
According to Carmen Pearson, Public Relations Manager for Gameloft, Assassin’s Creed for the iPhone & iPod Touch is “slated to hit the App Store by early next week”.
The game, which has no price as of yet, will once again place you in the shoes of Altair, Master Assassin for The Order of Assassins, as he attempts to retrieve “The Chalice” from the Templars in an effort to end the Crusades. According to IGN, “Assassin’s Creed for the iDevices is indeed largely based on Altair’s Chronicles, the DS prequel to the very first Creed game.” Continue reading Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles To Be Released Next Week »