Ubisoft held a pre-launch stream on Twitch today to show off some gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, which is scheduled for PC release in the Americas tomorrow, April 21 and in Europe and Australia on Wednesday, April 22. The entire series of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles will be available on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles recounts the story of three Assassins in diverse locations and time periods (China 1526, India 1841, and Russia 1918). The first installment of the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles takes place in 16th century China as the Ming dynasty starts to crumble. You play as Shao Jun, the last Assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood and newly trained by Ezio Auditore. She returns to her homeland with a vendetta seeking to restore her fallen Brotherhood.
In Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China you’ll travel across and discover the Great Empire. Plus, keeping to the hallmark trend of Assassin’s Creed games, you will meet iconic historical figures and of course stalk and hide throughout its legendary landmarks, such as the Forbidden City and Great Wall.
Brought to life by fusing the essence of Chinese 16th century traditional brush strokes with more contemporary, impressionistic styles, Shao Jun’s adventure will keep you awed in an evocative and truly living painting (via Ubisoft).
The gameplay in Chronicles takes on a 2.5D platform scroller-esque approach, but the game maintains its fluidity in movement and familiar equipment. You still get to scout, sneak, hide, target, kill, and escape as you master Shao Jun’s unique combat style. You can also navigate multiple planes by switching between fore, mid, and background environments as you choose different paths that suit your needs. “Whether you’re running from danger, scaling obstacles, or climbing stealthily, you will feel that you really can do anything…Open new pathways, complete side missions, grab hidden collectibles, or take the quickest path to your target” (via Ubisoft).
While the different gameplay and breathtaking art style is a nice change of pace, I’d really love to see this developed in a 3D open world environment. What about you, what do you think? Tell us below after you check out the new launch trailer released today by Ubisoft. Then you can snag your PC copy of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China via Steam or Uplay for $9.99 USD (or download it at no extra cost if you already have the Assassin’s Creed Unity Season Pass).