UbiSoft announced that Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China would be expanded upon by adding unique entries for India and Russia. The 2.5D sidescroller was originally announced as part of the DLC season pass for Assassin’s Creed: Unity focusing on China and Ezio Auditore’s apprentice, the female assassin Shao Jun.
Fans of the franchise’s canon may recognize India and Russia as the backdrops for the Assassin’s Creed comics series in Assassin’s Creed: Brahmin (India) and Assassin’s Creed: The Fall / The Chain (Russia). Each game will feature a region specific protagonist, sidescrolling gameplay where the player can hide in the environment and should build on the already vast canon of the Assassin’s Creed franchise.
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.
Some fans have joked that ACC: China was the only reason to become invested in AC: Unity’s season pass as game breaking bugs plagued that game’s launch. I personally love the idea of UbiSoft expanding the franchise in other areas, especially experimenting with regions that might not be popular enough for mainline entries. At the very least, UbiSoft is showing some bravery for a franchise that has been accused of being too much of the same for too long.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China launches on April 21 on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC for $9.99 or free for owners of the AC: Unity season pass.