Syndicate takes place just 75-years after last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Unity but the changes are vast. London is much more vertical, with taller buildings and much wider streets, so Ubisoft Quebec had to introduce new ways of getting around. The assassin’s gauntlet allows you Batman-like abilities—zipping to the rooftops at the tap of a button, or creating your own horizontal tightropes for aerial assassination platforms. On street-level, the ability to hijack and commandeer horse and carriages gives you less reason to use fast travel and more reason to run down your enemies in exciting chase sequences. I saw one during an extended demo, and although the mechanics clearly aren’t quite there yet, I’m excited to see what other vehicles are announced in the next couple of months.

Features of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate include:

  • A curved blade called Kukri for close-quarters combat
  • A revolver for distance kills and finishers
  • Brass knuckles for when a punch in the face isn’t enough
  • Zip-line to buildings (Batman style)
  • Assassin’s Gauntlet rope launcher
  • Bare knuckle boxing
  • Players can ride carriages
  • Big Ben
  • New and Improved fighting system provides more fluid and accessible combat
  • Victorian London
  •  Two main protagonists, twins Jacob and Evie Frye