Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate’s Devs Did Their Homework

Gamasutra had the chance to talk to Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate’s World Director Jonathan Dumont about the upcoming game. When deciding on the next installment of the Assassin’s Creed series and it’s location, the dev team needed a place that excited all the people involved and also something that worked as a continuation of the storyline. Enter 1880’s Victorian London.

“A Victorian London setting was really pulling us in, because the era offered a lot of new gameplay possibilities due to the rapid industrialization.”

London during this time was one of the largest cities in the world being the capital of the British Empire, that at the time spanned a great deal of the world.

“We were pretty lucky since photography existed by then, so we had a rich bank of real footage and photos close to our time period.”

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The team also read a lot of books about how people lived in London during the era, as well as diving deep into historical records to get the most accurate information on how the world worked at the time. Aside from this, Dumont and the Art Director Thierry Dansereau walked all across London with cameras in hand, taking over 4000 pictures.

While keeping the history and places as accurat as possible, Dumont says that his goal is to “create the best player experience possible”, so that means that sometimes you might have to make a few changes here and there to deliver the best possible game.

“For example, while landmarks like the clock tower, St- James Park, Trafalgar Square, Lambeth Palace and Waterloo Station are all pretty much in the right position geographically, but we played with, and mostly shrunk, distances in between them to allow for better navigation flow. We also kept certain architectural styles in certain boroughs to get as much contrast as possible. Obviously, the Thames’ elbow shape, was a must and landmarks had to be placed at the right location in relation to the river.”

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All in all, this added up to a great game that I have had the pleasure of trying out for a bit. I can’t wait until the game is released October 23rd. Are you looking forward to the game? Maybe you’ve already pre-ordered it? Leave a comment down below. More information on the game can be found here and here.

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