Content of the article: "Assassin’s Creed Unity: A Look Back at the Major Leaks"
- 1 March 5, 2014 – Developer Shares Details With Another Plane Passenger
- 2 March 19, 2014 – Kotaku Leak Unity Screenshots
- 3 March 21, 2014 – Ubisoft Release Teaser Trailer
- 4 April 4, 2014 – Protagonist Screenshot Leak
- 5 June 4, 2014 – Unity DLC Pre-order Bonus Leaked
- 6 August 6, 2014 – Paris Map Leaks
- 7 August 24, 2014 – Gameplay, Mission Info, and Screenshots Leak
- 8 October 30, 2014 – Opening Gameplay Leaks
- 9 November 11, 2014 – Assassin's Creed Unity Releases
- 10 Closing Thoughts
Our next deep dive takes us back to the highly violent, incredibly unpleasant, and surprisingly… English, times of 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Unity. This was an interesting year for the franchise, as the wildly different Black Flag had received glowing reviews, and this year there would be two brand new Assassin's Creed games – Unity for the new consoles, and Rogue for the previous generation. As is a staple for the Assassin's Creed franchise, there were rumours before the game was even announced, as well as a really peculiar leak involving an interaction on a plane. Having said that though, there were seemingly less leaks for this game than other entries, but how the times have changed.
Naturally, spoiler warning for the game.
Yes, you read that right. As shared on NeoGAF, poster krimsoncharge was just minding their own business, playing Assassin's Creed Liberation on their PSP when the person next to them on the plane noticed this, and asked how they enjoyed the game. After some chatter, the person then shared that they were close to the development of the next game, and that krimsoncharge would love the next one. They discussed details of the game, and then the lucky fan was shown some footage of the game which he then shared details of onto the forum;
set in paris and england (london?)
main characters name is arno/harno something. will be heading the french divison of assassins.
looks to be set after the ezio period, character had handgun.
looks like victorian era judging by the way npc dressed, architecture, horse carriages parked on the streets.
Villa management is back. MC has his own villa (guy says its ezio's villa from AC:B). dunno if it makes any sense geographically or it might be a mistranslation.
codename is AC:unity. Not final title, might be battle/fight something (cant remember). The AC logo is cut in the middle like the beyond/quantum break logo.
MC has a blue suit with a tinge of red in the clip(might change). looked similar to the ones worn by the Knights in order 1886.
from the clip it looks like a cross gen title. Although the guy tells me its next gen only title.
Visually looked quiet decent but it was ver early footage. Had fantastic draw distance and crowd density was much higher than the older games despite them appearing/disappearing from thin air.
As we can see, a lot of these details are actually…bang on accurate. Everything mentioned seems to represent the final product, even the game's name, character, setting, and the protagonist's main outfit. After Black Flag also had a similar leak on a plane, it seems that Ubisoft needs to start taking new means of transportation…
March 19, 2014 – Kotaku Leak Unity Screenshots
Reputable leaker Jason Schreier was anonymously sent screenshots of the upcoming game, confirming the game's setting in Paris, the name, the game's logo, and the outfit – giving further credibility to the above leak. Further, it does confirm the use of a pistol, but we can tell it is an early build as there are barely any characters in the world. Finally, it seems to confirm a new control scheme for the series, giving the players dedicated "parkour up" and "parkour down" buttons.
Outcome? Confirmed. We can all recognise the game as what we all played once it was released. Even though they are presumably early build, we can still see the similarities.
It is viewable
, even the graphics still impress me.
April 4, 2014 – Protagonist Screenshot Leak
Posted on YouTube and shared on NeoGAF, there is an image of a character – presumably the protagonist – doing the rounds, many linking it to the next Assassin's Creed. The original YouTube video of the screenshot was
with a copyright claim from none other than Ubisoft, lending credibility that it is definitely a leak of some sort. Later in the thread, there was official word from Ubisoft that they do not comment on rumours or speculation. Further, another user claims to have spoken with an art lead, to which the lead suggests that this is what the game actually looks like.
Outcome? Plausible. There is no confirmation if this was a screenshot of an early build, or perhaps a piece of concept art for the game. It does show some resemblance to the world that was shown in the teaser trailer, and does look like it belongs in the AC world.
June 4, 2014 – Unity DLC Pre-order Bonus Leaked
The leak comes from Twitter user CriptAssassINI, who has found promotional material of the pre-order incentive for Unity. It reveals a mission called "Chemical Revolution", and features art of the game's protagonist, and French Chemist Antoine Lavoisier, continuing the series' trend of having our characters meet significant historical icons during the game. The leak is viewable here.
Outcome? Confirmed. Later confirmed on July 22 when the different editions and bonuses were revealed.
August 6, 2014 – Paris Map Leaks
It seems that the game's map of Paris had leaked onto Reddit in the form of a user posting a cloth map of the whole French City. A comparison map was shared online – courtesy of VGLeaks which shows just how similar it is to Paris during the French Revolution. Of course, it is important to know the scale before judgements can be made about the world's actual size, but it seems like an accurate portrayal from the bird's eye view at least.
Outcome? Confirmed. The game's map is…well exactly that.
August 24, 2014 – Gameplay, Mission Info, and Screenshots Leak
After a private beta became available to presumably Ubisoft insiders and developers, screenshots, gameplay, and glitches seemed to make their way onto the internet. First, the screenshots show the game's logo, and some screenshots of Arno traversing the rooftops of Paris, viewable here.
Next, we have some hints towards the game's incredibly messy and glitchy launch, as we have some pretty weird bugs viewable here, and here. Although, probably unfair to criticise a game's beta for having bugs…that is the whole point after all.
Finally, a very interesting screenshot seems to suggest that the game contains very special missions that are unlockable, all with different characters and locations, featuring Ezio as one character, as well as revisiting the Caribbean and Florence. The screenshot is visible here.
October 30, 2014 – Opening Gameplay Leaks
After a user managed to get an early copy of the game, the game's opening quickly managed to make its way onto the internet. Unfortunately, I cannot find the original post and leaks as most have been taken down, but here is the VGLeaks article covering the story, while here is a
For those who cannot view the video, the game is indeed the game's opening and shows a young Arno running around the Palace of Versailles, showing great lighting effects, shiny floors, and a choppy frame-rate that became strongly associated with the game.
November 11, 2014 – Assassin's Creed Unity Releases
Some interesting leaks here for Unity, hard to believe that a developer (or someone close to development) was so comfortable sharing all this information with a random stranger on a plane, yet here we are. It seems after the rush of leaks at the start of the year, Ubisoft got a tighter grip and managed to clamp down and prevent more leaks before the game's release – that is until early copies began to circulate. It also is interesting just how many leaks this franchise can go through year after year, new game after new game. I genuinely do not remember an Assassin's Creed game that got revealed by Ubisoft without leaks beating them to the reveal.
I will definitely be exploring more Assassin's Creed games, and for those who are curious, here are my previous posts;
- Assassin's Creed Valhalla
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Fallout 4
- Red Dead Redemption 2
In other news, for those who want to consume these posts in video format, something is being worked on and I cannot wait to show you when it is ready.
I appreciate you reading this post, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy researching and writing them. Keep an eye out for more in the future!
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