“The French Revolution was a time of firsts. It included the first-ever assault on the entire concept of organized religion. The first genuinely populist uprising. The first modern police state, with show trials, informants, and public executions.”
Today is Bastille Day, a national holiday in France used to mark the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution. As this ties in with the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity, Ubisoft have released a couple of new trailers. The first which we reported on earlier shows of a collection of new gameplay, while the second looks at the history of the French Revolution and the birth of modern society.
Maxime Durand, a history graduate that has been working on the series since the fourth game, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, took some time out to talk about the importance of the 14th of July 1789. “The Bastille was a medieval fortress-turned-prison in the heart of Paris, consisting of eight 24-metre-high towers and the thick walls enclosing them.” Durand continues “Revolutionary mobs, incensed at the symbol of Royal oppression, laid siege to the fortress. Despite its reputation as a grim and terrible prison, at the time of the attack the Bastille actually held only seven prisoners.”
“The mob’s primary objective was not to free prisoners, but to seize the huge ammunition stores held within the prison walls. When the prison governor refused to comply, the mob charged and, after a violent battle, eventually took control of the fortress.” Durand explains “The storming of the Bastille symbolically marked the beginning of the French Revolution, in which the monarchy was overthrown and a republic set up based on the ideas of ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’ (liberty, equality and fraternity).”
Durand then moved on to the other major events that will be happening in the game. “The player will of course witness this major event of the French Revolution at the front seat during the first hours of the game. But I won’t reveal the details and spoil you the surprise”. Today’s second trailer looks at some of the events that happened after the storming including the death of a king and the reign of terror.
The events of the 14th were shown off in the amazing Assassin’s Creed Unity Cinematic Trailer at this year’s E3.
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Assassin’s Creed Unity was announced earlier this year along side rumours of a second game, Assassin’s Creed Comet, for last-gen consoles. Unity will also be the first game in the series to add in co-op, allowing up to four Assassins to roam the streets of Paris together, the game is also using the full power of the current-gen consoles to create a living breathing Paris during one of the bloodiest periods of modern history.
We view the birth of a new nations through the eyes of Connor in Assassin’s Creed 3, now its time to visit another. “For all our focus on the American Bill of Rights, the French Declaration of the Rights of Man predated the American document by a year. “Durand then summed up the importance of the French Revolution. The Revolution saw the birth of the charter of rights; it’s the inauguration of a new world. It also gave way to Napoléon’s war that changed not only Europe, but also the entire world. It is during that time that the old way was replaced by the new. The other nations kept their monarchic structure, but the French Revolution made everyone realize that this model was doomed.”
Assassin’s Creed Unity will be available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 28th. To see where I want the series to go next click here.