Posted: 19 November, 2014
Hot Breakfast's Sarah Faour was sent to Paris for the unveiling of Ubisoft's latest Assassin’s Creed edition, Unity.
Recently I was lucky enough to travel to Paris…for work! Eddie, Mick and Luke kindly gave me the week off, so relieved of my Hot Breakfast production duties, I was free to roam the cobblestone streets and immerse myself fully in Parisian culture.
But wait: I can justify it! Kind of. You see, the seventh instalment of the hugely popular Assassin’s Creed video game, Assassin’s Creed: Unity is set in Paris, circa 1789 during the French Revolution time period. So, I was sent to explore the city to understand the history and context that inspired ACU.
I took full advantage of this opportunity. I saw exquisite sites: Saint Chappelle, Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville (where it’s believed the first guillotine execution occurred) Louvre, Eiffel Tower. And as part of my immersion, I consumed coffee, cheese, wine, repeat for days and felt so satisfied!
Paris is a breathtakingly beautiful place. The city stirs you. It’s really hard to articulate how magical it is, but there’s a feeling you get while you’re there. And no, Mick, I’m not just referring to the stirrings you may get at the Crazy Horse (the Paris equivalent of the Spearmint Rhino).
Assassin’s Creed: Unity took four years to create. Some of the monuments recreated in the game took 12 months or longer to reconstruct. Having inspected the intricate beauty up close, I get that. The Trailer only gives you a glimpse of those intricacies.
My gaming reflexes have weakened (read: I suck!) somewhat since my university days, but I thoroughly enjoyed playing the role of Arno in ACU. Even though I must have died a thousand times, I had a ball running around the districts of 18th century Paris and studying the historical monuments which make the city so special. In fact, so distracted by the scenery, I failed to be a true Assassin!
Assassin’s Creed: Unity is out now on XBox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. RRP: XBONE and PS4: $99.95; PC: $89.95