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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles will explore new horizons for the series

The Assassin’s Creed series is heading further east than ever before with Assassin’s Creed Chronicles, a three-part downloadable game series that will take players on a historical tour of 16th-century China, 19th-century India, and early 20th-century Russia.

Ubisoft announced the first game of the trilogy, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, last fall as part of Assassin’s Creed Unity‘s season pass. It stars Shao Jun, the sole remaining member of the Chinese Assassin’s Brotherhood, who trained under Assassin’s Creed 2 protagonist Ezio Auditore in some off the franchise’s expanded universe spinoff media. Set in 1526 as the Ming Dynasty is starting to fall, it is a story of revenge, though we do not yet know whom she is avenging.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India and Russia will feature assassins named Arbaaz Mir and Nikolaï Orelov, respectively. Both characters have appeared in Assassin’s Creed graphic novels. India takes place in 1841 during the Sino-Sikh War, and Russia will be set in 1918, in the immediate wake of the October Revolution when the Bolsheviks seized power.

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All three games differ from the main franchise in terms of gameplay as 2.5-dimensional side-scrollers. Each has its own visually distinct and painterly aesthetic that reflects the culture in which it is set.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China will be available on April 21 for PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One. It will be free to anyone that purchased a season pass for Assassin’s Creed Unity, or $10 to purchase otherwise. The two subsequent games will be released separately at a later date, yet to be announced.

The next main entry in the series, Assassin’s Creed Victory, will head back toward the occident for a Victorian London setting. Ubisoft has confirmed the leaked assets as accurate, but has not yet provided a timetable for release any more specific than the rumored late 2015.