Assassin’s Creed fans, Ubisoft has heard you! There will be no Companion App for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which is a very good thing after what happened last year with Assassin’s Creed: Unity.
“There will not be a companion app,” a Ubisoft representative told Eurogamer. “For Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the team wanted to focus all their efforts on the core experience.”
Assassin’s Creed: Unity was criticized for many reasons last year, including the forced integration of the Companion App. Ubisoft locked access to certain treasure chests and costumes behind the Companion App, which players had to download and spend hours progressing in before they could unlock certain chests. All these App chests helped turn Unity’s world map into a cluttered mess.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag also had a companion app, but no content was locked behind it. That app allowed players to access the world map, treasure maps, and earn money and resources via Edward Kenway’s fleet. That app wasn’t intrusive to the overall experience.
The removal of the companion app is just one of the ways Ubisoft hopes to make amends for last year’s debacle. Ubisoft Quebec, who are the developers this time around, are trying to take the series back to its roots by eliminating a lot of the fluff that has cropped up over the years. This includes multiplayer and co-op, which are both on the chopping block this year.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is out October 23 on PS4 and Xbox One. A PC version will launch sometime during the holiday 2015 season. Expect to hear a lot more about Syndicate at E3 2015, where Ubisoft will have a large presence.