Assassin's Creed Utopia Tokyo Game Show 2012 Hands-on Preview -- AssassinVilleBy Nikole Zivalich - Posted Sep 20, 2012
A game hasn't "made it" until it has an iOS/Android companion strategy game. By this logic, Assassin's Creed has made it and it's all thanks to the Ubisoft/Gree collaboration: Assassin's Creed Utopia.
American colonial era turn based games with micromanaging elements are pretty hot right now. Assassin's Creed Utopia will let gamers build their own 17th century village and watch it grow over the course of 150 years. You'll build a colony for the first colonists and watch them prosper up until the Revolution, which is where Assassin's Creed 3 takes place.
While at Tokyo Game Show 2012 I was able to put away my assassin's blade long enough to try Assassin's Creed Utopia for the iPad. Being in Tokyo meant the game was in Japanese and being an American who only speaks English, I'll admit I was confused.
The game began in a small town. Little houses, a bigger building, and assassin towers filled the town. After a few moments tiny bags of gold began popping up above each building. I was able to move buildings or delete them, but the "Upgrade" option wasn't accessible. After collecting more gold than I knew what to do with (no really, what do I do with it?) I decided to click buttons until I saw the Battle option.
Assassin's Creed Utopia is one part AssassinVille and another part turn based combat. The combat prompt asked me to choose a character before jumping into battle. The fight itself was against a rowdy group of baddies armed with spears and axes. Using Attack and Guard I was able to take out the enemies after several minutes. Upon their defeat I was told a a winner was me!
I'll admit the language barrier prevented me from fully understanding AC Utopia, but it didn't stop me from enjoying it. It seemed to combine two types of gameplay the mobile platform excels at, harvesting and fighting. By building a better town, I'll in time, be able to be a better fighter.
Utopia will not affect Assassin's Creed 3, but will be act more of a precursor to the game in that it takes place before the events of the American Revolution. A release date was not announced but it is expected to launch in Winter 2012.