Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate’s representation of London is quite a large place to explore. The world map itself broken down into seven boroughs: City of London, Lambeth, Southwark, The Strand, The Thames, Westminster and Whitechapel. On the world map, areas of interest in terms of gameplay are marked with icons that reflect the type of task associated with them. These include:
- Memory starting locations,
- Associate activities,
- Points of interest, Shops and vendors,
- Synchronization points,
- Treasure chests and
During missions you’ll receive objective markers that act as waypoints showing you exactly where you need to go to continue. On the world map you can also set your own custom waypoint which will appear on the mini-map when you return to regular gameplay. You can then follow said waypoint to any destination of your choice. They come in several colors including:
- **Green –** Destination, search area or general objective marker.
- **Yellow –** Key objective or key NPC target marker.
- **Red –** Enemy marker.
Viewpoints and Fast Travel
As with the previous Assassin’s Creed games, climbing up to set viewpoints and synchronizing with them will uncover the map of the surrounding region along with all of the nearby collectibles, side-tasks and areas of interest within that area. Handy for you completionists!
Once synchronized, each view point can then be used as a fast travel point accessible from the main map screen. As you might suspect, using fast travel will allow you to instantly select and travel to any previously synchronized viewpoint on the world map. This can only be used when you are not currently in conflict.
Horse Drawn Carriages
There are numerous different types of horse drawn carriages to be found around the streets of London in great numbers and these vehicles happen to be one of the quickest and most efficient ways to get around the map. They handle as you would expect a car or horse to handle in an open world game and with waypoints active on the map, any carriage you enter will also show you the fastest way to your destination by handily providing a GPS route to follow.
Whilst using a carriage is arguably the faster method of getting around London, where this is not an option and you need to scale or traverse rooftops, using the Rope Launcher is the way to go. With the Rope Launcher equipped you can target sections of building. A small button prompt will occur on target locations and pressing the associated button (LB/L1) will fire a rope from your current location to the target. This allows us to do several things:
- Using the Rope Launcher from the ground, we can quickly scale to the top of buildings.
- Using the Rope Launcher between rooftops or from higher to lower locations will create a zip line that we can use to traverse the distance. Using the run button will speed up your movement.
- It is also possible to perform an air assassination whilst stationary on the rope.