If you’re like me, then you’ve probably been wondering how Ubisoft plans to keep the Assassin’s Creed franchise going post Desmond Miles. Lets be honest here, they really couldn’t keep Desmond around for every game going forward. While Desmond won’t be able to continue, the ability to visit ancestors in different time periods could easily keep going as a gameplay mechanic. So the question becomes, how can you justify using an Animus without Desmond? Maybe we’ve been given our first glimpse into a post-Desmond game with Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation.
Traditionally, you’re view-point has always been aligned with the Assassins. They’re out fighting against a futuristic Templar organization known as Abstergo Industries. So from this standpoint, the Assassins are represented as “the good guys” while the Templars are portrayed as being “bad.” With Liberation, that may change a bit.
The modern day story revolves around the fact that you (the player) are using a commercial version of the Animus device. If you remember, the Animus is how Desmond has been able to play as his ancestors in the core game though the device at that time wasn’t readily available to the public. It’ll be interesting to see how this ties into the fact that you are playing as an assassin, though the Animus was purchased directly through Abstergo. I’m curious to see if we’re now going to be seeing things from the Templar side. It’ll also be interesting to see what master plan the Templars have in store for these new Animus devices out in the wild. There’s definitely something going on behind the scenes here.
As Desmond’s story nears its finish, I’m eager to see how Ubisoft manages to keep the Assassin’s Creed modern story going without it’s main character. With Liberation, it would seem we’re experiencing that first step.