I’m a really big fan of the Assassin’s Creed series. For me, it’s more about the games bringing specific time periods to life that most excites me about the games. While the first one was a hot topic of debate in terms of the gameplay, no one could deny that running around in the Crusades Era was a blast and amazing. AC2 brought us to the Italian Renaissance, to such places as Florence and Venice. Not much needs to be said besides, ‘simply outstanding.’
While AC: Brotherhood is more of an additional story from AC2 centered in Rome, I wanted to speculate and brainstorm some time periods for AC3 when it eventually hits. I love history so I couldn’t resist doing something like this. I have no inside knowledge on the game or anything, just speculating. To History!
Idea 1: Russia/Russian Revolution
Russia, a land rife with political and military unrest. Two things essential to any great AC game. There’s so much here that Ubisoft could use. The first thing that comes to mind is the Communist Revolution near the end of World War 1. The game takes place in 1916, you’re allied with the Romanov family and you struggle to help them stay in power until 1917 when the February Revolution eventually abolishes the crown. Maybe you are hired to take out Rasputin before he begins his political struggle. Maybe you’re in the 20th century working to undermine the Communist government under Joseph Stalin. You could also follow the story line from the comic book and deal with the repressive Tsar Alexander III during the late 19th century.
Issues with Theory: Honestly, I can’t think of much. Ubisoft has a comic coming out in November with the protagonist as a Russian Assassin so I mean, it’s possible.
Chances of Happening: 80% – mainly because of the Comic Book coming out.
Idea 2: French Revolution/Napoleonic Era
This idea excites me the most and I believe is the most plausible. Since it’s confirmed that Altair and his family moved west to Italy and settled there (descendants of Ezio’s family), why can’t the Auditore family move west again? Italy and France indeed border each other after all. What better example of civil unrest than the French Revolution. Plenty of political and historical figures to interact with or assassinate, plenty of drama, and plenty of intrigue. Join with the people in bringing down Louis XVI. Help or try to stop the Jacobins from taking power and seeing Robespierre begin his Reign of Terror on the French populace. Moving ahead a couple of years to 1795, Napoleon begins his rise to power. What better opportunity to join with him and helping him defeat the royalists who want the power after the downfall of the Jacobins. There’s just so much here, I could honestly write a few pages, but for now, I’ll stop here.
Issues with Theory: Again, nothing really that I can think of. The series is still located in Europe, the location is close to Italy, and there’s plenty of civil unrest in this time period. Why not I say.
Chances of Happening: 90% – Only because I really want to see this time period happen.
Idea 3: World War I/II
Another interesting time period. You’re a special forces soldier behind enemy lines. I’m picturing you as a British soldier, but you can really pick any Allied nation for either World War. I will admit the modern era might be tough to nail down with planes, tanks, and guns, but there’s definitely enough happening that the developers could base a solid story around it. In World War I you character could be apart of the Italian’s Arditi Assault Force. These guys lead the way acting as the shock troopers, preparing the way for the main force. Maybe you’re part of the famed British Commandos created by Winston Churchill during World War II. Leading the way for the British Army and instilling fear into the enemies. In an interesting twist, maybe you take part in Operation Valkyrie, the attempt by German officers to overthrow Hitler during the tail end of World War II. Warning, that last idea most certainly would stir up controversy.
Issues with Theory: Well, besides the controversy from my last idea, the only real issue I could think of is just the more modern setting itself. The Assassin’s Creed series has been prominent in the pre-gunpowder years, so implementing tanks, airplanes and guns now would be an interesting issue to overcome.
Chances of Happening: 50% – I’m a bit iffy on this one. Most of the modern era ideas might be tricky to pull off in an AC game.
Idea 4: Japan
Yes, you read my mind exactly. Ninjas. From a gameplay perspective it makes total sense. Ninjas are stealthy assassins so it lines up perfectly with the series. Running on rooftops, throwing stars, and taking out high value targets in an ancient Japanese setting simply would be fantastic, not to mention a total blast. The Ninjas became scarce in around the 17th century so imagine that as your time period. Working for or against the Tokugawa shogunate. Betrayal from the Shogun leaves you on the run from his Samurai. Are you listening Ubisoft? Call me!
Issues with theory: Well, from the story standpoint, considering that the main protagonist is caucasian makes it a bit unlikely that he has Asian descendants.
Chance of Happening: 5% – I’m holding out a little hope on this one.
Idea 5: American Revolution
From a historical standpoint, the 1770s would be an excellent place to create a story from. The amount of civil unrest alone could promote great gameplay. Plus the fact that Desmond is an American also provides a great opportunity. Run behind enemy lines, working to take out that traitor Benedict Arnold, or receiving orders from George Washington himself. Pretty cool right?
Issues with Theory: Well, the only thing I can really think of is the fact that the American “ragtag” army having some sort of stealthy assassin like group is pretty slim. It doesn’t really fit with the time period even though the struggle could be a good backdrop for the story.
Chances of Happening: 20% – Not confident but could provide some good story moments.
What’s your take on it? What time periods would you like to see in Assassin’s Creed 3?