Since the previous Assassin’s Creed Speculation article was pretty popular, I figured why not take another crack at figuring out the next steps in the franchise. I love history so I couldn’t resist doing something like this once again. Just so you know, I have no inside knowledge on the game or anything, just speculating.
With that said, I do expect Ubisoft to stay with Connor for at least one more game similar to what they did with Ezio. With all this time spent creating Connor and his world, I’d find it hard to see them only doing one game and moving on so don’t be surprised when ‘Assassin’s Creed (Side Story)’ is announced at this year’s E3. I’m guessing that we’re at least a couple of years off from the next full installment. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a brand new standalone title revealed for next-gen systems. Not only that, since Desmond’s story is now wrapped up, they may even decide to ditch the number scheme altogether since the core storyline has ended.
Please note, I’m going to try to steer clear of story spoilers from AC3, but to really get my point across I may need to reference certain events so reader beware if you’re still playing. With that said to History!
Idea 1: Russia/Russian Revolution
As you’ll see with one of my other ideas, this time period is a very interesting setting to place an Assassin’s Creed game. Outside of the comic series based around this historical event, what better time than one featuring a revolution? It’s a perfect backdrop to set the stage for the Assassin/Templar conflict. With AC3 tackling snow and how well they handled it, why not take that technology to Russia and take up arms? You have all the key items on an Assassin’s Creed checklist including interesting characters (Rasputin, Lenin, Nicholas II), unique location, and a powerful historical time period.
Issues with Theory: Here’s the tricky part. With Assassin’s Creed 3, we did get to experience the end of the Daniel Cross storyline and not only that, this era was already covered by the comic series. While there’s still plenty of content that could be covered, I just can’t see Ubisoft going back to a topic that has been used already.
Idea 2: French Revolution
I’ll never stop hoping for this time period to be featured as I find this time period to be extremely fascinating. Not only that, what better time for the Assassin/Templar fued to flare up. Civil strive seems to be a perfect backdrop as we saw in Assassin’s Creed 3. Not only that, this is basically Ubisoft’s back yard making this a walk in the park for them right? I’d have to imagine since the HQ is located in France, that this would make things very easy to research and gather information, more so than usual.
Think of the story lines they could tap into! Perhaps the Templars could be secretly igniting the unrest against King Louis XVI in order to instill their values through the Jacobins and their leader, Maximilien Robespierre. To maintain order, the Reign of Terror period kicks off with the guillotine to quell and subdue counterrevolutionaries. There’s really a lot they could do with this storyline and I for one would love to roam around 18th/19th century France.
Issues with Theory: The only thing I can really think of is that Ubisoft believes this is too easy and want to push themselves to do something different and unique. They already did touch on Europe with Ezio’s story so perhaps they’d like to explore different regions of the globe. In terms of the time period, it doesn’t advance time that far beyond Assassin’s Creed III, so it’s possible that Ubisoft will want to do something not so close in time to one another.
Idea 3: World War I/II
If the fact that each game advances the time period is any indication, we really may start heading towards this direction. The easy route here would be to link the Nazis/Germans to the Templars in some way and then the Allies could be the Assassins. The other possible route would be to have the Assassin’s and Templars be third parties with varying interests in the conflict similar to how Assassin’s Creed III presented both sides. With most World War related games taking the form of a shooter, think of how unique a third person action/adventure game would be in this setting. There’s a lot of potential here for something unique and interesting. You could also look at non-obvious storylines during this time period as well to mix it up such as Lawrence of Arabia, the African Campaigns, and even the activities surrounding the Zimmermann Telegram. Lot of interesting storylines here.
Issues with Theory: I still have reservations for this series to jump into the more modern area with tanks and airplanes. AC3 showed me that guns can be handled well, but with the modern settings we now have more automatic weapons and advanced tehcnology. I just can’t see the series diving into that setting. I believe the series is at it’s finest when it’s in the pre-modern time periods. Still, it would be an interesting challenge to overcome. Not only that, I wonder if developers/publishers are wary about jumping back into the World War II era due to games beating the subject to death earlier this generation.
Idea 4: Ancient Rome
Ezio’s series of games introduced us to the very early assassins with references to Brutus and also a character known as Aquilus. Obviously, those two alone could make for an interesting game. With the amount of time that the Roman Empire was in power and a global force, I’m not even sure where to start. As you’ll see with my 5th idea, Ancient Rome holds a ton of potential for storylines with the rich historical events and interesting characters. Just off the top of my head they could touch upon the Punic Wars with Carthage, the barbarian hordes and the Fall of the Western Empire, Julius Caesar and his campaigns to expand the empire, and you could also factor in the slew of interesting characters from Nero to Augustus to Caligula.
Issues with Theory: The big issue I can think of is the simple fact that we’ve already been to Rome/Italy in this series. Now granted, it was in a different time period completely, but just the fact that the content is familiar makes me think that Ubisoft would be hesitant about revisiting this area of the world.
Idea 5: Japan/China
Out of all potential locations, fans seem to be clamoring for this one the loudest. Not only that, between these two historically rich countries, there’s just so much content to draw upon. The obvious choice here would be ninjas. Mythical warriors who use stealth to quickly kill their targets. Almost synonymous with Assassins, no? We also can’t forget the other legendary soldier type: Samurai. If you don’t make these guys the Templar faction, I think it’d be pretty interesting to align them with the assassins. There’s so much historical content to draw from but some highlights would be the Mongol invasion, integrating a Marco Polo storyline in there perhaps showing the link between Altair’s Codex and the Auditore family (as we know he has a small historical role in Assassin’s Creed II), The Meiji Restoration and the fall of the Samurai, and also Oda Nobunaga and the Tokugawa shogunate would be exciting entries for a future game. Again, between these two countries, there’s a ton of content to sift through.
Issues with theory: There’s not much I can see getting in the way here. With Desmond no longer around, Ubisoft really could take the franchise in any direction it wants which now opens the door for this location. Not only that, it seems Ubisoft like to tease us with this location as we can’t forget Shao Jun and her plight from Assassin’s Creed Embers. I’ve heard that Ubisoft doesn’t want to go this route because it’s not unique enough. I have no idea if this is true or not, but I would disagree with that statement. Unique is what you make of it.
Idea 6: Brazil
After the release of Assassin’s Creed 3, a rumor started circulating that the next Assassin’s Creed game would be focused in Brazil. Set in motion from an interview with Ubisoft Brazil managing director Bertrand Chaverot, he mentioned that the game will take place at least partially in Brazil. Just doing a quick historical brush up on the country, perhaps you could center the game around the arrival of Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvarez Cabral in the 16th century and the colonization of the country. On a different note, maybe you focus the game in the early 1800s during the wars between France and Portugal/Brazil.
Issues with Theory: No offense to Brazil, you have a lovely country, but I have a hard time seeing a major game in this franchise centering in Brazil. Perhaps the modern-day storyline could be set there, but I can’t see a historical angle that would make complete sense for the game.
So there it is, those are my ideas on the table. But enough about me, what time periods would you like to see in Assassin’s Creed 4?