We published an article recently regarding the potential release of an Assassin’s Creed title in 2020 featuring a Norse setting. After this, I got to thinking about the untouched potential of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and where it could possibly transition to in future. It’s a miserable truth, but the history of our world is heavily studded with conflict, crime and aggression. The days gone by are quite simply ripe with settings for Ubisoft to explore.
1. Wild, Wild West
I saw some concept art a few years ago of an imagined Assassin-Cowboy hybrid, and it was awesome. The success of Red Dead proves there’s a market for the Old West setting, but there’s no doubt that Ubisoft wouldn’t be able to achieve the level of quality present in Red Dead Redemption 2. In fact, there’s so many aspects in a potential Assassin’s Creed Western that would be borrowed from Red Dead that it would almost seem like a carbon copy.
However, let’s picture a hooded outlaw, riding throughout the plains, on the tail of oil or steel baron Templars. Let’s say he’s half-Mohawk and is a descendant of Connor Kenway (Assassin’s Creed 3). That makes sense, right? This would then give him a connection to nature and the mystical. Actually, that is Connor, right? Is this idea falling apart before it’s even built?
2. Modern Day
An Assassin’s Creed title set in the present day (or near future) would be brilliant, but it would admittedly be a restructured Watchdogs title. If Ubisoft were to add technology, vehicles, modern weaponry and vibrant cities to an Assassin’s Creed release, it would smack heavily of the 2014 open world hacking adventure.
Would this necessarily be a bad thing? I personally enjoyed both Watchdogs titles massively and am very much looking forward to Watchdogs Legion (2020). The Assassin’s Creed franchise has touched upon present day settings intermittently in recent years, with a recurring theme of a modern-day individual accessing their ancestor’s memories. In most titles, this leads to playable – albeit short – sections set in the present era.
3. World War 2
It’s obvious, right? This was going to be featured on this list, as it’s Grade A, cast-iron obviousness. In fact, it’s almost been done already! Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia was set among the October Revolution of 1918, in the closing period of World War 1. Further, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate had side ‘helix’ missions that permit the player to explore a section of World War 1 London as a descendant of Evie Frye – Lydia.
This is my vision: an Assassin smuggled into Berlin at the height of World War 2, with the ultimate mission to assassinate Adolf Hitler! It’s cliché, typical and generic, but it could work, right? There are multiple nationalities to choose from given the range of allies present, and the environment would be superb for an Assassin’s title; a huge, sprawling city, rife with enemy targets. I can just picture it now!
Those Who Came Before. The Isu. Gods.
Almost every Assassin’s Creed title has featured these ethereal beings in some way. The series from 1 – 3 (featuring Brotherhood and Revelations) was set almost solely on the base story that directly impacted and involved Those Who Came Before.
With that in mind, why has there been so little interaction with this era? It’s gaming gold! The first humans rising up against their oppressors, rebelling and stealing their omnipotent artefacts to do valiant battle with… It writes itself! This would be a fantastic exploration point, offering fans the opportunity to experience the foundations of the universe, the opening of the entire story from it’s furthest point of conception.
In terms of creative potential, Ubisoft could go crazy. They’d have a blank slate and the ability to populate it with whatever they wanted. Admittedly it would be the first in the franchise to not feature real places, people and events, but it could work really well, I think.
What do you think? Are there any more eras you think would play out really well as an Assassin’s Creed title? Let us know in the comments!