Ubisoft recently announced a new Assassin’s Creed game, slated for release in the next fiscal year (April 2013-March 2014). However, they haven’t announced who the new hero is, or what time period it will take place in. Without such an announcement, fans are left speculating about where and when the next AC game will take place. Here are a few eras I’d really like to see featured in the next Assassin’s Creed.
Art credit goes to the fabulously talented Mitch Rozetar of Random Assault fame.
I’m including this era more for the fun factor than for any story or gameplay reasons. The rocky terrain and the unique architecture of the Wild West would provide plenty of interesting parkour potential, while the story could focus around the hero trying to circumvent and take down the corrupt (Templar) sheriff of a gold-rich countryside, denying the Templars much-needed money and securing it for public (and Assassin) use.
World War II Paris, Berlin, or China
World War II is the largest conflict in human history, a time when evil people committed evil deeds on BOTH sides (look up the behavior of Red Army soldiers in Berlin if you don’t believe me). The Templars and Assassins would surely be at each others throats. Some potential locales include an Assassin mission in Berlin to eliminate the Nazi leadership, or a young Assassin learning his trade in occupied Paris, or an Assassin resistance fighter against the Japanese in occupied China or Thailand.
This time period also gives us an interesting twist on gameplay. Since many of your enemies will be armed with either bolt-action rifles or submachine guns, as well as tanks and planes, a WWII Assassin’s Creed would emphasize stealth and markmanship over ACIII‘s bruiser gameplay or ACII‘s parkour (although that would also be very much present).
Industrial Revolution England
This era would be incredibly interesting, as you explore a world that is just beginning to understand and adapt to the rise of machinery. You could meet (and get power-ups from) the brains behind the Industrial Revolution such as James Watt, as well as meeting some of the famous writers of the Enlightenment, such as Adam Smith, John Locke, and Voltaire. The crowded streets of London would serve as a perfect base of operations, and the dangerous factories would provide great levels to test your climbing prowess.
Reformation Germany (Early 1500s)
Germany during the Protestant Reformation was a hotbed of political and religious disunity (there wasn’t even a Germany as we know it today; instead the territory was divided into hundreds of princedoms loosely ruled over by the Holy Roman Emperor). You could meet Martin Luther and help spread his message, protect a Protestant cell against Catholic persecution or vice versa, and take part in the complex politics of the German States area being torn apart by religious feuds and ambitious princes looking to take advantage of the strife.
The beautiful architecture and treacherous politics of 17th century Japan would make an excellent backdrop for an Assassin’s Creed game. Battle against the corrupt Shogun and his court of evil advisors as you fight to bring freedom to the people of Japan. The ability to use traditional Japanese weapons would please nerds all over. Also, real world ninja had weapons, tactics, and morals resembling the Assassin Order very closely, making it quite easy to slot an Assassin vs. Templar storyline into the existing Japanese history.
17th Century Caribbean Sea
Another era that has the potential to be incredibly fun is the politically fractious Caribbean Sea of the 1600s. With so many empires claiming territory among the Caribbean islands, it would be easy to tell a story around the fragile balance of powers, while being plagued by pirates and privateers. We could play as an Assassin captain who has to fight against the evil (insert nationality here) Navy/privateers for the freedom of the open seas, or as a pirate. With some refinements on ACIII’s sailing, as well a variety of interesting port towns for classic parkour, I could see a game in this era being very interesting.
Three Kingdoms China
China, after the fall of the Han Dynasty in the 200s, was a mess of warring states, which eventually coalesced into three kingdoms, each of which considered the others its rivals. The complex international relationships are the big draw of this time period. The main character would be instrumental player in the victory of the Jin Dynasty, uniting the Chinese states. The emperor could then become a tyrant, leaving the way open for a sequel as you correct your mistake.
Early 20th Century Ireland
Ireland in the early 20th century was wracked by religious conflict, as the Irish Catholics fought with British Protestants for independence from the British Empire. The backdrop of a brutal religious and civil war supplies a great deal of drama, perhaps involving a family split along religious lines, a corrupted Templar British governor as the final boss, as an oppressed colony fights for freedom. Additionally, the Irish civil wars (also known as The Troubles) are a criminally unknown conflict, and the Assassin’s Creed series provides a great opportunity to explore this fascinating period.
By setting the next Assassin’s Creed in the future, Ubisoft would leave all options open to themselves. An Assassin’s Creed set in a future sprawling metropolis would show some real potential. Using the crowds to cover your approach to villainous politicians and businessmen, then scramble away through the sewers or into the labyrinthine streets of the lower cities in a techy, cyberpunk world, as one of the descendents of Desmond. This descendent would have access to fun and awesome future technology, like wall-climbing gloves, computer manipulation gadgets, extremely portable breaking and entering tools, and the latest in high-tech weapons and armor.
Where (and when) would YOU like to see the next Assassin’s Creed game take place? Let us know what eras you’d like to play in the comments!