Where Is Assassin’s Creed Going Next?

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is out, the multiplayer is up, and the campaign is as LONG as ever. Some people love the whole package, while others are finding the slow campaign very tiring and the multiplayer too random. But one thing that most critics and fans agree on is this: AC: Brotherhood is not the big innovative third instalment of the franchise, it’s AC: 2.1.

With Ubisoft free of Brotherhood now, and confirmation that a big new instalment of AC is coming some time in 2011, excited speculation has come to life concerning AC: 3. Obviously we’re not going to just sit out of the discussion and let all those other folks corrupt your mind…corruption is OUR job dammit.

Ubisoft recently reiterated, that because of the nature of the Animus, the AC games could literally go almost anywhere. The most popular rumour at the moment is a setting of Victorian England, in the sweaty and grim midst of any number of significant historical events. The developers could cover the British hopping over to Egypt, the Crimean War, Jack the ripper (hopefully not), and maybe even feature cameos from Charles Darwin. There is no doubt that the Victorian period has plenty to offer the creative minds behind Assassin’s Creed, and that they could completely flip the series on its head for fans.

Those of you who saw the ‘leaked’ image from Ubi or bought a special edition of Brotherhood, will have had a chance to look at the mysterious artwork picture, of a robed and hooded Eastern man standing in front of a pyramid with the AC logo plastered behind him, and an eagle flying towards him. Ubisoft have admitted that it is to do with AC…it would be very hard for them to deny that, but they claim it has nothing to do with any game. In all fairness the image was later revealed to be part of “ubiworkshop”, which are basically a side company producing animated short movies and comic books based on the AC universe.

So the Egypt edged picture could be perfectly innocent, but if we take a look at some of the other settings in the workshop art, the next standout one is a futuristic one. It shows a gentleman geared up like a grey storm trooper with a katana…and that iconic hood-look. Just imagining what the implications could be, based on these pics is very exciting. It shows that people within Ubisoft are thinking of the AC franchise in new and creative ways, and the promise of such a dramatic change would be SO well received (as long as the core formula can remain in-tact or in some form of appropriate equivalent) .

The Egyptian setting would be cool/hot, I can already imagine scrambling and jumping across sand coloured cities, with a headscarf and a dry throat. Concealing blades in brown-yellow cloths and gazing into the impossible depths of a sandstorm. The atmosphere and colour tones would be the perfect breath of fresh air for the franchise, and it could give it some space between the other AC games (let’s be honest here: the Third Crusade and the Renaissance looked more similar than most would like, in the jump between AC:1 and 2).

Don’t take that the wrong way though, the transition from AC:1 to AC:2 was beautiful for so many other reasons, and Brotherhood isn’t officially a new AC game, so AC:3 kinda has to break out of the repetitive aesthetic now if the Assassin’s Creed series wants to remain a ‘respected innovator’.

Talks of a female protagonist have crept up in more than one magazine interview with the developers, and on each occasion the question has been politely brushed aside. I should mention that there are also sketches of an (admittedly scantily dressed) assassin-like-lady (the wrist blades give it away) in the ubiworkshop, so who knows? The brains behind AC must at least be aware of this stuff…

The sci-fi futuristic landscape could also potentially blow our minds if implemented into an AC template. Just picture a bustling and haunting utopia of glorious neon and elegant towering architecture. A Raiden-like figure (male or female) sliding down the face of a cold black window pane of a courtroom, floating in the sky surrounded by crackles of lightning and thousands of tiny cameras.. I’m getting carried away I know, but come one, how awesome would it be?

Share your thoughts on what I’ve mentioned and hypothesized/fantasised and I’ll keep you posted with any more clues as they emerge.

Wherever they choose to take it, I just hope they tighten up the controls a little bit, and make the mechanics feel cleaner. Oh and multiplayer? Has to stay.

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  1. Extermin8or2says:

    futuristic AC would be crap end of… its either present or past, if they set it in the future I wont buy it…I think that if you’ve finished AC:B then you’d understand it is a proper entry into the sequel and has a lot of modern day story, I also belive that either AC3 or AC4 should be modern day and should end it before i goes stale…

    1. Jon Ranasays:

      Agreed they should be careful with the IP’s life cycle, but i don’t think a futuristic setting would be that bad. It depends on how they do it (if).

  2. chasesays:

    I don’t think it’ll be in the future with the 2012 hints and all. A modern setting from Desmond’s perspective seems more likely, but I dont know….

  3. Frandosays:

    In one interview or dev diary (not sure) it was said, that one possibility is feudal Japan. It was stated that this was the fav of the interviewed designer, but not whether it was chosen.

  4. T-rlexsays:

    During french revolution !

  5. Hubably_dubablysays:

    before the series is over two things will happen….1 you have to get introduced guns as a combat staple and 2. you have to play as desmond

  6. Elduderenosays:

    Here’s what I think. Most people who have been speculating on what AC3 will be Like are forgetting a few things:

    1. The developers have said, and shown in the past, that they want to set their games in places and times that are uncommon in videogames today. Japan, World War Two and Modern day are all very overdone. As cool as Japanese ninjas would be in an assassin-based game, its been done.

    2. The game is based on stealth and agility, not firearms. WW2 and later makes it really hard to keep guns out of the game, even ac2 has the pistol, albeit in a fairly reduced role compared to the rest of the weaponry. This means that either the developers will have to ignore the fact that modern weaponry would render a hidden blade useless or set it in the past

    3. (segway!) The past, although it has been a continuing story based around the near future, the point and the appeal of these games was to explore and become immersed in a historical period, having a game 100% in the future would suck.

    4. Things have to end here, at least for the story arc of this trilogy, things need to come home.

    My solution then….

    COLONIAL AMERICA

    The previous games have already hinted at major American players who are involved in the goings on of the templars and assassins. Besides it is a well known part of the templar legend that they supposedly closed up shop as templars and hopped on over to the new world to start the Masonic order there.

    Before you say that this is too lame and boring, not exotic enough, check this: imagine your new man character, half native American (known for stealth in the woods right?) half European making stealth kills as he falls from forest trees. He could scale the walls of forts and outposts, as well as traverse wild spaces ad thriving new cities.

    There would be guns, but the muskets and rifles of colonial times are hardly the hindrance to an assassin that machine guns, grenades etc etc would be in modern times. The ol’ hidden blade would still do the trick here, add tomahawks, a Bow or dart gun, clubs and who knows what else and there’s a lot of fun to be had.

    As for the story, I know it needs to wrap up so try this on. Through the eyes of this colonial ancestor our modern day assassins search for the remaining vaults strewn across north America by retracing the colonial ancestors own journey, all the issues of Indian wars, colonial powers butting heads, (even racism as white towns grow suspicious of all Natives as a result of your( actions, who knows?) and much more could be in play, not to mention the fact that we could see the rise of the modern templars/masons/ abstergo in America even as we play to defeat it, in doing so we would be given tips on how to defeat it.

    Like in the first game, but more so, we would switch to desmond in order to infiltrate the vaults with the knowledge and possibly even physical changes made by the ancestor. Think of the puzzle potential of an ancestor moving something in the past so that desmond can solve puzzles in the future. Hey, lets not forget the bleeding effect and the fact that the assassins had to leave their base, maybe desmand can control his switch from past to present and we constantly switch between colonial and present time, maybe even making stops back in on Altair and Ezio?

    The possibilities are endless and I think I’ll Like whatevers AC3 turns out to be, I just really Like this idea. Japan would be cool too but here’s hoping, if ubisoft ppl are readings this, take heed!!

    1. Jon Ranasays:

      Whoa kudos for that post dude! A good portion of time probably went into that, im impressed with the idea aswell.

      I highly doubt it will take such a dramatic turn, but you’ve obviously thought it out as something Ubisoft could consider eventually.

      It’s set for sometime 2012 so there is probably oging to be info on it soon as they have to be working on it now..

  7. Kurt Oyrishsays:

    Guys, at the end of AC:B Shaun practically gives it away. The Masonic eye and the other symbol only ever met on a document during the french revalution. Be prepared to have napoleon have the role the borgia had to Ezio. Also we need to know what happens to Desmond, as the world is gonna blow up 72 days after brotherhood ends. This renderes future useless and a very bad idea.

  8. Kurt Oyrishsays:

    Guys, at the end of AC:B Shaun practically gives it away. The Masonic eye and the other symbol only ever met on a document during the french revalution. Be prepared to have napoleon have the role the borgia had to Ezio. Also we need to know what happens to Desmond, as the world is gonna blow up 72 days after brotherhood ends. This renderes future useless and a very bad idea.

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