5 Potential Assassin's Creed Sequel Locations - Article

By Joe Hill, September 23, 2012
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Ezio in AC2
 
Being British, the knowledge that the upcoming Assassins Creed 3 game was being set around the events of the American Revelation didn't sit particularly well with me the first time I heard about it.

When trailers surfaced of our hero rubbing shoulders with General Washington, my enthusiasm dwindled even further. Don't get me wrong, it's an interesting time period, but there is a danger of Ubisoft being overly sympathetic to one side - especially when you consider the amount of Britain bashing there has been in the past and present.

The plot, we're assured, will involve Templar slaying on both sides, and far from me to question the rights of the American people in seeking self-determination, but the images of Connor exclusively cutting down British soldiers has made me a little uneasy about the true nature of the plot.

The other two Assassins Creed games have also explored fascinating time periods, from 12th Century Crusades to 15th and 16th Century Renaissance Italy, Ubisoft sure knows how to pick a landscape. But what next for a series known for its fantastic environments? Taking into account that all of these time periods have been especially turbulent, the next hypothetical location probably needs to share that same theme. After all, peace time is boring if you can respawn. So where to next, potentially, for the Assassin's Creed franchise?

The Russian Civil War- Already mentioned in Assassin's Creed 2's glyph section as being infested with Templars, it also happens to be the setting for one of the most important events of the 20th Century, and it would certainly introduce a fresh new environment to the series.

The Second World War- Perhaps an obvious pick, but the biggest war in human history certainly wouldn't lack for possible locations, stretching as it did from the far East, to Europe, Africa, and America; the options are wide and wonderful.

Feudal Japan- In an era of wealthy families ruling regional areas, bickering and occasional warring, the prospect of covert Templar Vs Assassin conflicts could certainly work, and it's certainly a setting that would appeal to many a modern gamer.

The Persian Empire- No, not the totally 100% accurate 300-style rendition, but rather under Cyrus the Great, where modern day Iran expanded all over central Asia to become one of the biggest empires in history. Again, Assassins Creed has already revealed an Assassin/Templar undercurrent to the rise of the Persian Empire during its glyph sections, so this perhaps wouldn't be a surprise.

Napoleon's France- Not just because of the European superpowers all slugging it out at the same time, but also because France in the Napoleonic era saw massive social upheaval with the progressive Civil Code Act of Merit based advancement being introduced. Can you imagine those dastardly Templars pulling the strings from behind the scene once again? Surely this time period is ripe for the picking.

There are other theaters that could be explored: the American frontier, the Mongol Empire, any of the Egyptian or Chinese dynasties, the list goes on. Human history is anything but boring.
 
Altair in Revelations

In all honesty, I expect Assassin's Creed 4 will probably revolve around Desmond in a very near future environment. Although this is probably necessary to progress/conclude the Assassins Creed story, I can't help but feel some of the magic will be lost the closer to the present the franchise gets - the wonder of playing as Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad during the Crusade is not something that can be replicated by a Desmond game set in the 21st Century. The sadness of revisiting the final moments of Altair's life, the similar feeling when experiencing the progressing age of Ezio - it all contributes to the Assassin's Creed experience, the Animus being integral to the overall feel of 'stepping back in time'.

As for Assassin's Creed 3, if it is anywhere near as good as its chronological predecessor, then we're in for something special. Slap on your hidden blades again folks! We're heading back into the Animus.

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