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WRITTEN BY: Caitlin Johnson
Welcome to MojoPlays! Today, we're looking at all the settings we want future “Assassin's Creed” games to go to; if everything is permitted, why not some of these awesome locations? For this list, we're including settings that have already been seen in smaller releases like “Assassin's Creed Chronicles” because we'd love to see them in a huge, mainline entry, too.
Script written by Caitlin Johson
10 Places/Eras Assassin’s Creed Should Visit Next
Welcome to MojoPlays! Today, we’re looking at all the settings we want future “Assassin’s Creed” games to go to; if everything is permitted, why not some of these awesome locations?
For this list, we’re including settings that have already been seen in smaller releases like “Assassin’s Creed Chronicles” because we’d love to see them in a huge, mainline entry, too.
Particularly in older entries, “Assassin’s Creed” was never shy about tackling Christianity – you spent the better part of two games trying to assassinate the Pope, after all. That’s why it wouldn’t be entirely surprising to see Ubisoft take the franchise back to Judea in the 1st century AD, when Jesus was still alive. Already, we’ve heard about Jesus in some lore, specifically that the miracles he performed were due to lost pieces of Isu technology, so it would be interesting to see those things happen in person. It’s not likely you’d get to play as the man himself, but one of his disciples could make for a good protagonist; as well as that, people have been clamoring for another visit to both the Holy Land and Roman Empire.
The First Civilization
The Isu are the driving force behind the entire franchise, but they’re still pretty elusive and mysterious. The reason why is obviously so that Ubisoft doesn’t have to worry too much about plot holes, and can continually invent new Isu lore and technology as a game needs it. But wouldn’t it be cool to actually see the First Civilization and the Isu first-hand in their heyday? Back in “Assassin’s Creed II”, we already glimpsed it when we saw Adam and Eve escape and start the war against the Isu, which the humans ultimately won, but playing through this would be a breath of fresh air for the series. Ubisoft would just have to get its facts straight about the Isu, otherwise, it would be a narrative minefield.
Warring States China
Sixteenth-century China was the subject of the first “AC Chronicles” game, where Chinese Assassin Shao Jun works to avenge the death of the Chinese Brotherhood. This means that before the game takes place, China was home to a powerful branch of the Assassins, and that would be great to see in more detail. The Warring States period was a complex part of Chinese history that happened over two thousand years ago, but you’d be able to see the establishment of the Qin Dynasty and see the finishing touches put on the famous Great Wall of China in this setting. Who wouldn’t want to platform across a monument like that?
Second World War
“Unity” had a few choice moments where Arno witnessed other parts of French history after jumping into a Helix Rift, specifically Belle Epoque France at the turn of the twentieth century, Medieval France, and Paris under occupation from German soldiers. Another visit to the Second World War, this time in a full game, would be incredible, especially since we’ve hardly seen anything from this century. Taking after earlier games in the series, a game set across multiple, large cities rather than an entire country would work best; we could return to occupied France, while also performing covert spying missions and sabotage in other territories occupied by the Third Reich – you could potentially even infiltrate the Führerbunker to assassinate Hitler himself.
Civil War America
Though the American Civil War is only a few decades after the American Revolution, itself the subject of a huge “AC” game, it would offer up completely new settings in the Deep South to explore. It’s easy to imagine the Assassins getting involved with the Underground Railroad; after all, they’re all about free will and self-determination, so they wouldn’t be able to stand by and let slavery continue. While running into important politicians and generals, like Lincoln himself to Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, would absolutely happen, so too could this smaller story about freeing and aiding escaped slaves. And it would answer another big question: was John Wilkes Booth actually a Templar?
20th Century India
For centuries, India was occupied and controlled by the British, first through the East India Trading Company and then ultimately through the British Raj and the British government itself. It wasn’t until the late nineteenth and early twentieth century that a large resistance movement saw success in ousting the British from India, led largely by Mahatma Gandhi. “AC Chronicles” had a game set in India in the 1840s, but it would be great to see the progression of the Indian Assassins from the Victorian era through to India’s independence in 1947. As well as that, India is a stunningly beautiful country that we’d love to see in a game of this scale.
The Russian Revolution
“Assassin’s Creed Chronicles” already took us on a short sojourn to the Russian Revolution, but it would be a great setting for a full release, giving the player large areas of western Russia to explore. Much like Arno in the French Revolution, our main Assassin would be a relatively minor player in the revolution itself, working behind the scenes and potentially getting involved with a few key moments. But a long game could show us the turmoil before and during the First World War, leading to the October Revolution itself, going as far into the future as the death of Lenin in 1924. We’ve already seen multiple revolutions in the franchise, so the Russian Revolution given the full attention it deserves wouldn’t be out of place.
A full game set in Central and South America would be a great move for the franchise, especially during the 15th and 16th centuries. Another game led by an indigenous Assassin, much like “AC3”, would definitely be interesting; it would also give us a chance to see many of South America’s great civilizations like the Inca, the Aztecs, and the Maya, while their vast cities were still inhabited. The villains, of course, would be Christopher Columbus and the invading Conquistadors, who would certainly be part of the Templar Order. Resistance movements against invaders have long been a standard in the franchise, whether that’s battling in the Crusades, kicking the British out of the Caribbean, or even killing Caesar, so this setting is perfect.
The Old West
Big, open-world westerns are few and far between, and it’s been long enough since “Red Dead 2” that Ubisoft wouldn’t be directly competing with it if they opted to make a western of their own. Set in the late nineteenth century, the lawless frontier would be an ideal place for the Assassins to set up a group – perhaps even a gang of Assassin outlaws hunting for a Piece of Eden much like a prospector digging for gold. And of course, the Templars would represent the lawmakers on the east coast sweeping into the frontier to make order from the chaos and steal a piece of Eden for themselves. The only downside is there’d be very little to climb on.
Just like the Wild West, “Assassin’s Creed” will have stiff competition if it ever heads to feudal Japan after “Ghost of Tsushima” released in 2020. But that doesn’t mean Ubisoft shouldn’t try it. Feudal Japan is still a great option for “Assassin’s Creed”, particularly if it follows the trends of recent entries and gives players the entirety of Japan to explore. Assassins are already deadly, highly trained platforming specialists, so the Brotherhood would fit right in. The only question is precisely which period we’d be in; would it be the early, glory days of the samurai in the thirteenth century, or the hostile and violent Sengoku period of the sixteenth? To avoid too many comparisons with “Tsushima”, they probably ought to head to the latter.