One of the great things about the Assassin’s Creed franchise is Ubisoft’s willingness to explore settings and eras previously untouched in gaming. We’ve been to the Holy Land during the Crusades, fought the Templars in the streets of Rome and Venice during the Renaissance, visited the Ottoman Empire, fought alongside the Patriots during the Revolutionary War, and sailed the Caribbean as a pirate. With such a colorful and varied history, where could Ubisoft possibly go next with their hit stealth/action franchise? We have a few suggestions…
China – Circa early/mid-1200′s
Could you imagine playing in China during the time of the reign of Genghis Khan? The Mongol Empire stretched all the way to Eastern Europe and the Middle East under the rule of Genghis Khan and his grandsons. This opens a lot of new territory to explore, as well as some old favorites as we haven’t seen them before. The idea of playing as a Chinese assassin rediscovering Masyaf after Altair’s passing but long before Ezio’s time has the makings of an excellent nostalgia trip.
Beyond simple nostalgia, this was an era rich in history. The Mongol Empire managed to unite many areas, nations, and tribes together under one banner, with many of these ties lasting even today. Khan was known for being extremely tolerant of differing religions and greatly encouraging trade, meaning that any game set in this era has room for a very diverse, interesting cast. Mostly though, this is a time in history that has never been done justice. It would be interesting to see Ubisoft’s spin on this important era in human history.
Russia – Circa early 1900′s
Although Ubisoft has stated in the past that they are reluctant to approach the modern world, Russia around the time of the rise of Vladimir Lenin and his Communist regime has the potential to be very interesting. The Templar agenda has always been peace for mankind through subjugation and domination of the will. The Communist Party, as presented in our history books, pretty much fits the description. What if Lenin had used a piece of Eden to convince the Russian people to rise up against the Romanov family? With the way Ubisoft likes to twist history, Anastasia could have become an assassin instead of dying with her family, explaining the mystery around her body’s location and long speculation that she may have survived. Plus, there is the potential to throw Rasputin into the mix depending on how early we begin the timeline. There are a lot of cool things that the minds at Ubisoft Montreal could do with a man that just refused to die.
England – Circa mid-1500′s to early 1600′s
Assassin’s Creed always seems to revolve around an era of conflict, and a great one to look at that has never been covered is the undeclared war between England and Spain during the 1500′s. Despite not “officially” being a war, there were many notable battles, specifically when the English defeated the “invincible” Spanish armada in 1588. However, outside of the conflict, the mood of the era makes for an interesting set piece.
This is a time when expansion into the New World was really beginning to move forward and William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were rulers of the entertainment stage. Marlowe, one of the great playwrights of the age, would actually be a particularly interesting focal point. In 1593, a warrant was issued for his arrest because of a manuscript he wrote that was “blasphemous.” He would later be stabbed by someone under mysterious circumstances. Everyone questions the motive for Marlowe’s death, whether it dealt with the warrant or some other matter. If that doesn’t sound like something out of Assassin’s Creed, we don’t know what does. It isn’t like either Marlowe or Shakespeare would be the first major writer to play a role in the franchise. We’re looking at you, Machiavelli.