Assassin's Creed: Revelations creative lead Alexandre Amacio has strongly hinted that Desmond's narrative arc will come to an end next year. With Revelations set to finish off Ezio's trilogy, the Ubisoft Montreal man has suggested that there are multiple character arcs, and that Desmond's will be done next year.
'In Assassin's Creed we set up a timeline with this whole end of the world plot of December 2012,' Amacio said to Eurogamer. 'That's fast approaching, and the story we have to tell, we obviously need to do it before we arrive at that point. [...] It would be stupid of us to be centring a game on a semi-reality and then have that conclusion happen after that date in real life.'
Amacio also hinted that there would be many more stories to tell within the Assassin's Creed franchise.
'Assassin's Creed is all about cycles - we have the Ezio cycle and the Altair cycle, and both of those are set to conclude in Revelations and we have the Desmond cycle, which is set to end on December 2012,' Amacio continued. 'But there's many cycles within the brand - that's the whole point. History is our playground.'
He also mentioned that the yearly iterative releases that we've seen more recently would likely come to an end to allow for more development time. 'We're already structuring the way we do Assassin's Creed, so it will no longer ever be like that. Our development approach is changing so our cycles aren't structured the same way - so it gives us a little bit more development time.'