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Assassin's Creed 3 | What Era Is Next?

Felix Kemp
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Assassin's Creed 3 | What Era Is Next?

With Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood releasing to rave reviews - our esteemed editor awarded it a 10 just last year for building upon the brilliance of ACII - I think it's safe to assume Ubisoft is hard at work on a third entry in the epoch-hopping franchise. And before we're all privy to concrete details, it's fun to speculate and wonder on just what shape Assassins Creed 3 might take. Whose memories will Desmond plunge into next? And, more specifically, what era will we be free-running and slaughtering in?

Let the speculation begin!

London, 19th Century

Assassin's Creed 3 | What Era Is Next?

Victorian-era London is a setting I've hoped for since AC2 released and our attention subsequently turned to a sequel. Imagine leaping from thatch roof to thatch roof above gas lamp-lit cobblestones, diving into the Thames to escape guards and infiltrating Buckingham Palace to plunder the crown jewels. It would be enough just to hear the cockney villager soundbites and Oliver Twist-style vagabonds pinching wallets and robbing wealthy gentleman down shady back-alleys.

Not to mention you'd have some competition in the murdering stakes. Jack the Ripper rose to fame in the late 19th century, his high-profile murders the stuff of London legend. A side-story where you piece together evidence from the Ripper's crimes and eventually take down the monster himself could be a fantastic piece of alternate-history included in AC3.

But so far, we have nothing to pin our hopes to on the Victorian London front. Assassins Creed 3 hasn't been announced yet, let alone a setting revealed, and rumours persist of a return to Ezio's adventures in Renaissance Italy. However, that might not be entirely true...

Russia, 1908

Assassin's Creed 3 | What Era Is Next?

Hopping forward hundreds of years, the comic Assassins Creed: The Fall is an entirely separate story in the greater plot, focusing on a new present day character, Daniel Cross, whose consciousness regularly bleeds over into that of his genetic descendant, one Nikolai Orelov, a Russian assassin once again tasked with the job of halting nefarious Templar schemes.

Could The Fall be a set-up for Assassins Creed 3? It's not unlikely. 20th century Russia would be a compelling setting, and the move closer to the modern day would present the designers with some interesting opportunities. However, the sudden departure from Desmond Miles' story would be jarring to say the least, as like him or not, he's an integral part of the story we've been exploring over the past three AC games.

However, with an assassin being present in Russia, it's safe to assume a brotherhood exists there. Could Desmond have another descendant among their ranks? While Orelov might not be the new protagonist, he could become a secondary character; a friend or mentor who, if compelling enough, you can read up on in The Fall.

World War 2

Assassin's Creed 3 | What Era Is Next?

Just imagine, against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied France, clambering up the Eiffel Tower to assassinate Hitler, enjoying a drink on the decks above? Or maybe sneaking past an Allies and Axis firefight in the midst of a war-zone? World War 2 is chock-full of compelling moments to recreate, and while it could require talented and tasteful design, it could provide a fantastic change of pace for the series.

Again, though, it's difficult to see how the writers could wrangle an AC yarn during one of our bloodiest conflicts. The Crusades and Renaissance Italy had the luxury of being hundreds of years old and thus ripe for retrofitting, whereas WW2 is still a relevant, topical issue, especially with the world in such a state of unbalance as it is.

However, if I am to don my geek cap and begin speculating, what if the Templars saw a world conflict as the perfect opportunity to enact their must devious of plans, and the last remaining assassins had to content not only with the might of Hitler and his armies, but the threat of oblivion, too. Not a bad pitch, if I do say so myself. Again, AC's time-hopping tendencies lend well to alternate-history retelling, of which WW2 is a promising venture.

The Future?

Assassin's Creed 3 | What Era Is Next?

Is it time for Desmond to assume the mantel of master assassin? He was a robotic, plodding character in the first and second game, but came alive in the Brotherhood expansion, finally able to free run and climb at will. We've yet to see a 'futuristic' assassin, although with the brotherhood still active and protecting Desmond from the Templar threat, it's not hard to imagine a few members are still running around, stabbing folks in the cervical spine.

So what could the future bring? Energy blades? Holograms? Invisibility cloaks? A future setting provides the team with a chance to truly redefine the experience, and with Brotherhood distilling AC to a perfect core, Ubisoft now have the chance to knock this out of the park.

What era would you like to see the third Assassins Creed game visit? Is Ezio's adventure over, or do you demand more of the Italian rogue's story? As always, sign off in the comments section below!

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Jonathan Lester  Feb. 12, 2011 at 13:32

Maybe it's just me, but my deepest, darkest desire is that Third Echelon and/or Rainbow Team encounter present-day Assassins in their next title.

Okay, actually seeing it in print demonstrates that this is the fevered ramblings of a madman.

As far as eras are concerned, I'd be surprised if future Desmond doesn't take the reins- but here's hoping that he'll need to learn about a new important McGuffin through the animus again. The Fall might also be an excellent basis for a side project or fully-fledged sequel.

Denis Petrovski  Feb. 12, 2011 at 15:05

Personaly I think it will around the 17th or 18th century colonial era. Plus didn't ubi soft say ( correct me if I am wrong ) that the game will span over seven series or something to that afect. Anyway that's my thought on the whole thig, I guess we might have to wait until E3, maybe some info then.

David Brown  Feb. 12, 2011 at 15:13

As long as they don't go on about how the Bolsheviks are destined for power in any Russian one, because it wouldn't be true in 1908. It wouldn't even be true in 1915 or 16, let alone 1908.

ghassan  Feb. 12, 2011 at 15:20

what about the cold war era that would be exciting

Pankaj  Feb. 12, 2011 at 15:21

It might be possible thet will return to altairs story line

Todd  Feb. 12, 2011 at 16:11

I think it'll be the mayan civilization. At the end of the second game Minerva said they left clues to our past and images of pyramids were shown. Mayans were obsessed with astronomy, Minerva is no doubt an alien. Desmond's storyline takes place in 2012. who predicted the end of the world to be in 2012? Mayans

MGV  Feb. 12, 2011 at 16:31

Did I miss something? I thought AC:Brotherhood was part 3. Haven't played it yet but I do own 3 games..

Jack  Feb. 12, 2011 at 17:17

It's 18th century France. Not only were freemasons part of the French Revolution, but it's even hinted at in the game. When Shaun mentions that, correct me if I'm wrong, the only place where the "Phygian Cap and Eye go hand in hand is..." Which happpens to be the French Revolution.

FUTUREKUBIK  Feb. 12, 2011 at 17:29

How about 3 new cities each with a few smaller towns in the outlying countryside like AC2, but with each city being a different ancestor in a different time period?

You could start the game in Victorian England, followed by a later ancestor in 2nd city in Russia 1908 then wrap up proceedings by finally having a whole city set in 2012 as Desmond!

Also, I too love the period setting of World War 2, but I feel has been done to death in games over the last few decades and there's a few quotes out there from the AC team that agree with that sentiment.

Maybe 17th century Jamaica? Adding a bit of a pirate feel to it, complete with ship voyages and treasure hunting on remote tropical island?

Or China during the Boxer rebellion? - Actually it seems that Desmonds ancestors are creeping west (explaining the fact Desmond is eventually and inevitably American) so how about a Gangs of New York-style 18th/19th century Manhattan?

Felix Kemp  Feb. 12, 2011 at 21:38


ODB  Feb. 13, 2011 at 01:09

London would be call....and perhaps Paris at the same time, maybe even move onto the US

Couldn't help but think of spring heeled jack with Felix's suggestion

liam  Feb. 21, 2011 at 22:02

i think the future would be cool with different kinds of gadgets and lasers and stuff like that but somehow dont think it will fit in with the desmond story but also london 19th century could be cool

Spjungen  Apr. 12, 2011 at 11:38

I've been pondering this all day and I really think it's a good idea.

French Revolution would be jumping the gun. It's bound to show up later on, but hopefully not the next one because they would be missing out on the 17th Century. It's totally original, no serious action game has ever used that setting as its premise, at least none that I can think of. England during the Civil War, France during the grand siecle, King Louis XIV, the scientific revolution, so much history, culture, kings and monarchs that could be retrofitted with conspiracies, plots, etc etc. This coincides with the baroque period, STUNNING architecture to leap and climb about, and if they feel like experimenting, this era just happens to coincide with colonialism and the golden age of piracy. Need I say more?
Not to mention the elaborate fashion of the time; big fuzzy feathered hats and collars, robes, etc etc. You could have fancy monarchical courts where you're tasked with attending and eavesdropping on nobles in order to uncover something, etc etc etc, a little more depth rather than just go kill that guy he's bad; you would actually be participating in the gathering of information phase rather than just setting out for the kill with no clue why. All of it would create a very classy and elegant vibe which would no doubt help facilitate an even cooler-looking main assassin character to match the times.
Add in the scientific revolution and significant progress in technology to account for some interesting new toys and gadgets such as a grappling hook perhaps, which would be invaluable for obvious reasons. The crossbow and the twin hidden blades would stay of course, perhaps with two underhand-mounted handguns this time. Combine this with the fact that the era was the heyday of swashbucklers and swordfights, so the close combat would only definitely not be out of place or out of style. Fencing was ubitquitous, and I think it's a hidden jewel; you could have bossfights which instead of being a long boring sequence of incoherent dodges and counters could be elaborate fencing duels that grow more and more fast-paced and aggressive as the bosses get more difficult and are actually fun and interesting to watch, and it'd be unique to bosses and/or big baddies that you can't just assassinate with the hidden blade. It would add so much depth and character to the game while at the same time being fun, entertaining, and totally original. I mean how many games feature that form of combat? It's like a hidden jewel that few if any have looked at.

Anyway that's my two cents on what I think the next assassin's creed ought to be. Of course there would still be room for a sequel/prequel with the French Revolution as its premise, but I think it would be a big mistake to ignore this elaborate and crucial period of early modern history which could fit perfectly into the series.

Matt Gardner  Apr. 12, 2011 at 12:19

I'd happily play the hell out of that!

ODB  Apr. 12, 2011 at 13:09

Seriously congratulations...no one has ever made me want to play a game more than you

Going to go home tonight and start playing Assasins Creed again!

twinkyking4ever  Jan. 12, 2012 at 03:09

I think it'll be the mayan civilization. At the end of the second game Minerva said they left clues to our past and images of pyramids were shown. Mayans were obsessed with astronomy, Minerva is no doubt an alien. Desmond's storyline takes place in 2012. who predicted the end of the world to be in 2012? Mayans


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