It has been announced that the next Assassin’s Creed game will have a new protagonist and a new time in history. This is great news for people who weren’t huge fans of Connor, which seems to be the majority, but I would argue that Connor suffers by necessarily being compared to Ezio. Regardless of how you feel about him, Connor is out, and we’ll be time travelling somewhen else.
The question on my mind is what era in time could be next? There are a great deal of interesting places and times to explore, so which one has Ubisoft chosen? I don’t have any inside information, but I know what places and eras I would like to see. So I put together a little list of the ones that I feel would be interesting to explore. Come on a trip with me through history – I know, I know, it’d be better with a DeLorean.
P.S. I really wanted to put Bolshevik-era Russia on the list, but I’ve been told that Assassin’s Creed: The Fall takes place in Russia. Consider it an honorary mention.
6. Roaring 20’s America
Art Deco. Jazz music. Prohibition. Flappers.
The end of World War I sparked a cultural boom in America, rivaling the sixties for infamy. Movies were starting to surpass other forms of entertainment, including color and sound for the first time. African-American artistic expression soared during the “Harlem Renaissance”, and women started redefining their role in society, having gained the right to vote in 1920.
Granted, there’s not much of a conflict to explore, but considering Prohibition led to the rise of gangsters, I think there could be plenty of need for an Assassin’s blade – working for or against the mob. Hell, our hero could be accidentally or purposefully responsible for the great stock market crash of 1929, ultimately causing the Great Depression that would haunt the world for the next decade. If it was in the name of stopping the Templars’ nefarious plans, so be it.
The reason this option is low on the list is twofold. First, it’s a personal choice, while others might be more interesting or appropriate for an Assassin’s Creed game, I just really like the idea. And second, the last game took place in America, so it’s unlikely we’ll stay there for the next game. Still, perhaps further down the road….
5. Ancient Egypt
Pyramids. The Library of Alexandria. The Sphinx. Marc Antony and Cleopatra.
This seems so obvious that I shouldn’t have to say anything, but this would be a really fun era to explore. You could fight Pharoahs’ armies, ally with Alexander the Great, free slaves under the control of the tyrannical vizier, the sky’s the limit. I just hope you’ve got a good tolerance for sand.
There’s plenty of conflict to explore throughout Egypt’s history, Egypt was essentially conquered over and over again, changing owners about as often as people change long-distance plans. And there would be plenty of interesting architecture, from pyramids to temples. About the only downside would be the archaic bronze weaponry, bows and arrows, spears and shields.
4. French Revolution
The Bastille. The Palace of Versailles. King Louis XVI. Baguettes.
This is a popular choice, and I can see why. The radical social and political upheaval seems tailor-made for Assassin-Templar intrigue. You could help Maximilien Robespierre and the Jacobins rise to power, have an affair with Marie Antoinette, or assassinate Napoleon Bonaparte’s political enemies.
Ah, Paris. About the only shame in the architecture is that the Eiffel Tower wouldn’t be erected for another hundred years. But there would be plenty of interesting buildings to explore. And again, an Assassin wouldn’t need to look far to find work. But this is on the lower half of the list for two reasons. First, I’m just not so sure I’m a fan of witnessing someone meet their end courtesy of a guillotine. And second, personally, I find the next three eras/places more interesting.