Ubisoft have discussed the story of the next 10-20 years of Assassin’s Creed titles. They hope to hope to include a greater focus on the series modern day time line than last year’s Assassins Creed Unity.
This is something I’d be against as while playing the AC titles I feel the modern scenes you play break up the sense of immersion that the titles offer.
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Future Assassin’s Creed games will include a greater focus on the series’ modern day timeline than last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity, Ubisoft has suggested.
Previous entries have included playable sections, puzzles and even whole areas to explore – which, happily, it sounds like Ubisoft hopes to return to in future instalments.
Speaking via Twitch during a Ubisoft community livestream, Assassin’s Creed lead writer Darby McDevitt explained that his favourite modern day section – Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni – may inspire present day sections found in future instalments.
“That only came about because [we] were able to reuse Monteriggioni from AC2,” he recalled. “So the future – and this is the plan – is to smartly reuse things so we can have a more robust modern day.”
McDevitt, who worked as lead writer for Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, AC4: Black Flag and short film Embers, as well as PSP and DS spin-offs Bloodlines and AC2: Discovery, revealed that Unity had originally featured more modern day moments.
“We always plan to have more modern day but we have to be really smart about how we do it. There was a plan for a little more modern day in Unity – a plan,” he stressed, “nothing that was actually cut.
“The thing with Unity was that it was a completely fresh game on a completely fresh generation. So creating any kind of modern day is a pretty huge ask. To create a city, for instance, or even part of a city, would require six months of work by many, many artists, designers, modellers. And then you’d need gameplay systems that didn’t feel like you were just fencing.”McDevitt also revealed that he had been working with other Ubisoft writers on the franchise’s future – including the history of the series’ mysterious forerunner race, the First Civilisation.
“I particularly love the lore. I’ve been working the past two years, with all the other writers, on getting a great document together on the First Civilisation.
“We’ve created 500, 600, 700 years worth of history that we hope to start teasing out for the next 10, 20 years or however long we’re around,” he continued.
“As I see it there were always two ways to go about this. You could always make [the First Civ] very mysterious – to never really go into what they were. But at a certain point in the games you got to the point where you knew they were real. So why not go the other direction and treat them as real history.
While not yet officially confirmed by Ubisoft, a leak has revealed that the next Assassin’s Creed game, code-named Victory, will be set in an Industrial Revolution-era London.
What say you? Are you pleased to know that this franchise could span another 2 decades? Would you be happy to see the series take a break? Do you want more modern day parts to the games?