ASSASSIN’S CREED DISCUSSION
So many locations, so many timelines. So many opportunities to stick people with hidden blades
We’ve climbed the highest points and explored every secret in Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and after shaking the sand from our boots our eyes are looking to the future. We know there will be another Assassin’s Creed, but when and where will it be set? It’s anyone’s guess… specifically Team OXM’s. Stephen: I suspect the next title will stay in the same time period as
Origins, but maybe move to Rome. The story ended in a way that left Aya’s story open. Plus, I’d definitely like to see Rome before all of the famous monuments turned to ruins. Warren: The Colosseum and Emperor Nero’s gardens alone would make amazing set-pieces, bustling with NPCs. It’d be an amazing sight to see both in their heyday, in all their presacking extravagance.
Adam: Well I’m desperate for the next game to be set in Feudal Japan. Assassin’s fit perfectly with samurai and ninja, not to mention all the amazing sets of armor we’d be treated to. It’s what I’ve wanted since the series began. Besides, there was that in-game email in Black Flag hinting at it as a location, so it’s bound to happen eventually. Warren: Xbox owners missed out on Team Ninja’s excellent Nioh last year, so seeing AC make the move to the Far East would really spice things up. Setting the game in Japan’s Sengoku period would be awesome.
Daniella: If that’s the case, I would love to see it set during the fall of the Edo period when a bit of modernity started creeping in. It would work well alongside Syndicate’s timeline.
Stephen: It would also give us a chance to maybe see some of modern-day Japan when they’re outside of the animus. There could be some awesome scenes, either in the middle of the Japanese countryside, or right in the center of a huge, neon-soaked city. Daniella: I’d also really like to see an Assassin’s that feels a little closer to the originals in style. I’d love to go all Game Of Thrones and visit Dubrovnik— maybe have a little boat to take you out to some islands in the Adriatic. Stephen: That would be really cool. One thing I missed in Origins was the ability to run across rooftops and cross
large areas smoothly without touching the floor. Some slightly more modern settings could help with that.
Warren: If it’s rooftop free-running you’re after then how about a more modern setting. A city like Chicago back during the Al Capone era would make a suitably corrupt scenario. Stephen: I think there’s more they could do with India, Russia, and China—
locations featured in the Chronicles spin-offs. It’d be great to see those places recreated in full 3D. Russia could be awesome, and the colors in the India game were incredible. Adam: The two-year gap between
Syndicate and Origins seemed to work, and Origins was a better game for it. I really hope they stick to that cycle. I have too many games to get through in a year as it is.
Daniella: Definitely, it keeps things fresh, and it still feels like they’ve had loads of extras to cover that long gap with things like the Discovery tour. With that in mind though, I’d love to see them go back and remake one and two while including Discovery tour features. Adam: The Discovery tour should be a feature in every Assassin’s game from now on. For me, a lot of the appeal of these games is exploring the world and finding all about its history. Warren: I agree, a remake for the first wouldn’t go a miss. Although the story is still great, it’s the game that’s probably aged the worst. Stephen: True. Those missions got super repetitive. Didn’t the first game feature those eavesdropping missions? Those were the worst. Adam: Yup! Spy on this person, rough this one up, pickpocket another and assassinate the enemy. Please repeat in every location. Thanks. Daniella: The way you guys complain about it I don’t think either of you would be very good assassins. The first game taught you true patience to be one, it’s not all glamor and Eagle dives you know. Adam: If there’s no glamor and Eagle dives, I’m out. Daniella: I think you should be more patient—you should have to wait three years while everyone else waits two. That’ll teach you. Stephen: Hey, that’s not fair! I can be patient! Sometimes I don’t just run in and kill everyone there with my giant flaming sword…
“Chicago back during Al Capone would make a suitably corrupt scenario”
Left Origins’ quality has given new life to the series, possibly because of the extra development time.