With Ubisoft confirming that we won’t see another Assassin’s Creed game in 2019 we have plenty of time for speculations about what might come next and what we would like to see.
Very few game series has been as successful and consistent with bringing historical eras and locations back to life for the player to explore. Making it, a must play series for any history enthusiasts.
We have been to ancient Egypt and Greece, the American revolution, Italy during the Renaissance and many more but there are still so many exciting periods in history that we are yet to see.
So today we are taking a look at the most interesting and most suitable locations and eras of history that we want to see in an upcoming Assassin’s Creed game.
1. Spartacus & the Third Servile War
Assassin’s Creed: Uprising
Roman Empire, 71-73 BC
The story of Spartacus and the Third Servile War is perhaps the most famous depiction of the struggle between the poor and the powerful, and that is precisely what Assassin’s Creed is all about. The fight between Templars and Assassin’s, the war between oppressors and liberators.
Spartacus went from a lowly slave to the military leader of a rebellion consisting of tens of thousands of slaves and became a legitimate threat to the entire Roman Empire.
It is not only the perfect thematic fit for Assassin’s Creed but also one of the most famous and beloved stories of the ancient era. Furthermore, it also includes a ton of noteworthy historical figures, including Julius Caesar.
2. Medieval England, Robin Hood
Assassin’s Creed: Outlaws
England circa 1200-1300 CE
Historians still debate whether the legends of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men is pure fiction or based on true stories. However, the mythos of Robin Hood is the very symbol of standing up against oppression and fighting for the less fortunate, making him the perfect main character for an upcoming Assassin’s Creed game.
The man is even famous for wearing a hood; he would fit right in with the Assassins Order.
Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men is the perfect protagonists for an Assassins Creed game, and Medieval England is the ideal time and place to fit with the modern, more role-playing game oriented Assassins Creed games.
3. Three Kingdoms, China
Assassin’s Creed: Dynasty
China 220–280 CE
Assassins Creed is undoubtedly due to go to Asia soon, and it is honestly a bit crazy that they have yet to create a game in the main series that takes place there.
The Three Kingdoms is one of the most turbulent and historically fascinating periods of China, where the three states of Wu, Shu, and Wei were fighting over the dominion of the region. The story of the Three Kingdoms is a tale of blood, conquest, rebellion, and unity and I can think of no other more significant and interesting time in Chinese history to focus on.
Asia is also famous for prowess in martial arts which could make for a really interesting protagonist and though ninjas weren’t a thing for another millennium, it could take the series back to a more stealthy, assassin focused approach.
4. Vikings Age, Ragnar Lothbrok
Assassin’s Creed: Ragnarök
Denmark, Sweden, Norway & England circa 9th Century
If Ubisoft wants to continue making more mythical-historical blends like 2018’s Odyssey, then another obvious location would be Scandinavia during the Vikings age(793–1066 AD). Axes, beserkers, Viking ships, raids, and Norse mythology would make for an excellent blend of mythos and history and fit the modern, RPG-focused Assassins Creed perfectly.
Thanks to the immensely popular History Channel show Vikings, the tale and story of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons have gained incredible mainstream appeal, and either Ragnar or one of his sons or descendants are obvious protagonist potential. They could choose to focus on any number of famous Vikings, but the mythical nature of the legend of Ragnar seems a perfect fit.
However, since many people know how the tale of Ragnar ends due to the Vikings tv show it might be better to focus on one of his descendants or perhaps Ubisoft could create a 7th son or daughter of Ragnar to work as the main character.
5. World War 2, Covert Operations
Assassin’s Creed: Operations
We have seen the ancient era, we have seen the revolutionary period, and we have seen much in between, but we have never dealt with anything post the industrial revolution. And one thing is for sure, it is not due to a lack of interesting events, and none is more grand and horrific than World War 2(WW2).
While I don’t think open warfare is very fitting for Assassins Creed, I do think it would be amazing to focus on some of the secret covert missions that took place during WW2, such as Operation Valkyrie and Operation Anthropoid.
Working in the shadows all over Europe during the most violent period of recent history would make for an incredible Assassins Creed experience.
Oh, and I think we can all agree that the Nazi party stink of Templar influence. In fact Abstergo Industries(modern Templar order) were founded in 1937 so the second World War would allow us to see where it began.
6. The Dark Ages, Charlemagne
Assassin’s Creed: Conquest
Frankish Empire, 774 – 814 CE
Ubisoft seems to be favoring the modern, more ”RPG’ish” games with the last two Assassins Creed games, Origins, and Odyssey. And few historical settings are as fit for a fully fleshed role-playing game as the dark middle-ages in Europe. Focusing on the 8th and 9th century would give us plenty of swords, shields, castles, wars, religion, and violence and an opportunity for us to play as an actual Knight.
Now, who is a more fitting protagonist for a role-playing game than a medieval knight?
Ubisoft could choose to focus on any number of periods of the middle ages, but the empire of Frankia under Charles the Great is such an interesting time and could grant us a look at one of the most powerful men to ever walk the earth.
7. Ancient Norte Chico civilization
Assassin’s Creed: Deity
South America(Peru), 3000-4000 BC
I see your ancient Egypt and raise you the Norte Chico civilization.
One of the most intriguing parts of Assassins Creed lore is the ancient lore about the ”Isu” or ”the ones that came before”, a mythological pre-human civilization. So what better place to explore the story and lore of the Isu than with one of the actual first civilizations of humanity, the Norte Chico’s.
Furthermore, the Norte Chico civilization also put deity’s and the supernatural in high regard and even worshipped someone known as the Staff God. If that is not a reference to a Piece of Eden, I don’t know what is.
It would be incredibly cool to see Ubisoft bring one of the earliest known human civilizations to life in an Assassin’s Creed and since it would take place up to five thousand years ago, they would have a lot of creative freedom.
8. Feudal Japan, Ninjas & Samurais
Assassin’s Creed: Shadows
Japan circa 1500 CE
Noteworthy Characters: Emperor Ōgimachi, Oda Nobunaga, Miyamoto Musashi, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Sanada Yukimura, Fujibayashi Nagato, Yagyū Sekishūsai Taira-no-Munetoshi, Hattori Hanzō, Fūma Kotarō, Mochizuki Chiyome.
Feudal Japan is among the most requested periods among the Assassins Creed community and once you study the era just a little bit it is not hard to see why. A time where Japan was ruled by Shogun and Samurai’s and dirty deeds were carried out by Ninjas.
While the Samurai were among the ruling class and nobles of Feudal Japan, the Ninja’s were mostly from the lowest class of society and carried out covert missions. If Ubisoft wants to bring Assassins Creed back to its roots with a more assassin and stealth focused game, then Feudal Japan would be an excellent choice. Ninjas are arguably the most iconic assassins in human history afterall.
There were even ”Ninja schools” exclusively for women in case Ubisoft wants to give the player the option to choose between a male or female protagonist.
9. The Cold War
Assassin’s Creed: Covert Ops
Most of the World, 1947-1991(focusing on the 1960s)
Now this suggestion would require a significant shift in the franchise and wouldn’t work as an open-world role-playing game, but it wouldn’t be the first time Ubisoft changed the genre of the series, so why not?
So instead of having one huge map, you would instead have a ton of large maps scattered around the world which you could travel to from the headquarters. Imagine something akin to Hitman and how their new map design works. Have missions that take place in Berlin, Cuba, the Soviet Union, Washington, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and so on. We could even see how Abstergo Industries(Modern Templar order) grew to be one of the most powerful companies in the world. We could take part in the Cuban Missile Crisis, the J.F.K Assassination and even the Vietnam War.
I think Assassins Creed has a lot to learn from the Hitman franchise when it comes to assassination and stealth gameplay. While stealth gameplay has always been a part of the Assassins Creed franchise, it has never gotten the attention that the Hitman games give it. So if Ubisoft is willing to reinvent the franchise once more, then focusing on making Assassins Creed a fully fleshed stealth game like Hitman could be one way to do it.
10. The Thirty Years’ War
Assassin’s Creed: Eradication
Europe, 1618–1648 CE
Noteworthy Characters: Ferdinand II, Frederick V, Elector of the Rhenish Palatinate, Gustavus Adolphus, Christian IV of Denmark, Henry IV, Louis XIII, Marie de’ Medici, Philipp Adolf von Ehrenberg, Pope Urban VIII.
The Thirty Years’ War is widely regarded as the most deadly religious war in European history, claiming over 8 million lives over a thirty year period. Few things scream of Templar Influence like the deadliest holy war of all time. Making it the perfect setting for an Assassins Creed game.
The Thirty Years’ War was fought between various protestant and Catholic states throughout the Holy Roman Empire. A period full of death, war, witch-hunts, and religious fanaticism and it involved almost every European country at one point or another.
Since the war was spread throughout such vast territories its the perfect opportunity to go back to smaller, more focused maps like in the first Assassin Creed games. Where you would be able to travel through several different cities and areas instead of having one huge coherent map.
It would also be an obvious chance to introduce the first German assassin into the series.
What would you like to see?
Let us know if you agree, disagree or have any ideas of your own!