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
Noteworthy Characters: Julius Caesar, Spartacus, Crixus, Oenomaus, Gaius Claudius Glaber, Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Clodianus, Marcus Licinius Crassus.
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
Noteworthy Characters: Robin Hood, Prince John, Richard I of England, Maid Marian, Little John.
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.
The game would take place just after the first Assassin’s Creed game and focus on Prince John’s attempts to usurp King Richard’s throne while he was off fighting in the third crusade.
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
Noteworthy Characters: Zhuge Liang, Zhang Heng, Chen Shou, Cao Rui, Cao Pi, Liu Bei, Sun Quan.
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
Noteworthy Characters: Ragnar Lothbrok, Sigurd Hring, King Ella, Alfred the Great, Ivar the Boneless, Ubba, Björn Ironside, Hvitserk, Sigurd Snake-in-the-eye, Æthelwulf, Halfdan Ragnarsson.
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
Noteworthy Characters: Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Heinrich Himmler.
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
Noteworthy Characters: Charlemagne, Pope Leo the 3rd, Gudfred, Widukind.
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)
Noteworthy Characters: John F. Kennedy, Leonid Brezhnev, Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev, Dwight Eisenhower, Willy Brandt, Alan Rikkin(Chief Executive of Abstergo Industries).
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!
“The Great Game” between Russia and Britain for Empire in Asia was a great historic period for AC to cover. It had mysterious unexplored mountainous regions, double agents, fort sieges, and lasted for over a century.
Don’t know much about Norte Chico, but Mayan civilization would be amazing. Look up Tonina if you haven’t seen it, it’s a giant tiered pyramid the size of a small mountain. Each tier has its own temples, buildings, catacombs on or inside it. Most pictures don’t capture the full thing. Then there’s the Teotihuacan city-state to the North, just look at the size of the temple district and imagine what the living city must have looked like. A great way to show off historical indigenous culture too. And I would love a return to AC3’s tree parkour, upgraded and implemented in a massive tropical jungle.
In addition to this list I’d like to see a game set during 14th century Mali during Mansa Musa’s reign, we could play as a former mandinka warrior that is now an assassin, the Mali empire was mainly established among river banks and it was the territory of 100s of cities, towns and villages, it also expanded into the rain forest region, the Mali Empire was the wealthiest kingdom of the medival world because of the abundance of the gold and salt that they mined, Sankore university also attracted ppl from around the globe to come study math, science and astronomy
Assassins Creed : stone age , Assassinate by hitting people on head with rocks XD
How about Polish winged hussars? They are badass.
I voted for Japan and Vikings.
A little correction there: Ninjas weren’t trained in assassination, only espionage and propaganda. If some ninjas were capable assassins, that was a coincidence. Also Samurai could also be ninjas.
Further interesting locations for vikings: Spain, North Africa, Russia, America, France!
I like most of these options with the exceptions of the 2 relatively modern titles and Spartacus since it would be too much open combat rather than stealth.
I hope they go back to the gameplay that focuses on stealth. The new combat system is great but if your a master assassin you should be good enough with your weapons to kill an enemy in 1 strike. Sure, leave commanders as an open combat enemy if you must but if you are good at stealth (the whole thrust of an assassins way) then you should be allowed to ghost a whole compound if you can remain unseen.
I would like to see a Assassins Creed Game which goes to the future. Year 3050 something like that ….
I would like an Assassin’s Creed based in India. It could take place during the Mughal reign of India, or maybe it could take place during the British occupation of India, with allies such as the Queen of Jhansi (Rani Lakshmi Bai) and Mangal Pandey.
Also I like having the option of playing as a girl.
I always thought one during the American Civil War would be neat. I’d be happy with anything a little more modern. I’m sick of running around mud shacks and straw huts.
such a shame that after years of spending too much creativity, still there is no sign of a game based on real history. Yes I’m talking about Hassan Sabah who formed assassins to fight against Saljugh dynasty and after that fighting against Mongolians to thrive.
Historically, the most realistic one was Assassins Creed I. Al-Mualim was sent to Syria by Hassan Sabah to represent their thoughts and beliefs. Assassins were in war with both Saladin Ayyubi and Christians in the Crusader Wars era.
It would be interesting if they ended the assassins creed now fighting basim or using him too kill off Templar’s with Layla finding out how too slow down the temples energy. Call it Assasins Creed: The Final Leap. It will be based no longer on the animus but being based as the modern day character William Miles too finally put an end too the Templar order using everything we learned about assassins creed going from financials too combat the stealth