Official logo of the Assassins in Assassins CreedWith 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 third servile war
The Death of Spartacus by Hermann Vogel (1882)

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

Canvas of Robin Hood Entertaining King Richard Lionheart
Canvas Painting By Daniel Maclise(1806-1870), Titled ‘Robin Hood entertaining Richard the Lionheart in Sherwood Forest’ (1839)

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

Official Wallpaper for Total War Three Kingdoms
Official art for the upcoming Total War game; Three Kingdoms. Which takes place during this exact period. More info at www.totalwar.com/total-war-three-kingdoms

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

Oil Canvas of Ragnar Lothbrok's sons
Oil Canvas painting by
August Malmström(1829-1901) from 1857, titled ”King Ella’s messengers before Ragnar Lodbrok’s sons”.

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

1939-1945 Europe/Asia

Symbolic World War 2 image depicting the allies victory
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press

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

Famous Charlemagne picture
Canvas by Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)”Charlemagne (742–814) receiving the submission of Witikind at Paderborn” in 785.

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

Depiction of the Staff God of the Norte Chico religion
A depiction of the Staff God, a deity worshipped by the Norte Chico Civilization

Noteworthy Characters:??

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

Famous image depicting the Battle of Sekigahara
Edo-period screen depicting the Battle of Sekigahara. It began on 21 October 1600 with a total of 160,000 men facing each other.

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) 

A U.S. Navy P-3A Orion of Patrol Squadron VP-44 flies over the Soviet ship Metallurg Anosov and destroyer USS Barry (DD-933) during the Cuban Missile Crisis, November 10, 1962. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

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

Canvas Picture of the Thirty Years War
Canvas oil painting by Ernest Crofts(1847–1911). Tilted: Wallenstein: A Scene of the Thirty Years War

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?

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3 COMMENTS

  1. “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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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