Another year, another new Assassin's Creed game on the cards. While the previously released Assassin's Creed Unity was a little short of a total disaster, Ubisoft is currently aiming at improving everything in the newest edition of the age-old battle between the Assassin's and the Templers.
As of now, the newest upcoming Assassin's Creed game – Assassin's Creed Victory – is said to be set in London, keeping up the tradition of exploring different world timeframes in history via the eyes of the several different characters from the Assassins Templars era. The game is currently expected for a release this December.
After the release of Unity, there were a few reports across the web discussing about the next big location for the new AC title from Ubisoft. Needless to say, the end results were varying and full of possibilities. However, Ubisoft saw it fit to place this edition of the game in jolly ol' England.
While the decisions have already been taken and there's no going back from here, we still ponder about whether Ubisoft could have taken a bit of time out and thought over the setting for the game one more time. After all, the options are widespread. Here are our choices.
Sure, we have seen some intriguing settings for the Assassin's Creed games of the past, but if it's deep history you are exploring, you must also consider a few of the defining moments in world history. Accordingly, a few AC fans we know kept talking about a game in the franchise that would be set in times of the Cold War. At a time when the United States and Communist USSR are going at each other's necks, the story of an Assassin in the midst of it all would have been quite the fascinating setting. And since all of the AC titles before have upheld different segments of history so well, creating a Cold War setting wouldn't have been that much work.
When he hear stories of the land of the rising sun from the olden days, we're often taken aback by accounts related to the feudal lords of the time and the ninjas and samurai that frequented the land so often. An Assassin's Creed game set in Japan is perhaps one of the most widely asked for setting in the entire franchise's history, but has fallen on deaf ears. Concepts of ninjas and samurais can never lose momentum among nerds and geeks, and we feel a Japan-centric Assassin's Creed could have further leveraged the game's street-cred.
Colonial India/East India Company
It isn't that Ubisoft hasn't pondered over an Assassin's Creed setting with ancient India in mind. In fact, proof for the same can easily be garnered via Assassin's Creed: Brahman, which tells the story of Jat Soora, the devoted fiancé of movie star Monima Das, gifted programer at software giant MysoreTech, and a deadly Assassin with a secret. But we would like if Ubisoft went a bit back into history and actually presented an Assassin in the times when India was only beginning to embrace the British rule, with the East India company already making its mark among the Mughals. We would love to see how Ubisoft would re-imagine colonial India in its own way.
This one falls in the list of my personal preferences, in terms of settings, for the Assassin's Creed franchise. An assassin based in ancient Egypt is something many of us have wondered about, let alone the ability to climb the Sphinx or the pyramids. Since the dawn of time, we have always been intrigued about one of the oldest civilisations in the world and how they managed to lead such secretive lives. And a game showcasing the Egyptians, and how the Knights vs Templers gets dragged to the shores of the Nile (also finding a piece of Eden), is something many of us will be looking ahead to, going forward.
The 25th Century (Or, Sometime in the Future)
While all the Assassin's Creed games of the past have focused upon history and events of the past, how about jumping into that Animus and fast-forwarding to life in the distant future? Imagine the possibilities that would open up, considering the kind of dynamism each of the Assassin's Creed game portrays with each release. A futuristic assassin means he will have access to some of the notable weaponry of the time. Perhaps, you could even highlight a story around how all the pieces of Eden were finally found at the turn of the 22nd century, but its power was maliciously used by the Templers. Since it's the future, you could even throw in a few robots, although an assassin with an iPhone (version?) is highly unlikely.
World War II
If you are fascinated by the stories generating from the times of the Cold War, you surely must have a special liking toward anything that spells World War II. From personal experience, the biggest war in mankind's history has been host to several emotions, drama, loss and sense of victory, and an Assassin's Creed set in the timeframe may not be that bad an idea. History has shown how games revolving around the Second World War have always managed to tick gamers, and to have Ezio or Altair's bloodline affecting the biggest victories of the Allied forces against the Axis sounds like quite the tasty proposition.