Watch Dogs Is The Closest Thing To A Modern Day Assassin’s Creed We’re Ever Getting
It’s funny how the world works. Just last night during our weekly podcast (which you should listen to) we spoke about possible new settings for the Assassin’s Creed franchise and whether or not the series should start looking at more modern settings. Funnily enough, we actually all agreed that Watch Dogs was basically Assassin’s Creed in the present, and now even Ubisoft is calling it that.
In a Reddit post last night, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag lead writer Darby McDevitt answered questions about the entire franchise and where Ubisoft was thinking of taking it. Posed with the question about whether we’ll ever see a modern-day Assassin’s Creed title, McDevitt said it was highly unlikely.
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“I doubt we would do a modern day AC. There are just too many mechanics we would have to develop to make it [believable] … vehicles, plausible modern cities, a huge array of ranged weapons, etc.”
“The modern day will most likely remain as a ‘context’ for all future games, something to tie them all together.”
That makes sense, because even we were pondering the many different ways one could perform a Leap of Faith off a massive skyscraper and land in an oddly placed pile of hay in New York. These are the types of questions that keep us up at night.
So while a modern day setting is out, McDevitt did also acknowledged that Watch Dogs should provide the modern day Assassin fix fans are looking for.
“Watchdogs will scratch the itch for a modern day AC. Just wait!”
Other important questions answer by McDevitt included the future of Assassin’s Creed III protagonist Connor and whether or not Ubisoft will revisit his story. On that front, fans of the seemingly one dimensional character have some crying to look forward to, as Ubisoft has no plans to continue or revisit Connor’s story at all.
McDevitt also spoke about a conclusion to the Templar and Assassin war, saying that there are no real plans to bring about a conclusion to a war that has lasted for over 80 000 years. Despite that, Game director of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Ashraf Ismail recently mentioned that there was an ending in place, and that it could be implemented with any given sequel.
Considering the cash cow Ubisoft has going here, I don’t see that happening anytime soon though.