Assassin’s Creed Will Never Ever Ever End
If there’s one franchise that can be kept going endlessly it’s Assassin’s Creed but with Ubisoft insisting on some semblance of an interconnected narrative there surely has to be an endgame, right? At least the director of Assassin’s Creed IV, Ashraf Ismail, claimed there was an outline for the series including an overall ending.
This year, however, Revelations and Black Flag lead writer Darby McDevitt has said that’s “not exactly true,” and that there is no end in sight just yet.
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“There’s been a bit of confusion in that [Ismail] once said that Assassin’s Creed has an ending–that’s not exactly true,” explained McDevitt in an interview with Edge.
The Assassin’s Creed universe was likened to Doctor Who, with McDevitt saying there can be individual endings as part of a perpetually ongoing story. “Because all of history is open to us we see the universe as a Doctor Who type thing. There are so many possibilities we don’t want to definitively end the universe, but we can have storylines that have endings.”
Looking back, McDevitt spoke about the challenges of the Desmond trilogy, which eventually became a quintology. “The problem with the Desmond trilogy was that back in 2007 they set a date with Abstergo launching a satellite that was going to control people’s minds,” he said.
“That unfortunately took a back seat in ACII when they swapped the plot point for the end of the world, which was conveniently going to happen in the same month in 2012. This was a hard date we were going to hit–we realised very quickly that Assassin’s Creed is a popular franchise and we’d like to keep it going.”
As for the series after Desmond, McDevitt says “we’ve moved on from specifically defining when a story will end” in future titles.
There’s certainly no shortage of eras or locations to visit for the series. IN AC IV you could even find a list of potential settings which included Shogun-era Japan, Victorian London, the Wild West, and the French Revolution, among others–was Ubisoft parodying the locations that fans most request. “So the fans generated that list, we didn’t generate that list,” he added.
But is any of the fan speculation based in reality? “I will say that fans definitely think alike. We have the same goals for the series, let’s say. I’ll leave it at that. We always want to surprise,” McDevitt concluded.
That means that chances are one of the settings we, as fans, have suggested is almost certainly the setting for the next Assassin’s Creed which would have been in development for a year already.
The only trouble with this sort of perpetual series is that it needs to be kept alive with fresh ideas, new thinking and most definitely evolution. Assassin’s Creed IV showed us one way in which the series can evolve by truly embracing the exploration aspect of the game and crafting one of the most enjoyable open-world experiences I’ve ever had. Next they may take the game down a stealth route or focus on a morally grey assassin wherein you are made to make a lot of decisions. The series may even evolve into something of an RPG.
Anything is possible really as long as Assassin’s Creed doesn’t lose its essence. That unique feeling you get from free-running, stabbing people with a hidden-blade or exploring any of the richly detailed and very much alive eras that Ubisoft has recreated.