If you are a fan of both Assassin’s Creed and the internet, you’ve likely encountered the rumors flying about the exciting new setting for the next AC game – the Viking Age. That’s right, the Brotherhood of Assassins is delving into Norse Mythology and history, and that exciting revelation got us wondering – where would we like to see the games venture to next? We (Steven and Emily) will be going through our top picks for potential future Assassin’s Creed game settings.
Firstly, let’s just talk about the Viking Age a bit. I think this is an amazing choice. Vikings are an interesting culture to explore in any respect. With the recent switch to a more explorative and open-world game style, there will be a lot of interesting cultural and geographical opportunities to explore as players. I also think that Viking mythology, with a focus on heroic figures and deeds, would be really fun to play around with in the way Egyptian and Greek myth were explored in the most recent games (Origins And Odyssey). Here are a few other things we would like to see in a Viking Assassin’s Creed setting:
- Viking fighting style conducive to varieties in combat that AC has been taking.
- New settlement types different from those we’ve seen in past games.
- An expansive catalog of mythology to play with.
- Characters often portrayed as fearsome and fearless, good foes.
- Ships ships ships!
- Emily hit the nail on the head, Viking combat styles would fit in perfectly with the current play style the Assassin’s Creed series has adopted.
- The polytheistic nature of Norse mythology would be perfectly in line with Origins and Odysseys game settings.
- There’s so much potential story and world content; honestly, it could fill more than one game.
GIVE ME MORE NAVAL COMBAT!
With that, let’s get into our ideas for possible Assassins Creed games we would like to see made next.
Similar to the Vikings, the Celts have a rich and exciting history that I (Emily) think would be an incredibly interesting setting for Assassin’s Creed. Within the time span of both AC Odyssey, a game we reviewed in high regard, and AC Origins, the Celts were the most powerful people group in Northern Europe. This would make a lot of sense in terms of continuing the story regarding the early history of the Brotherhood of Assassins throughout ancient civilizations. The Celts actually lived all over Northern Europe during the Iron Age, not just Ireland and Scotland. Each group was fairly distinct from one another, so there would be a lot of possibilities for location. However, I think Scotland or Ireland would be a cool choice. Among the gorgeous landscapes that would lend well to the explorative open-world gameplay, there is also what I would argue is the coolest thing about Celtic society – the hillforts. Hillforts are fortified settlements that are, you guessed it, up on hills. They’re a notable feature of the time period. Let me climb all over those hill forts.
However, the game needs to be about assassins. How would that work? Well, one of my favourite aspects of Assassin’s Creed is the way that the franchise incorporates myth and lore into it’s history. Most of the Celtic history is unknown because druids passed knowledge down through oral tradition rather than writing. That could leave a lot of opportunities to take what we do know about their religious beliefs, myth, and culture and build it into a thrilling murder-filled narrative! An interesting direction to go, that would tie it in well with the other Assassins Creed games, is the invasion of Rome. The Romans made their way across Europe, conquering everything in sight. If the Brotherhood of Assassins somehow teamed up with and recruited, some scrappy Celts to their order to help them take down the Romans invading their lands how cool would that be? Add in that the druids might have passed down important knowledge on the pieces of Eden, and that some of the higher-ups in the Roman Legion are Templar’s, and you’ve got yourself an Assassin’s Creed game.
Aztec / Inca / Mayan
Any of these ancient Mexican/Central American civilizations would be a great setting and they have already been mentioned in the past Assassins Creed games. These civilizations are still shrouded in mystery, which makes them a perfect fit for the Assassin’s Creed series. You could play as an Aztec assassin fighting off Cortés and his conquistadors looking for gold and relics of the first civilizations. The game could easily implement a crafting system, so the player could craft weapons and armor out of their surroundings.
As far as setting goes the Aztec ruled over 80,000 square miles at its peak… that’s a lot to explore. The ancient Aztec cities consisted of massive man-made structures including pyramids and jungles. The Aztec empire has more than enough important historical points to base an interesting story around, all build-up to the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire.
Is this just my Assassin’s Creed/Castlevania dream crossover? Probably, but it would make one hell of a cool game. This seems like a setting that is already explored because it’s a time period covered in the earlier games, but those games were also awesome. With the blast further into the past, exploring other Assassins encountered in earlier games would be a fun way to revisit other events that took place in some of the most loved titles in the series. With the recent open-world approach and the detail put into the game worlds, we could really get into some of these historical locations, with their beautiful architecture, in ways that the old games couldn’t. There is also a potential to explore a country during a dark time in history. Vlad the Impaler was a nasty guy, and the country under his rule could provide an interesting location to explore and dig into messy parts of the past. It’s a game about assassins, after all.
Wallachia is already briefly featured in Assassin’s Creed Revelations, with the Templar Vali cel Umbra. Vali has a database entry that could already be the framework for the entire game plot! Vlad III Tepes is canonically a Templar, and his connection to the Templar Order would be an avenue that could be explored amidst the turmoil at the time. Perhaps playing as Vali in a game similar in plot to AC Rogue, where you start as an Assassin but become a Templar, could give fans a grittier take on the series. Either way, I just want the Templar’s to have some magical way of trying to extend their life that indicates Vlad is actually a vampire.
Honestly, I’m surprised this one hasn’t happened already. You could play through the game as a member of a ninja clan that is fighting against the corrupt ruling Shogun. You would be able to enlist other citizens to your clan in the same way you could recruit other assassins to your creed in the Ezio Trilogy. You could build up your ninja clan and take back what’s rightfully yours. When you take control of an enemy castle you could set up defenses similar to AC: Brotherhood and defend it against hordes of enemies as they try to take back control of the fortress.
We know that the Brotherhood of Assassins made it’s way to Japan thanks to the iOS game Assassin’s Creed: Memories, we even have a potential main character with Hattori Hanzō and his quest for the Sword of Eden. The groundwork is already there @Ubisoft just make it happen guys.
Steven – I just miss Arthur Morgan… Shut up I’m not crying… you are.
Emily – With the popularity of Red Dead Redemption 2 recently, this would make a fantastic choice. America was explored during Assassin’s Creed 3, but there is so much that would play well into the AC formula in the folklore of the Wild West. From the topography of the Badlands to the historical figures with big personalities, there is a lot of material that has been romanticized from this period of history over the years that could be adapted. A new format for this game that could work would be the ability for the player to choose between Templars and Assassins based on which heroes or villains they want to ally with. This could incorporate a “war” over territory similar to the option in Odyssey where territory could be won for either Sparta or Athens. Your gang of either Templars or Assassins would work to take towns back from the opposing side (I can just hear Jacob Frye being enthusiastic about forming a gang and I need that level of chaotic energy back in my AC games).
Steven – Using a train as a mobile base of operations is a great idea for a game set in the wild west. As the player progresses through the game they could customize the train by adding different train cars that could be used to upgrade equipment and the train itself, much like the ship in AC: Odyssey. The setting would offer up a great opportunity to dive into a different Native American culture than what we saw in AC3.
Again I’m just still really upset about Arthur Morgan and if any company could fill that void he left in my heart it would be Ubisoft.
These are just our ideas, of course, based on pieces of history that the two of us would love to play through. There are endless slices of history that would make fantastic Assassin’s Creed games, particularly if they were done as well as the last two games. What would you like to see in an upcoming Assassin’s Creed game? Let us know in the comments! Also, if you happen to be from Ubisoft please feel free to steal literally all of our ideas.