Ubisoft recently announced that the next instalment in the Assassin’s Creed series would be taking part during the ‘golden age’ of pirates. The protagonist is the grandfather of Connor Kenway, the Assassin from the previous game, Edward, with the setting being the Caribbean Sea – Nassau, Havana and Kingston will be the primary cities.
This is the second part of the ‘Kenway story’ and I would hazard a guess that the subsequent game may even focus on Haytham, especially given his popularity in the previous game and the fact that he plied his trade in London – one of the settings fans have been eager for since the first AC. The wild islands of the Caribbean promise to be a world away from the relatively safe streets of Boston and New York.
Ubisoft announced that 60% of the game would take place on land, saying that players are free to explore numerous locations around the islands, including Mayan ruins, fisherman villages, forts and jungles. While the critics and fans were slightly underwhelmed by ACIII, one of the popular features was the introduction of naval expeditions, using Connor’s ship, the Aquila.
Ubisoft have taken that concept and made it into the central theme of the next game; whether that will work or not only time will tell. One criticism that the series’ fans can never aim at Ubisoft is their variation of locations. In five games they’ve taken us to the Holy Land during the Third Crusade, Italy at the height of the Renaissance, Constantinople during the transitional phase from the Byzantines to the Ottoman Turks and the US during the revolution.
While most games, from Call of Duty to Grand Theft Auto, have focused on eras in the past 100 years, Ubisoft have delved into thousands of years’ worth of history. It always surprises me that some ask for World War, Cold War or Victorian London setting.
Have there not been enough games set during World Wars? Can you imagine an assassin running on rooftops during the Cold War? Is there enough of a story to warrant a visit to London, besides Jack the Ripper? When you consider great events or periods of time that have never been covered by the video game industry, why limit the Assassin’s Creed series to a few western nations in the last couple of centuries?
Here are 4 settings Assassin’s Creed games should visit in future games…
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