With Ubisoft's recent statement that they have the overarching conclusion of the Assassin's Creed story planned, we present 10 Eras Assassin's Creed 5 Should Explore in order to inspire the numerous points in mankind's history which would make excellent selections as Animus destinations. Many of us were disappointed with the premise of Assassin's Creed 4, but we cannot fully condemn it until we find out how AC 4 actually turns out. Instead, all we can do is present other places in time in wish we hope there was someone carrying a hidden blade. Make sure you have white on and get some spare change ready for the townsfolk, because today we travel back in time to 10 Eras Assassin's Creed 5 Should Explore.
Going from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War may seem like going a bit too overboard with American history for the Assassin's Creed franchise, but there is a lot of potential for an assassin to wreak havoc during the big North vs. South dispute. Much of Assassin's Creed 3's engine could be recycled, but the time and technology are just different enough to distinguish a Civil War title. Bayonets were still a big thing back then, so it only makes sense that the Civil War kicks off our list of 10 Eras Assassin's Creed 5 Should Explore.
Like the Civil War, the setting and gameplay mechanics of a Puritan-based Assassin's Creed would seem similar to the third title. But we are choosing the Salem Witch Trials as a backdrop for an Assassin's Creed story because of its circumstance. The Salem witch trials were a time of conspiracy, murder, accusations and a belief in the supernatural, which all coincide with the Templar trying to establish control in addition to the effects of a Piece of Eden. We can imagine a Templar accusing suspected Assassin conspirators of witchcraft, with an Assassin trying to undo it all behind the scenes. This might not be enough to warrant a flat-out sequel (neither are Carribean pirates in our opinion), but this could be enough of a backdrop for an excellent piece of downloadable content.
How crazy would it be if the Black Death was caused by a Piece of Eden, or was some sort of implementation by the First Civilization in order to contain humanity? Furthermore, what if the Templar order found a way to control its spread, or if they were the ones that spread it in the first place? The chaos of the Black Death would be an opportune time to tell the story of an Assassin that helped to try and undo much of the damage caused by the Templar. Or even better, would be an Assassin that encountered the Precursor-means of stopping the spread of the plague.
A game where you would help Gaius and Brutus assassinate during the Ides of March has a lot of potential. Assassin's Creed canon already stated that Julius Caesar conspired with the Templar, but playing from the perspective of Caesar's assassins could be groundbreaking. Throw in side missions of chariot races and gladiator fights for some diverseness, and the most historical assassination ever would make an even more better choice for the next Assassin's Creed title.
If the earliest fossil record of homo sapiens were found in Africa, and much of the Precursor's back story has to do with the First Civilization and the creation of the human race, it would make sense that parts of the Assassin's Creed story should be set in Africa. Now as to which era to use from Africa, we believe that the mid-to-late 1800's would have more than enough background conflict to draw out the Templar/Assassin war. The topic of slavery might be taboo for video game makers, but we believe that a European-colonization story would work. If the story was set so that a certain area of Africa was colonized by the Templars in order to look for a Piece of Eden, and the Assassins of the story were an African tribe (or if your Assassin character was a rebelling boatman trained by said-tribe), it would culminate to an intriguing experience where your character would assassinate would-be slavers and could use steamboats to navigate the rivers of Africa.
The Assassin's Creed series is known for having some monumental, digital reconstructions of the most famous landmarks in history, so it would only make sense that the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan should be a climbable structure inside the Animus. The Assassin/Templar conflict can be easily implanted in between the Aztecs and Conquistadors. This would not only explain the numerous sacrifices in order to appease the Aztec sun god (especially considering the big solar flare problem), but also would reflect why Mexico's Coat of Arms is based on an Aztec myth and features an eagle killing a snake. For these historical reasons, we consider the Aztec and Conquistador conflict as part of the 10 Eras Assassin's Creed 5 Should Explore.
Sure, Wolfenstein and the original Call of Duty might be the most memorable Nazi-slaying titles of all time, but Assassin's Creed has a vast potential to outdo them both. It would be amazing to explore Paris during this time, and the team at Ubisoft definitely has the knowledge, research-capabilities, and technical prowess to efficiently explore this era and keep it intriguing. Killing Hitler and his high command, or even a group of Templar that were pulling his strings, during such a heightened time of oppression, could mean for a lot of necessary and groundbreaking changes for the franchise.
Even though much of this can be accredited to our love of cinematic wire work, floppy stunt-swords and kung fu, an Assassin story set during this era could be phenomenal. A title starring Ezio's pupil, Shao Jun (the inventor of Connor's rope dart), would require a dramatic overhaul of the entire AC engine. Just think how beautiful the architecture and levels would look if Assassin's Creed moved to Ancient China. There would have to be tremendous changes made to the fighting, architecture, outfits and mythology done in order to accommodate an Assassin's Creed set in Ancient China, but they would all be for the better.
It's one thing to walk through the foggy streets of London in the late 1800's, but it's a whole different creed if you were playing as Jack the Ripper. Now this seems extreme, but imagine if England's worst serial killer turned out to be an assassin, and him being a murderer of women was just falsified information spread by the Templar in order to encourage Jack's apprehension. Even though the Jack the Ripper case had a plethora of suspects, it would be intriguing to see how Ubisoft would go about putting together his (or her) actual identity. Either way, this sounds like the assassin story from Hell.
Would it not be the most awesome thing ever if there was an Assassin's Creed set in Feudal Japan? Your character could go back and forth using both samurai and ninja mechanics. It could be the modern Tenchu that we always wanted! We're going to let your minds wander on this one, but just think if Ubisoft was able to pull a multiplayer version of a Feudal Japan Assassin's Creed where you have a group of ninjas trying to kill a shogun Templar. We may have already picked out the 10 Best Video Game Ninjas previously, but a ninja with an Assassin's Guild's background would definitely be up there. Thus, we chose Feudal Japan as the #1 spot of our list of 10 Eras Assassin's Creed 5 Should Explore.