Now that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has been and gone, fans of the series will invariably start thinking about what will be next for Ubisoft’s long-running series. Well, we’ve come up with five different directions (and titles!) that the series might embrace going forward, starting with…
Assassin’s Creed Crusade
Though the first Assassin’s Creed was a handsome affair, albeit one that was about as deep as a puddle on a summer’s day and soon eclipsed by its superior sequel, there is still significant amount of untapped mileage in its Crusades-era setting. As such, the mind boggles at what a full-blown remake, rather than a tame Ezio Collection style remaster, would look like.
Though visuals were never a weakness for the first game in the franchise, the implementation of the newer RPG template which would bring with it non-linear dialogue, full progression and other goodies, would prove to be an extremely decent fit indeed. After all, surely if any game deserves and is in most need of the remake treatment in the whole series, it has to be the first game. Right?
Assassin’s Creed Destiny
For years now, fans of the series have rightly pined for Ubisoft to plonk the Assassin’s Creed franchise into a Feudal Japan setting and really, now is as a good a time as any for the series to get stuck into one of the most evocative points in history.
Disregarding the fact that obvious fact that the assassins are basically ninjas anyway, Feudal Japan would be a ripe setting for the series to explore, as it’s overflowing with political plots, machinations and not to mention a whole bunch of notable historical characters for players to encounter – such as legendary ronin and philosopher Miyamoto Musashi, for example.
Assassin’s Creed Dynasty
After already having been introduced to Chinese assassin Shun Jao in both Assassin’s Creed II and then later on in the spin-off Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, a jaunt to Imperial China would seem to be a logical next step for the series.
Encompassing the breathtaking beauty of mainland China, combined with the intrigue of the Imperial Court and the tense political situation of westerners coming into the country, an Assassin’s Creed title set in Imperial China could be a grandly entertaining undertaking indeed.
Assassin’s Creed Empire
With Ancient Egypt and most recently Ancient Greece now in the bag, having a series entry set in Ancient Rome would seem to logically tick the three boxes of Assassin’s Creed Ancient Times Bingo wouldn’t it? Pointedly though, an Assassin’s Creed title set in Ancient Rome could have some serious legs.
Just imagine it – from the lavishness and opulence of the Alta Semita, with such striking landmarks as the Baths of Constantine and the Gardens of Sallust, through to the spectacle of the Appian Way and then dipping down into the criminal slums of the Aventine, there would be no shortage of eye-opening locales to see in Assassin’s Creed’s trip to Ancient Rome.
Beyond the locations, players could also see themselves rubbing shoulders with folks from the era. Whether that would be joining Spartacus and his slaves in their rebellion against Rome, or, conducting clandestine missions for Julius Caesar or Mark Antony, the sheer breadth and range of possibilities for the series in Ancient Rome are tantalising to say the least.
Assassin’s Creed Frontier
With Red Dead Redemption 2 smashing all sorts of critical and commercial records on release, it should come as little surprise that Rockstar pedigree aside, fans are still hungering for more games that take place in the endlessly appealing setting of the lawless American West.
To that end, an Assassin’s Creed title set in the Wild West and boasting all of the open-world RPG sensibilities and trimmings that we’ve come to expect from Ubisoft could prove to be quite the banger indeed. From bumping into legends of the West like Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp and Calamity Jane, to engaging in shootouts, train robberies and much more as you explore the boundless frontier of the Wild West, Assassin’s Creed Frontier would be an easy win for Ubisoft (and us, really) going forward.