Ubisoft has managed to assemble a franchise that has ultimately conquered the video gaming industry. We've been all the way from the Third Crusade, now to the newest instalment set during the Industrial Revolution; where we follow the lives of twins Jacob and Evie Frye as they navigate the corridors of organized crime during the Victorian era and fight against the established order, controlled by the Templars.
This is a list based purely on my opinions; what I portray as interesting may not be the same as anyone else's concept. These are the top 4 locations I would feel immersed within; if they were to be developed by Ubisoft into the Assassin's Creed franchise...
Late-18th Century Australia
Similar to Assassin's Creed III, a game set during the colonisation and European excavation of Australia could (if created correctly) be a very interesting and fascinating instalment from the franchise. Multiple stories could be told, through British colonisation, Aboriginal tribes or even 'diggers' during the many gold rushes. Ubisoft must be careful to not accidentally combine a game like this with FarCry (Primal) as they would be very similar in comparison if told through the eyes of an Aboriginal tribal member. Otherwise, this game should include naval combat were the assassin protagonist could travel from Sydney's harbour, to New Zealand, even places like Hawaii and Haiti could be fast-travel options if tied into the game's story correctly.
Ideas for the DLC spring off Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag's DLC, and the the newest instalment of the franchise; Syndicate's main story as the people's blood is spilt building the glorious empire of London. For almost a century, tens of thousands of Indigenous Australians were forced to work for pastoral stations, missions and government reserves for little more than pocket money. Much like Adewale (from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag's DLC - Freedom Cry), an AC game set during the colonisation and European excavation of Australia could tell a story of slavery, fighting for freedom; something that actually related to the playable protagonist / antagonist.
Mid-18th Century Portugal
Portugal has a long and incredible history that should not fall short of Ubisoft's creativity and high standards for an Assassin's Creed instalment. The Templars are very much intertwined with Portugal's history, as is with the entire Assassin's Creed franchise. Just think of it, running the alleyways of Santarém and escaping the streets of Lisbon during the earthquake in 1755. How awesome would it be to catch a glimpse of the Assassin; Shay Patrick Cormac jumping from building roof top to roof top.
This game would very much be similar to previous games such as Black Flag and Rogue. Not only adding onto both of these games, but adding a new dimension to the seven years war within the mid-eighteenth century. We could travel to familiar places we've seen before like the Atlantic Ocean, New York and Albany, alongside sailing through the River Valley. If created right, this game could be the successor to two of the best games in the Kenway Saga, and the Assassin's Creed franchise. Black Flag, Rogue and even AC III were very intriguing and fun games to play as they had characters that had amazing backstories like never before. And I reckon' if this instalment were to have naval combat; improved naval combat; it would be the best yet.
An Assassin's Creed game set within Ancient Egypt could work dominantly off the pyramids. Assassin’s Creed has made a reputation with its games, setting activities throughout temples, and by replacing some of these religious landmarks with pyramids, we could have activities and eagle-vision puzzles to pass the many mazes and booby-traps. This creates endless possibilities for creative gameplay for the main story or various side missions.
Every Assassin's Creed game has been based after the late 1400s, but if Ubisoft so desires, they could tap into Egyptian history with Animus technology; dating back thousands of years in order to reveal what the war was like before the Templars identified by their name. The games’ established history tells us that the war between the two groups has 'been going on for thousands of years, dating back to when the First Civilisation mated with humans to form a new species.'
An Assassin's Creed instalment with a Pharoah would just be awesome. This opportunity could open doors for many historical characters to appear, such as Cleopatra, and King Tutankhamun. These are yet a few of the more well-known figures from Egyptian history that would be recognisable by the majority of the players. Ancient Egypt was also heavily populated by the Jewish and Christian religions, which in some way could allow Ubisoft to rewrite even more history then ever before, just as like they are known to do with every AC game.
10th Century Scandinavia
Black Flag is around one of the best Assassin's Creed games to date. The extremely fun sailing aspect of Black Flag is something that needs to be utilised in another game. What better period in time to feature boatloads of sailors than the Viking Age?
Scandinavia between the eighth and eleventh centuries was a hotbed of Viking activity. They have been featured many times in pop culture and would allow for some very interesting stories featuring the most famous Vikings in history. Eric The Red and his son Leif Eriksson are the most recognisable names, especially with Eriksson being credited by sailing to the Americas, hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus.
Scandinavia also has a vast wilderness and assortment of wildlife native to the area; incorporating a hunting skill for the protagonist as we saw in Assassin's Creed III, IV and Rogue. Arguably, one of the best parts about these games was how we could explore the wilderness for hours on end, hunting animals, and increasing you wealth allowing you to upgrade much quicker in many areas. Between a Scandinavian setting and the culture of Vikings, fans are dwindling for a great Assassin's Creed game to be made.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate launches tomorrow, October 23, 2015 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As for PC gamers, you'll have to wait until November 19, 2015, to play the lives of twins Jacob and Evie Frye as they navigate the corridors of organized crime during the Victorian era and fight against the established order, controlled by the Templars.