Locations for Assassin’s Creed 3 – Aye or Nay?

Ubisoft decided to take a democratic turn and let the fans decide the location of Assassin’s Creed 3. Well, actually, it could be some other game after AC3, and it could be a marketing stunt. Anyway, Rabidgames will share his thoughts which locations would suit any Assassin’s Creed game – and which would not.

Here we go:

The violent conflicts of the Imperial Dynasties in Medieval China
Aye.
There are hardly any games who deal with this era of the Chinese history (except Dynasty Warriors). Plus, the short movie Assassin’s Creed Embers features the Chinese assassin Shao Jun. However, it is pretty unclear if Desmond has Chinese ancestors and the involvement of Westerners in this era would be minimal at best. While it sounds intriguing, Rabidgames deems it unlikely.

 
The advent of the mighty British Empire during Victorian England
Aye.
Just one question: Was Jack the Ripper an Assassin or a Templar? This one question alone would make the setting worthwhile. It could also explain the “Miles” in Desmond’s name. Maybe we would even learn why Desmond’s ancestors moved to the U.S. …

 

The culmination of the Pharaoh Reign in Ancient Egypt
Nay.
While Egypt would be a good setting in general, it would somehow feel like the original Assassin’s Creed once more. And it would be rather illogical to go back in time again.

 

The invasion of the Americas by the Spanish Conquistadors
Nay.
That’s a tough one. Truth is, the Conquistadors committed genocide on a massive scale. They clearly must be the Templars in this scenario. While it would be great to delve into Christian hypocrisy and the billions of crimes committed under the cover of holy Christ and noble kings, Ubisoft would have to go to hell and back by introducing this delicate scenario to its world wide audience. If they have the guts to do so, go on. If not, let it be. No one wants a game where genocidal imperialists are heroes.

 
The confrontation between British colonists and native Americans during The American Revolution
Nay.
Even tougher! This time, Ubisoft would have to show the mirror to its prime market. Does anyone really believe a global company would dare to make U.S. citizens aware of the fact their entire nation is built on the back bones of genocide and persecution? Actually, it would be commercial suicide. It will simply not happen – which is a shame.

 

The overthrow of the Tsar Empire by the Communists during the Russian Revolution
Nay.
Rabidgames would love to see it. But once more, Communists as the good guys? The tsar as the good guy? It’s all hard to imagine. But the setting itself feels promising. But one thing bothers Rabidgames: It would be too modern. Hidden blades against guns or artillery? Ubisoft would have to find a completely new way to integrate this setting into the AC universe … Another counter-argument: Politics, once more.

 

The Warlord Battles in Feudal Japan
Nay.
Japan is a really unique topic in the gaming world. Either you like the Japanese culture and games – or you hate all of it. Or you don’t give a shit. For a huge series like Assassin’s Creed, that risk would be way too big. Let’s be honest – the Japanese won’t like it anyway unless you “japanize” the game which in turn would alienate the Western fan base. It would be interesting to see Japan near the end of its isolation though.

 

The rise of Cesar’s Empire in Ancient Rome
Nay.
Rome? Again? We’ve already seen Rome – although it would be a different city, many iconic landmarks would still be the same. Also, why going back in time that much when it’s about the end of a trilogy?

 

Stunningly, there is one remarkable setting left out which would perfectly fit the Assassin’s Creed universe: The French Revolution. Why would Ubisoft leave it out? Maybe – and that’s just pure speculation – because the time and place of Assassin’s Creed 3 has already been decided …

Let’s just hope Assassin’s Creed 3 won’t take place in modern New York City …

Rabidgames says: It’s hard to imagine Ubisoft would risk the fallout from choosing a controversial theme for the end of the trilogy: The American Genocides seem out of question, and Communism is still a field best to be avoided as a multi-billion company who doesn’t want to become a target of Fox News in its prime market. If you count them out and bear in mind the audience of the Assassin’s Creed series, London seems the most logical option. Unless Ubisoft really chooses to go for the outcome of this vote, of course …

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One Response to “Locations for Assassin’s Creed 3 – Aye or Nay?”

  1. […] 3 doesn’t really come as a surprise, does it? After all, the American Revolution was part of this survey Ubisoft did […]

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