Written by Derek Sun
After Victorian England, Here Are Some
Proposals for New
Assassin’s Creed Game Locations:
After taking us through the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean islands and the Paris during the French Revolution, the Assassin’s Creed franchise is visiting London during the Victorian era. The setting for countless books, movies, and games, Victorian England has always had a certain vibe to it that makes it catnip for storytellers. The intimidating architecture, twistingly dark alleys, and fascinating historical figures are always great fodder for writers to work with.
With all that said, the Victorian age is still a pretty safe choice for a new AC game. It’s not an entirely surprising selection, and there’s no shortage of works that have already featured Cockney chimney sweeps, pith helmet-wearing explorers, and bobbies eating fish & chips, and saying “guv’nor” a lot. The historical period and setting have made AC games memorable and unique, and if the series is to continue attracting fans and sales, it should try exploring new territory that other franchises haven’t focused on. Here are ideas on new locations and eras for future AC games to try out, and why they would be exciting to play in.
Ever since Desmond got into the Animus for the first time, people have been promoting Japan as an ideal setting for an AC game. Most of the time, it’s medieval Japan, with its ninja, clan warfare, and samurai that gets brought up as a new virtual playground. However, we’re missing a golden opportunity by not having a game exploring the rise of Japan as a modern nation and the shedding of its shogun past. Even if everything you know about the Meiji Restoration comes from watching The Last Samurai and Rurouni Kenshin, you’ll know how crazy the late 19th century was for Japan. Westerners were arriving en masse, the Tokugawa shogunate was falling, and the country was modernizing, building its own empire, and changing faster than anyone can imagine. The game could have us play through the Boshin War and see the collapse of the samurai system as the Assassins struggle to survive the changes, but some more adventurous ideas include having us witnessing Japan’s invasions of its neighbors and expansion of its colonies, assassinating rival politicians, and navigating a mixture of traditional Japanese and Western architecture and weapons that makes for great scenery porn. Larger-than-life figures like Yukichi Fukuzawa, Heihachiro Togo, Ryoma Sakamoto, Hirobumi Ito, and Saigo Takamori would be awesome to meet, and all the wars, political intrigue, and reforms taking place would give us enough craziness for a whole season of Game of Thrones.