‘Assassin’s Creed 4′ Director Interested in Ancient Egypt Setting

Oct 11, 2013 by  

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Up until the announcement of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – released later this month – Ubisoft’s time travelling, Templar-stabbing franchise had always maintained a measure of rough chronological certainty. Linear, straightforward hops through history have already taken series protagonist Desmond Miles from the 12th Century Holy Land, to 15th Century Italy and onto 18th Century America. Now, the game’s developers are counting back the AC III clock – just a bit – to delve greedily into the Golden Age of Piracy.

With the Assassin’s Creed opus now confirmed to move both forward and backward in time, many previously missed eras are right back in contention for a fifth core outing. Classical Greece; blood-soaked Sparta and enlightened Athens, murderous Mongol hordes and hidden Ninja warriors are all available for play, should Ubisoft so choose to include them, but where does Assassin’s Creed 4 director Ashraf Ismael hope to take the series next?

Speaking to Examiner this week, Ismael revealed his fondness for the Ancient Egyptian era, an iconic civilization hidden beneath the sands of time and rarely explored by modern day video gamers.

“There’s a lot of interesting periods and time places we haven’t been to that I would like to see […] I’m not saying we are going there, but one day I would love to explore Egypt as a setting for this game. Ancient Egypt could be a really cool place. We have a really cool explanation for how we can do this, and it is with this Animus device that allows us to go to anytime in history.”

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Given the typical demands of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, namely famous faces playing out infamous conflicts, the best bet for any Ancient Egyptian-set outing is likely to be around 30BC, i.e. the dawn of Roman rule in Egypt. Starring the likes of Cleopatra, Marc Anthony, Julius Caesar, Augustus, Brutus and Cassius, and revolving around the doomed love affair of the former three parties, the plot would leave plenty of room for assassination, intrigue and full-scale conflict.

Interestingly, the wider Assassin’s Creed timeline already takes many of these events into consideration, naming Caesar a Templar tyrant, and his slayers as members of the early Assassin’s Order.

Where would you like to see the Assassin’s Creed series head next? Is the animus device the greatest narrative conceit in all of gaming? Have your say in the comments below, and be sure to check out Assassin’s Creed 4‘s pre-launch loot right here.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag arrives on October 29th 2013, for Xbox 360, Wii U and PlayStation 3 platforms. Xbox One & PS4 versions are slated to debut alongside their respective consoles.

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Source: Examiner

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  1. going to Egypt would be different … different is good

  2. at some point i’d love to see the industrial revolution

  3. Egypt sounds really good I liked uncharted 3 when parts of it touched on those types of environment, but i find this franchise has a terrible AI and one that can’t get used to looking at.

  4. I would like to see World War 1.

  5. I would like to see an update on Connor. I want to see him travel to Europe, and get involved in the French Revolution. I would also like for him to perhaps travel to Italy to learn about the Assassin Brotherhood and perhaps learn the truth about Ezio and the First Civilization.

  6. OMG, I’ve always wanted to have an Assassin’s Creed game in an ancient desert!

  7. That’s funny. Just last year Ubisoft stated Egypt is one of the worst settings for an AC game.

  8. Seems to me current Egypt sounds more like an Assassin/Templar tiff

  9. I want to see prehistoric AC where your assassin is a caveman and you climb dinosaurs. Yup.

  10. you know what they should do.

    instead of making an ancient Egypt game they should make an ancient Mediterranean game!

    then the play could visit ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, and other places!!!

    there would be plenty of diversity. and they could do some sort of navel combat in that setting too (but there wouldn’t be a focus on it).

  11. Yes! Yes! Yes!!! That’s what I wanted to see! An ANCIENT adventure in the wonderful Ancient Egypt! That would be the most different sequel since Assassin’s Creed 2 (still the best by far). I just hope they make a new assassin from our time to replace Desmond Miles and use Rebecca’s Animus 2.0.

  12. Why not have this new Assassin lets go back before desmonds death… say Clay or Daniel Cross?

  13. Egypt would be very awesome. But I would love to see Adam and Eve, for themain reason of wanting to know what properly happened, and to see complete creativity.
    Same goes for prehistoric times, that would be extremely awesome.

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