‘Assassin’s Creed’ Won’t Revisit Connor’s Story; Modern Day Setting Unlikely

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Assassins Creed Wont Revisit Connor

Sorry Assassin’s Creed 3 fans, but it looks like Connor’s story will not be receiving the same type of closure that Ezio and Altair’s stories did. This according to Ubisoft’s Lead Writer Darby McDevitt, who revealed that there are currently no plans to wrap up, or revisit, the Connor story.

While Connor wasn’t exactly the most compelling character seen in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, there were still elements worth exploring in a future experience — be it an additional game, a novelization, or film. Unfortunately, the mostly negative reaction to Connor as a character, especially when compared to Ezio Auditore di Firenze, seems to have turned Ubisoft off to the idea.

When asking about a Connor epilogue, one Reddit user cited the live-action film Embers, which provided a conclusion to Ezio’s story, as one way Ubisoft could do it. However, McDevitt was quick to nix the idea by explaining the amount of time it took to make Embers, but he wouldn’t rule out a future live-action effort either.

“Not at this time. Embers took [six] months to make. [I]t was a big project, and beloved by all, but those teams are busy with other things right now. But we loved the project, so maybe we’ll go that route again one day.”

Additionally, McDevitt squashed fans’ hopes that the Assassin’s Creed franchise might ever make it to the modern day, showing the Templar/Assassin battle in a contemporary open world. McDevitt cites the amount of mechanics Ubisoft would need to consider as a major obstacle to any modern day setting, specifically getting all of those moving parts right.

“I doubt we would do a modern day AC. There are just too many mechanics we would have to develop to make it [believable] … vehicles, plausible modern cities, a huge array of ranged weapons, etc. The modern day will most likely remain as a ‘context’ for all future games, something to tie them all together.”

While Assassin’s Creed 3 did feature some modern day exploration, it was fairly linear. If Ubisoft were to approach the modern day world in the same way they do the Caribbean in Assassin’s Creed 4, for example, there would presumably be a lot more time and effort required.

Luckily, Ubisoft has Watch_Dogs, which offers an open world experience set in a modern day, to fill that void. Granted, there’s a decided lack of verticality in Watch_Dogs, but the two are apparently connected so there’s no reason not to think some type of crossover might occur.

Watch Dogs Open World Gameplay Video

The entire Reddit AMA with McDevitt, Game Director Ashraf Ismail, and Lead Multiplayer Designer Tim Browne is a fascinating read. It delves into the decision not to put player in control of Desmond in the game, a controversial choice among AC fans, and provides some interesting insight as to how Assassin’s Creed 4‘s “outside the Animus” experience could better inform the in-Animus stuff.

As well, the Ubisoft devs had quite the scathing review for their current-gen development experience, saying that working with current-gen hardware was “nightmarish.” Comparatively, working with next-gen hardware, the PS4 and the Xbox One, has been “easy.”

While we don’t know what’s in store for the Assassin’s Creed franchise next year, we can cross two potential items off the list: revisiting Connor and a modern day setting. That leaves only about 3,000 years (give or take a couple thousand) that Ubisoft could cover.

Or are there clues in Assassin’s Creed 4 as to where the Assassin’s Creed series will go next? There definitely are clues, but they might be red herrings.

Do you think it’s smart of Ubisoft do avoid a modern day setting for Assassin’s Creed? Would you like to have seen more of Connor’s story?

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is available now for the PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360, and will be available November 15th for the PS4, November 19th for the PC, and November 22nd for the Xbox One.

Source: Reddit

TAGS: Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed 4, Ubisoft

  • jeremy

    As much as I would like to see a modern day I can see how that would be difficult to do in great detail. I still think they should do a game set in either China or Russia.

  • http://www.sspewings.tumblr.com SgtWoegerfenning

    Despite what they said I think it may be possible for them to make a modern day AC game eventually. All the new mechanics could be tested out or newly implemented in other AC games leading up to the modern day setting, like how the use of guns have been introduced and evolved from the hidden wrist-pistol of Ezio to the rifles in III and now the pistols in IV they could further evolve their fighting mechanics to skew more towards ranged combat than sword play as the games’ timelines move toward more recent dates. They could do the same with vehicles, like the ships in III and IV they could bring in cars as a little side-feature in a future game where we may have someone like Henry Ford as a Leonardo da Vinci type character, to have them expand on the feature in the next game and so on until they get everything “just right” and have the players used to all the new things and then break out into a full on modern day setting. This is probably just wishful thinking on my part but I’d like to see a game franchise evolve in this kind of way.

  • Jerry

    Why do people want a modern day AC? Aren’t there enough modern games out there? All the first person shooters and 3rd person games like Uncharted, The Last of Us, Gears of War etc. I can keep going.

    AC is about historical fantasy. That’s a huge draw for these games. Not everyone likes guns and modern day scenarios.

    Please keep AC grounded in history.

  • Rabbit93

    I think if they were to go the modern day route maybe do something along the lines of the show Revolution.

  • Brent

    I’d like to see the Assassin’s win a major victory in one of them. In the usual games its basically one guy systematically dismantling the Templar plot, eventually killing one of the top scheming guys, but its still a small victory. 1300’s France would be a good one since it was during that time that all but a few Templar Knights were killed (perhaps in the game the Assassin’s could use a Templar strategy to get an Assassin in power to issue that order to wipe out the Templars). Its been mentioned that after that point the Templars go underground just like the Assassins.

    Or 1917 Russia. Because a burly angry Russian in a Trench coat with a hood climbing the Kremlin during a winter storm would be badass (and they could include a bit of Nikola Tesla).

    Just please make the series go back to making the Templars actual villains and making the Assassins actually organized for once. Im tired of the blurred moral line between the 2 groups and how the Assassin’s are no longer actually organized (ie Conner is the only one on the continent and Edward just kills one and steals his robes). If they went back to the way it was for previous games (where the Assassins had a safe haven and included more than 1 person) and where the main plot was a Templar scheme instead of a giant solar flare, that would be great