‘Assassin’s Creed 3′ Director Calls WW2, Egypt & Japan ‘Boring’ Settings

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When Ubisoft revealed that a senior development team had been toiling away on Assassin’s Creed III for over three years – almost immediately since the conclusion of AC II – it essentially rendered the mass of location speculation (including our own list of desired settings for Assassins Creed III) during the same time frame as all-for-naught wishful thinking.

Nonetheless, we felt that much of the theory and conjecture about the next destination for Assassin’s Creed III actually bolstered enthusiasm for the series as a whole – and served as a genuine reflection of ardor by the game’s diverse fanbase. There aren’t many places you can take Assassin’s Creed that Ubisoft Montreal’s talented design team would fail to mold a fascinating and enthralling piece of historical fiction out of.

According to Ubisoft creative director Alex Hutchinson however, many of the more popular ideas echoed were making him drowsy. Speaking  in an interview to OXM UK, Hutchinson was asked whether or not he had considered certain fan proposals for settings outside of the American Revolution. He then went on to assail a world war, a sovereign nation, and the former feudal empire of a sovereign nation as “boring:”

“People on the internet suggest the most boring settings.

The three most wanted are WWII, feudal Japan and Egypt. They’re kind of the three worst settings for an AC game.”

It’s hard not to be swept up in the current outpouring of hype for the American Revolution – what with all the Assassin’s Creed III trailers; screenshots; and details on gameplay, characters, story, and a new co-op mode emerging in the last month. That being said, it might be a bit of a stretch to consider the three aforementioned alternatives as devoid of any entertainment value.

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Egypt sits in a similar pantheon with Rome (a main setting of Assassin’s Creed II and Brotherhood) as a cultural hotbed of historical significance and architectural majesty, and Feudal Japan was considered to be one of the leading contenders for the AC III setting until the last rumors were dispelled in March (not to mention, it played host to the richly poignant short film Assassin’s Creed: Embers). World War II would indeed present a logistical nightmare – you’re fast-forwarding the story by about 400 years and introducing automatic weapons – but the Templar lore suggests that Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan can’t be ruled out in the future.

Hutchinson isn’t completely closed off to settings outside of the American Revolution though. He did give praise to one country:

“[Assassin’s Creed 3 writer Corey May] really wants to do India. I would too. I’d really love to do the Raj.”

Ranters, the American Revolution hasn’t grown old on us just yet, but are there any other locations that Assassin’s Creed III should have explored? Do you agree with Alex Hutchinson’s assessment that Egypt, Feudal Japan, and World War II are boring?

Assassin’s Creed III releases on October 30, 2012 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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Source OXM UK

TAGS: Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed 3, PC, PS3, Ubisoft

  • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

    I actually think Japan and WW2 would make for AMAZING and aesthetically unique AC games. I’m surprised by his comments.

    WW2 more boring than American Revolution? Huh

  • johnny_boy

    I agree with him. WW2 has been done to death in video games. The American Revolutionary is definitely a great choice and it’s exciting to see the weapons and items that may be a bit before the time.

  • bryan boothroyd

    I agree with alex its hard to find a game based in the american revolution.

    • Garrett

      It isn’t too late to shed a new light on the setting, however. Besides, a lot of the games that visited WWII were (are) FPS. … I’m pretty certain ACIII will not be. It would be cool I think. The automatic weaponry would be very hard to adapt combat around, however.

  • Deric

    Japan seemed like an amazing setting, I just can’t get enough of Total War: Shogun 2 as it is! Playing an AC game there? I’d have a mild heart attack.

    WWII is definitely NOT a boring setting. While I think the American Revolution is definitely an amazing setting, a WWII setting could have served a great purpose for the Assassin vs Templar battle.

  • chrales

    I think the next AC game after AC3 should be WW2

  • SeabeeGR

    i’d have to agree; setting such as WW2 ( way overdone), Egypt ( meh, maybe another time0 and feudal japan would of been good since i thought it might have taken place when ezio was giving last advice with Shao Jun to attempt stabilize a brotherhood with her country.

    • Larry Zhang

      Uh, Shao Jun was Chinese, not Japanese.

  • Motosyko21

    I feel WWII has been done to death. Yeah, Ubisoft could definitely put an interesting spin on it, but I’d rather see a setting not normally picked up on in games, like Napoleon’s French Empire of the early 1800’s, or even WWI.

    • DarthMalnu

      I agree, those would have been awesome. I was also thinking about how cool it would be to hunt Conquistadors in Aztec lands… implying that Cortes was there for a piece of Eden.

      • bean

        Oh yeah great idea mate.. and I suppose Egypt could be boring, the only instability i could think of was during jesus times again. but i thought that it would make for a good female assassin during cleopatra times. Great that there’d be no ww2.. and india? hmm i dunno about a good protagonist, but i know they have good architecture and interesting clothes that may look badass on the protagonist. i dont know much bout wars n stuff there besides the british coming in. seems too close to ac3

      • Motosyko21

        On the Assassin’s Creed Project Legacy Facebook game, the final set of missions available involve the Assassin son of Lucretia Borgia going with Cortez to the Aztecs and obtaining their piece of Eden, a Crystal Skull.

        • DarthMalnu

          No way! Thats awesome. That’ll teach me to scoff at facebook games…

  • DarthMalnu

    They made AC in WW2… it’s called The Saboteur!

  • Jack7

    No WWII. I am sick to death of games set in WWII. But Japan would be so sick. Having to fight a couple of samurai instead of jannissaries would be awesome.

  • Roger C.

    World War II has been done to death. Japan can be done right, and so can Egypt. Why would they be boring? Just because my elitist friend says so? Then why pick such a blatantly commercial, derivative setting like World War II? This is basically Assassin’s Creed: Last of the Mohicans. Who is he kidding?

    • Roger C.

      I meant the REvolutionary War, not WW 2.

  • Joe

    well, if they will not have an assassin in Nazi Germany, why would I bother with this crap? first, AC3 is supposed to feature the main guy more than the rest, but, I hated him from the beginning. now, no good settings? I mean, who cares about India? or Egypt? boring!Attilah the hun and the lot might be somewhat entertaining…

  • Gustav

    I guess they can’t jump around in time, but maybe being an assassin during the viking invasions in south europe?

    Or perhaps a link in the great teuton migration when the huns hunts them into the roman empire?

    Ideas? 😀

  • other andrew

    Its funny to hear people in the comment section to be offended by this.

  • ATG

    I could see Egypt getting boring, but it could also offer a unique back drop. Feudal Japan definitely wouldn’t be boring, I was hoping that was next. WWII?? What? India sounds interesting too, but not better than Japan IMO.

  • JayDogon

    india would make an amazing setting!!! also ancient sumeria/ babylon would make for one hell of an epic and amazing setting!!

  • Rabbit93

    I was thinking about the civil war. Kind of the same similarities to the revolutionary war. I just know more about the civil war.

  • Bangarang

    Yeah, and the 13 Colonies are so dang INTERESTING! *Sarcasm*

  • Boogie

    Not sure why a WWII would be a boring setting.

    Tough, in most every AC game you had melee/sword combat with a mix of some ranged weapons(crosbow/trowing knife/poison dart).

    That would rule out wwII in terms of all weapons are fully automatic guns.

    Would love to see a setting in Egypt, Feudal Japan, india, victory england and i can name a few more place’s where the AC serie could shine:)

    Now we got Unity in france, so i hope london might be the next installment.

  • Micheal

    WWII and feudal japan… Boring? What are they smoking?

  • Trevor

    How about Sparta?