While the Assassin’s Creed series might have lost a majority of its storyline luster over the years, there’s no denying that fans still get a kick out of its period setting. Every game brings with it a new area to explore, and the maps have only gotten bigger as the years progress.
2020 will bring Assassin’s Creed back after a two-year gap, but fans have already started making their wish lists over which location we will be dropped in. As the century within which the games are set is vital to the presentation of the environment, this list contains both the years we want the game to be set in and the areas that will be featured.
10 Ancient Rome
Funnily enough, we’ve seen Rome in the Assassin’s Creed series twice by now. In fact, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood was set exclusively in Rome, but it was Assassin’s Creed Origins’ version of Rome that piqued our interest.
Here, the small part of Ancient Rome that we saw clearly reflected a whole world of difference from the one Ezio visited in the future. Of course, having Ancient Rome opens up the opportunity to play gladiatorial levels right in the heart of the Colosseum. This is an opportunity we just can’t miss, and hopefully the series visits the city in all its ancient glory.
9 1500 Aztec Empire
In order to get a feel of the turmoil within the Aztec Empire, the game has to set itself near the end of its civilization. The Aztecs had an entire separate colony of its own, despite having lived relatively recently; this will be perfect for a story where a character from outside integrates themselves within this community.
In Assassin’s Creed Origins, we had the Egyptian pyramids to explore; the Aztec setting will ensure there’s a new level of culture introduced to the player. Along with that, there’s the chance to understand how the Aztec economy worked, and everyone knows people learn more about history from Assassin’s Creed than they do in school.
8 1337-1453 France
For those who don’t know, this specific timeline was chosen by us because it went down in history as the Hundred Years’ War. This conflict lasted over a century between France and England, bringing with it several figures who have now been immortalized as legends.
Chief among them is one Joan of Arc, who will be the best character to follow. Assassin’s Creed Unity totally ruined its French setting by making it more about the lame love story of Arno rather than the country, and heading back in the past will make France stand out as a worthy place to explore with a lot of authenticity injected into it.
7 1347-1351 Europe
The Black Death was a major pandemic that wiped out half the population of Europe back in the day. Its remnants were seen in the Ezio Trilogy, where the doctors wore masks to prevent themselves falling prey to the disease.
However, Assassin’s Creed should dive right into the pandemic and span the next game across the entire continent. The main portion of the game should be set within the major cities, while some missions could be set within the smaller towns. Having the protagonist travel from one country to another will keep things fresh by adding in different characters, and also drive home the decimation within the cities due to the plague.
6 356 BCE Macedonia
Alexander the Great was undefeated in battle and died under mysterious circumstances. This gives us the setting for what would be the greatest format for an Assassin’s Creed game yet: Play as the assassin who killed Alexander.
Ideally, the game would be set in Macedon, where Alexander grew up. This would open up the player to explore the world as it was before Alexander’s conquests began, and we just might have Aristotle as a supporting character. Like it was in Assassin’s Creed III, the setting will offer players battlefields to head on out and fight in a war.
5 7th Century Babylon
The most developed city of the ancient world was Babylon. At two points in history, Babylon was the most populous city on the planet, which instantly makes it a map that would be the largest one we would see in an Assassin’s Creed game.
As technological advances were a thing of commonality at the time, we can have the protagonist use new weapons as part of his assignments within the creed. Most of all, the Hanging Gardens would be a thing of beauty to visit, and the 7th century setting will have the game’s story explain why the city fell.
4 1947 India-Pakistan
For those who don’t know, India and Pakistan gained independence in 1947 after a British occupation of the territory for over two centuries. During the time of independence, great leaders in Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mahatma Gandhi came forward, and Assassin’s Creed has actually tread these waters before.
In Assassin’s Creed II, glyphs “explained” that Gandhi used an Apple of Eden to gain his following, so we have an established story to visit. The major cities of Karachi and Delhi would be wonderful backdrops to showcase the difference between the Pakistani and Indian cultures.
3 1200 Feudal Japan
You won’t find any Assassin’s Creed fan who doesn’t want to play as a samurai. The shogunate of Japan were the de facto rulers of the country for several centuries, and their reign began near the end of the 12th century.
This puts 1200 as the ideal year to visit the Shogun-occupied country; the prospect of wielding samurai swords along with the usual hidden blade is a mouthwatering one. Japan also has a rich history across the thousands of archipelagos it has, so we could see a Black Flag style of gameplay where we visit several islands in the map.
2 1939-1945 Europe
You know where we’re going with this - World War II has to be on the horizon for Assassin’s Creed. 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the conflict having ended, and that would make it gaming’s tribute toward those who fought and were martyred.
We don’t have any specific need for the protagonist’s nationality, but the game needs to encompass all of Europe to highlight the severity of the World War. It was an altogether different continent back then, and places that are tourists' spots in the 21st century will be seen in the heat of war.
1 8th Century Scandinavia
The Viking Age is the odds-on favorite to be the setting for the 2020 Assassin’s Creed game, and that would be a nice change from the ancient settings we’ve had from the previous two installments.
Scandinavian culture is one that has sparked interest within the gaming community due to the perceived savagery of these people. War cries, battle axes, and Nordic ships are what the gaming fanbase are hoping to step into when the nest game has us inside the Viking world. As it was with Origins, there will be both land-based missions and sea exploration for the player; God of War showed us there was a lot of untapped potential in the Viking world, and Assassin’s Creed should make full use of this opportunity.