In case you’ve spent the last few years living in a cave with your eyes slammed shut, allow us to inform you that Assassin’s Creed has unarguably hit its stride. With financial and critical success gaining momentum from Assassin’s Creed to Assassin’s Creed 2, completely eclipsed by Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and reaching its peak with Assassins Creed 3, times are good for developer Ubisoft.
But we have to wonder, what’s in store for Assassin’s Creed 4?
This is a re-working of an article we posted after the release of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood on November 18th, 2010. Enjoy!
Ubisoft has shown that historically relevant storytelling is a major priority, but also are promising a much closer look at the modern side of the Assassin/Templar conflict going forward. It would be an understatement to say that the plot of the series is a bit complex, so it will be a relief to have some of the mystery explained, or at least taken in a new direction in the future.
Exact motives and historical accuracy would of course come second to inspired storytelling, since the franchise has prided itself on crafting fiction out of real people and places. With the expanse of history laid out as a potential battlefield for the age-old struggle between the Templars and Assassins, here are the periods in history that we would most love to explore in Assassin’s Creed 4.
#4. The Russian Revolution (1915-1918)
Much of western society now remembers the Bolshevik movement under Vladimir Lenin as simply the beginning steps of communism that led to the foundation of the USSR. What is often overlooked is the years leading up to the fall of Tsar Nicholas II, and the removal of the Imperial Romanov family from power. The struggle for power leading up to the socialist victory in 1918 is full of cunning military officials, despicable enemies like Grigori Rasputin, and a dramatic climax with the Romanov family ultimately meeting a truly tragic end.
Embodying a member of a secret society in turn-of-the-century Moscow would certainly look and feel different from the other titles in the series, and it’s hard to argue that the formative years of the Soviet Union aren’t a breeding ground for intense espionage. And considering what controversial things the developers of the series had to say about the Catholic Church, it’s a safe bet that they wouldn’t shy away from commenting on Russia’s history and current affairs.
We won’t say we want a game that is more a commentary on the global political scene than a great game, but the hidden criticisms of American politics in Brotherhood did set the bar for Ubisoft’s voice. A game set in this time period would certainly be crossing some boundaries due to its modernity, but seeing how Ubisoft would craft the battle between Templars and Assassins using Imperial Russia as a backdrop could be something special.