As many Assassin's Creed fans are well aware, the next installment in the long-running stealth-centric action-adventure franchise will send players to Greece in the sequel subtitled Odyssey, but that hasn't stopped some from speculating as to where Ubisoft will take the series after that. As it so happens, one fan has actually managed to generate a rather plausible theory that AC Odyssey could eventually be followed by an entry that's set in Japan.
As seen in the image below from the Redditor and Assassin's Creed fan known as "DoktahManhattan", it looks as if some signs found in the opening of AC3 make reference to both Origins and Odyssey by displaying the Ancient Egyptians' Eye of Horus symbol and the Omega letter from the Greek alphabet on a wall. What's more is that the two aforementioned markings are followed by a third that depicts what appears to be a symbol for a torii – that is, a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine.
While an Assassin's Creed title set in feudal Japan would almost assuredly please fans, it's important to note that references to the Eastern country have been in the series ever since the start. For instance, players can find a ton of cryptic messages written on the walls, including an allusion to the Japanese island of Yonaguni, the outlines of Mount Fuji, a torii, as well as two Nara-style pagodas.
With this being the case, the placement of the torii in the above image might not be alluding to the Assassin's Creed franchise taking a trip to Japan after Odyssey, even though the order of the symbols definitely projects as much. Whatever the future holds for the property, Ubisoft will understandably remain mum on the issue, especially since the series' next official entry has yet to even release. Thankfully, though, fans won't have to wait much longer to see the publisher and developer's take on Ancient Greece, and experience a map potentially larger than Origins.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is set to release on October 5, 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.