Intel files found in the Jack the Ripper DLC for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate hint that Ubisoft is considering updating future games in the franchise with a new modern day protagonist.
Ever since Assassin’s Creed III ended Desmond’s tale, the last several games in the franchise have moved away from having a dedicated protagonist during the modern day story segments. Instead, these gameplay moments have not only gotten briefer, but they’ve put the focus on the player acting as the protagonist thanks to a first person viewpoint. The player’s task was essentially the same, acting as an employee of Abstergo Entertainment (a front for the “evil” Templars) while relaying information back to the Assassin’s who were helping the player along.
Thanks to some intel files found in the recently released Jack the Ripper DLC for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, it appears that Ubisoft could be moving back to a dedicated protagonist character during the modern day setting for the next Assassin’s Creed game.
Assassin’s Creed Community Manager Andrien Gbinigie recently put out a video with all of the six Assassin intel files, giving players a better look at the potential future direction the fictional group appears to be moving in. In particular, the third file highlights the group not wanting to continue to involve the Initiates group in any further Assassin activities for fear of putting that untrained group further in the Templar crosshairs. This is significant as the player is a member of the Initiates group led by a character named Bishop, who essentially is the player’s handler during the modern day events of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
This bit of news may also coincide with the recent announcement that Ubisoft has completely shut down the Initiates website. Initially serving as a database of information for the franchise, the website was redesigned in 2014 in order to play a significant role in the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity and Rogue where players could go to create a profile, synchronize previously played games in the series, and unlock exclusive content through a progression system. Unfortunately, the integration never worked as intended thanks in part to an extremely rough launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity and the emphasis on the site was essentially dropped.
It’ll be interesting to see if Ubisoft really does intend to update the modern day story line in future games, as this element has been seemingly taking a bigger backseat to the historical portions with each new release. It’s clear that the modern day story line has some issues, but there are ways to correct it. With the modern day story so integral to the events that transpire in the historical setting of this franchise, it’s doubtful that Ubisoft would opt to simply cut out these segments completely in the next release.
Do you enjoy the first person narrative the last few Assassin’s Creed games have employed or would you rather the series jump back to having a strong lead protagonist to drive the story as we saw in the first batch of games? Let us know below in the comments.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
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