If Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood creative director Patrice DÃ©silets' grunting and expletive-laced impersonation of Nolan North is to be believed, then the ending of ACII: Brotherhood is . . . well . . . it's a "motherf***er". However, the ending of the AC2 continuation seems to be the least of our concerns, as in the same article DÃ©silets commented on the future of the Assassin's Creed series by disparaging a popular opinion that a mid-twentieth century European setting might be cool.
"I don't see why we would do a World War II setting. We could do it, it would be fine. Like, let's go assassinate Hitler. But really?"
Seeing as that Assassin's Creed seems to dabble in fantastical as opposed to revisionist history, that timeline seems to be fraught with possible incongruities. On top of any chronological implications, Inglourious Basterds kind of already hit that idea. Thus far in the series, Assassin's Creed has shown a penchant for original settings and DÃ©silets indicates that trend will continue moving forward.
"I ask myself, how many games can we make in World War II? That's maybe the only [setting] I'd say is not interesting to me."
And although fans of the series have also requested a samurai/ninja entry, DÃ©silets seems a little torn on issue:
"I know everyone's asking for a Japanese 'Assassin's Creed,' but I've been talking to some Japanese people and they're like, 'Don't do it. We do our own historical thing.' I've been fighting a lot saying it's not going to be a ninja, but then I'm like, why not?"
I'll tell you why not, DÃ©silets: because ninjas are old hat. That's right, I said it. The coolest thing about the Assassin's Creed series has been the set pieces. Who knew that pushing soldiers off of rooftops in Damascus could be such a blast? Why is the architecture in Assassin's Creed II one of the best parts of the experience? Assassin's Creed III should ignore its fans clamoring for been-there, done-that ninjas and bring us something new, exciting and original. If I want ninjas, I'll play Ninja Gaiden. I go to Assassin's Creed when I want to play as someone who's more badass than I ever would have expected.
Of course, since DÃ©silets is no longer with Ubisoft, it's possible that Assassin's Creed III will feature a World War II ninja protagonist, but I hope that's not the case. Let me play in 17th century Russia during the Moscow Uprising or in 18th century France during the Revolution or in the 19th century U.S. during the Mexican-American War. Give me originality or give me death! I mean, I guess I'll get one of those two things either way, but I'm really pulling for both.
Do you like the idea of playing as a ninja assassin in the Assassin's Creed universe? Which time period and events would you most like to see in ACIII?
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will be stabbing necks on 11/16/2010.