After stumbling with Unity, the Assassin’s Creed series looks to be back on track with Syndicate, but there are a few ways it could get even better…
Ubisoft has been pumping out Assassin’s Creed games on an annual basis since Assassin’s Creed II in 2009, and despite a couple stumbles (most notably 2012’s third chapter and last year’s Unity), those games have added new gameplay mechanics that have been pretty great. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, released at the end of last week, surprisingly fixed a lot of the problems with Unity, and has been praised as a true next-gen AC game. That means that another entry in the long-running franchise is almost guaranteed to hit next year. Another game set in Victorian London or medieval Europe could be just as good as Syndicate, but if Ubisoft really wants to get ambitious, here are five ideas for the next Assassin’s Creed setting and gameplay that could push the next Assassin’s Creed to true greatness.
1. The American Civil War
Yes, Ubisoft already made an Assassin’s Creed game set in America, and no, it wasn’t much fun. But Colonial America and Civil War America are two very different time periods. Putting the next Assassin’s Creed setting in Washington, D.C. during the time of Lincoln would give gamers a large, tightly-packed city to explore, similar to what they’re used to from past games in the series. And instead of putting you in the barren country with nothing to do but hunt wild animals, trips outside the city in a Civil War game could take you to battlefields, with tons of opportunities to sneak between camps or take on legions of of soldiers at a time. Then there could be the ultimate assassination in the game’s climax: A race against the clock to stop Templar John Wilkes Booth from killing President Lincoln.
Given that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate takes place in 1868, the gameplay wouldn’t even change very much. You could still wield brass knuckles and a cane sword and travel the world with the rope launcher, but the setting would be much more exciting than anything the series has seen in years.
2. The Modern World
This is another setting that has excited a lot of fan since the first game when it seemed like Desmond’s story might end with him learning all the skills necessary to be an assassin and fight the templars in the modern world in the conclusion of the trilogy. Instead, we got a game set in a surprisingly boring take on colonial America. The AC games have dabbled with levels set in the modern era, but have rarely given you all the tools you have while playing as ancient assassins like Altair and Ezio. A game set completely in the 2010s would have to give you all of those skills, though not necessarily modern technology. Think of a third-person Mirror’s Edge that would emphasize disarming foes over gunplay. And while Assassin’s Creed Syndicate took advantage of the industrial setting by letting players fight and engage in parkour chases on carriages, imagine how a modern game could capitalize on that feature by letting you chase and fight foes on the tops of cars and buses in a modern city like Dubai or Hong Kong.