Assassin’s Creed Empire Protagonist: 4 Possibilities for the New Hero

Who will done the assassin’s hood in Assassin’s Creed Empire?

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Word broke earlier this week on 4chan that the Assassin’s Creed series, which has seen annual entries released very year since 2009, will be taking break in 2016. But when Assassin’s Creed comes back next year, it’s going to have a completely new setting in ancient Egypt and go by the title Assassin’s Creed Empire. At least that’s according to the rumor mill. Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft has so far declined to comment on the rumors.
But Ubisoft is also notorious for leaking information about games before they’re announced. The final game might not be called Assassin’s Creed Empire, but we’re willing to bet that we’ll soon hear official confirmation about an Assassin’s Creed game set in ancient Egypt. The director of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is even on record saying he would like to do a sequel set in ancient Egypt. The only question then is what will the new protagonist be like?

4. A Slave

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Is this our first look at the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed Empire?

The best Assassin’s Creed protagonists, Ezio in Assassin’s Creed II and Edward Kenway in Black Flag, rose from somewhat humble beginnings to become great leaders in the Assassin Order. If the star of Assassin’s Creed Empire is a slave or former slave, he could continue that tradition and hopefully make for a compelling protagonist. The title Empire (which may just be a code name) also infers that the main character will be instrumental in building the Egyptian Empire or his own kingdom. It’s possible that you may begin the game as a slave, but end it as a pharaoh.

Also, it totally looks like one of those famous Ubisoft leaks exposed the idea that the protagonist will be a slave. A video from 2013 showed off a now-cancelled game code named Osiris that had large crowd scenes in an Egyptian setting and looks very similar to what the next Assassin’s Creed could end up being.

3. A Reluctant Pharaoh

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And why not make the protagonist Steve Martin too? He could use the work.

Just because Osiris might indicate the direction Ubisoft is taking with Assassin’s Creed Empire, that doesn’t mean that the developer hasn’t changed direction since then, or will do something radically different in the next two years before release. The concept of starting off as a slave and working your way up to pharaoh is interesting, but it’s too obvious and really not that different from what’s been done in games like Fable III.
Plus, all the previous Assassin’s Creed games have been about rising to power to some extent. Why not cut out the middle man and start off as a pharaoh in the next game? You could play as a young man who must assume the throne soon after his father dies. By day you manage the affairs of your new empire and plan its growth. By night you hop along the rooftops of buildings in Cairo in search of Assassin treasure and information to protect your empire.

2. A Religious Figure

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Press “X” to part the Red Sea.

The overarching plot of Assassin’s Creed has been a mess for years now, but there have always been strong religious overtones in the series, ever since the first entry when it was revealed that you were searching for a literal piece of the Garden of Eden. Setting the game in ancient Egypt opens the door for the inclusion of all sorts of Old Testament figures like Moses. It seems kind of silly, but playing as the prophet Moses isn’t completely out of the question. After all, he was a prince who led the slaves. That could fit in with the theme of empire building. Of course, actually playing as a biblical character might be too controversial for Ubisoft. Still, don’t be surprised if Moses shows up in the storyline as a key ally or as a bit of stealth-heavy DLC. According to glyphs in Assassin’s Creed II, Moses was the first human to possess a staff of Eden, so his inclusion would be canonical.

1. The Series’ First True Female Protagonist

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Is it even possible to stand on a rooftop without posing like Spider-Man?

So technically Assassin’s Creed already had a female protagonist with Liberation, but that was originally a Vita-exclusive side story of Assassin’s Creed III and reviews of the console port didn’t exactly set the world on fire. One of Syndicate’s two playable characters was female, but that only half counts. She’s not even on the boxart, so Ubisoft has yet to build one of their main Assassin’s Creed game around a female lead. Regardless of whether Ubisoft wanted to tell the story of a slave or a member of the royal family, making the main character a woman could lead to a much more interesting story. Imagine being a young princess who sees the evil in her brother as he begins to take power and works behind the scenes as an assassin to overthrow him. That would be a completely new take on the series, and true to the back-stabbing nature of ancient Egyptian politics.

What do you think the Assassin’s Creed Empire protagonist will be like? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, or tweet them to us at @NewRockstars!