3. Feudal Japan
Assassin’s Creed fans have been clamoring for a game set in feudal Japan for years now for one simple reason: Samurai. No triple-A game has let players step into the boots of a samurai. To race across the roofs of Japan’s unique temples and shrines and set up the perfect assassination of a target – that’s a thrill the Assassin’s Creed series is tailer made to deliver. Placing the follow-up to Assassin’s Creed Syndicate in this era would be perfect, too, since Syndicate finally sped up AC’s notoriously methodic combat system. A sequel where you play as a samurai doing the bidding of his lord could capitalize on this with lightning fast duels against rivals samurai. There is some concern that a game set in Japan might not work with the game’s storyline, which has mainly focused on Europe, but AC hasn’t really had a coherent story besides, “Find the information assassins and templars are after,” since abandoning Desmond Miles’ storyline at the end of Assassin’s Creed III.
4. Ancient Egypt
As great as Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is, its left behind some of the best gameplay mechanics of previous AC games, including the ability to call on other assassins and direct them in battle, which the series experimented with in the solid Brotherhood and Revelations games. The sequel to Syndicate could keep its great graphics, faster combat, and travel mechanics but re-focus on the ability to command other assassins. Imagine leading a slave rebellion against a templar pharaoh in a colorful version of Egypt where the pyramids and sphinx glisten in the hot sun. Of all the ideas on this list, this one might actually be the closest to happening.
5. China’s Three Kingdoms Period
There have actually been a lot of video games set in China’s warring Three Kingdoms period, which lasted from about 220-280 AD, but pretty much all of them have come from Tecmo Koei, and they’ve either been mind-numbingly simple button-mashers in the Dynasty Warriors series, or Romance of the Three Kingdoms games, which are so complicated that many technically require a Master’s Degree in Chinese history to complete. Neither have really done the time period justice, but the political intrigue and numerous assassinations that took place throughout the era would make it a prime choice for the next AC game to explore. And the more exciting time period alone pretty much guarantees that it would be better than Assassin’s Creed other half-hearted trip to China.
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