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10 More Interesting Time Periods for Assassin’s Creed (Gametrailers)

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    10 More Interesting Time Periods for Assassin’s Creed (Gametrailers)


    The Assassin’s Creed series is a rare breed. Not only does it allow players to fulfill their subconscious need to end virtual lives but it also fulfills the needs of their inner history geek. Its picture-perfect recreations of long, lost civilizations are about as close as it gets to using a time machine. It's done Italy and the Northeastern United States, but there are plenty of other places that could ultimately work even better within its framework.

    [top]10. The Industrial Revolution


    The rise of the machines (the one that didn’t involve Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the late 18th and early 19th centuries could present some interesting plot points and stealth missions for the Assassin Order.
    This was a time when adult and child workers who slaved away in the factories of the textile and agricultural industries had little to no labor rights. They were forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions for ridiculously low amounts of money. Just imagine the good that a blade-wielding assassin could do for his fellow man against some greedy factory owner who puts profits ahead of lives. The steam punk setting is just sitting there on the tee, Ubisoft. Pull out your driver and whack it.

    [top]9. China’s Ming Dynasty


    The Great Wall of China might be one of the "Great Wonders of the World" but it’s also one of the least utilized landmarks in video games. In fact, only a handful of games come to mind and one of them is a "Simpsons" game for the NES.
    If the gaming industry truly wants to pay its respects to this man-made marvel, the team behind the Assassin’s Creed games are definitely the ones who should do it. Of course, it took years and three Chinese dynasties to build the wall so nailing down a specific time period might be tricky. If it were up to us, the Ming Dynasty would be on the top of the list. Not only did this dynasty spend the most time and effort building and renovating the wall, it would also provide the most interesting opportunities for plots and missions such as the rise of Japanese pirates, Europe’s trade expansion across the region and the beginnings of its famed Forbidden City. Admit it, we had you at “pirates vs. assassins” and obviously the naval combat is already there.

    [top]8. The Fall of the Roman Empire


    It seems such a shame that the Assassin’s Creed series had to start so far away from the start of A.D. They really missed a chance to explore some very interesting chunks of history. We don’t mean they had to go back to the latter part of the Cretaceous period, even though the thought of assassins fighting velociraptors is about as cool as it gets.
    If the developers went a little farther back in their “Wayback Machines,” they should have given Rome’s decline and collapse some serious consideration. Granted, the series has done Italy quite well already, but the story of a mighty superpower spiraling out of control would provide some interesting conflicts. Any Sim City player will tell you that building a civilization is just half the fun but the other half is unleashing a catastrophe on it and watching it burn.

    [top]7. The Peloponnesian War


    If you’re into watching civilizations crumble as the mighty hand of history plows into them like a semi running over Wile E. Coyote, you can’t go wrong with Greece. Hell, you don’t even have to look that far back into history to watch it happen. Just flip on CNN and wait for their "world" segment to air.
    The epic battle between the Athenians and the Spartans, however, would make an excellent backdrop for the Assassin’s Creed series. It features years of bloody, hand-to-hand conflicts and fantastic stories of treachery, revolution and political upheaval. Just the prospect of teaming up with the Spartans is enough to separate our wallets from 60 bones.

    [top]6. The Napoleonic Era


    Believe it or not, there was a time when France was much more than just a synonym for “surrender” or a punchline in Larry the Cable Guy’s act.
    France's military history contains stories of great power and strength. In fact, America wouldn’t exist today without France's help at the Battle of Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. The rise of its most infamous, self-appointed “Emperor” would make a good target for the assassins. His imposing stature and military strength could provide some interesting obstacles for the game as players try to navigate their way through massive battles and revolutionist uprisings leading to his inevitable defeat and exile…or so the “history books” tell us. The game's unique historical fiction angle could also offer a more valid explanation for how Napoleon’s, um, little dictator “abdicated” following his death.

    [top]5. The French Revolution


    Of course, if you’re going to make Napoleon into a video game villain, it would be impossible to create an effective one without first exploring the revolution that paved the path to his rise to power.
    The feudal oppression that plagued 18th century France and led to the famous storming of the Bastille would certainly make for an interesting Assassin’s Creed experience. Much like in Assassin's Creed III, the presence of the imposing French prison could create all sorts of fun stealth and rescue missions as players attempt to weaken its defenses to help the revolutionaries raid its weapons cache or free the wrongly imprisoned. Assassins could also fight alongside the struggling proletariat as they attempt to bring their landlords and leaders to task leading up to King Louis XVI’s famous removal as head of state (insert rim-shot here).

    [top]4. The British Raj of India


    It wasn’t that long ago in the annals of history that the British Empire ruled nearly a third of the entire world. Their infamous grip on large portions of India would easily make for an awesome Assassin’s Creed experience.
    The British Raj ("raj" is the Hindi word for “reign”) lasted almost an entire century following the fall of the East India Company, the world’s chief exporter of goodies such as cotton and tea. Great Britain’s grip on the region is full of deep, dark stories of oppression and royal rule. Imagine being an assassin in the middle of these widespread mutinies as you attempt to weaken an empire from within its ranks. It’s almost worth not falling asleep in a history of world economics class just to learn more about it.

    [top]3. World War II’s European Theater


    Gaming has relied on “The War” for many of its signature games. So much so that there was a minor mutiny among players about five years ago when it became saturated. Some attempted to accurately recreate the global conflict like in Brothers in Arms . Others use it as the backdrop for more fictional fare like the Wolfenstein games. Why not combine the two?
    Putting ancient assassins into an epic battle that relied on long range artillery and nuclear weapons might seem more counterproductive than bringing a slingshot to a gunfight. However, the assassins teaming up with the Allied Powers could provide an interesting angle to the fight. More importantly, it could provide players with the opportunity to kill Adolph Hitler with their bare hands. Sold.

    [top]2. The American Civil War


    Now that the Assassin’s Creed series has jumped into one of America’s most important historical periods, it seems destined to jump into another one of America's most defining moments.
    It would be most interesting to see how Ubisoft’s team takes a long look at one of the nation’s most destructive and divisive conflicts. The events of the Civil War are full of interesting characters and events that would provide a ton of unique and varied challenges as the assassins fight for the freedom of their fellow man. If anything, joining up the “vampire hunting” Abraham Lincoln would make for one of the most epic team-ups in gaming history.

    [top]1. The Future


    Looking at Webster's, you might not consider "the future" to technically be part of “history." One of America’s greatest presidents would beg to differ. John F. Kennedy famously said, “History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.” If you’re still a doubter, we would love to see you try and debate JFK on that. Just ask Richard Nixon how that turned out for him.
    Of course, not even the history buffs at Ubisoft can predict the future with any degree of accuracy but it would be fun to watch them try. Sure, Desmond's present day still seems a bit ahead in time, but we're talking about space ships and lasers here. Star Wars crossed with Assassin's Creed? Hopefully it's not too good to be true.
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    ming dynasty would be an awesome choice for me
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    I'd prefer the end of the Han Dynasty (the setting for the Romance of the Three Kingdoms).

    Having just completed a unit on The French Revolution and Napoleonic Europe, I can say that The French Revolution (1789) would be excellent. The Napoleonic wars, not so much. The Rise of Napoleon could work. He actually encountered the Hassassins during his campaign in Egypt.

    The American Civil War would be excellent - perhaps a freed slave joining the Assassins.

    The Peloponnesian War would not work.

    An Assassin's Creed game based in Rome would be awesome - Caesar would make an excellent villain. The only problem is that the Assassins did not actually exist at this time... (I think)

    I'd also add The Thirty Years' War and Eighty Years' War in Europe (a time of tremendous social and religious upheaval littered with important figures) that culminated in the Treaty of Westphalia.


    What I would also like to see is a game series based around The Templars - So many possibilities!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faust View Post
    I'd prefer the end of the Han Dynasty (the setting for the Romance of the Three Kingdoms).

    Having just completed a unit on The French Revolution and Napoleonic Europe, I can say that The French Revolution (1789) would be excellent. The Napoleonic wars, not so much. The Rise of Napoleon could work. He actually encountered the Hassassins during his campaign in Egypt.

    The American Civil War would be excellent - perhaps a freed slave joining the Assassins.

    The Peloponnesian War would not work.

    An Assassin's Creed game based in Rome would be awesome - Caesar would make an excellent villain. The only problem is that the Assassins did not actually exist at this time... (I think)
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    Id be happy with most of those choices. Nothing about world war 1 or 2 tho, im sick of hearing bout that crap -.-

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Secret Society View Post
    ming dynasty would be an awesome choice for me
    Absolutely this.
    or any Asian time period. would love to be able to use a Katana type weapon.

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    The Peloponnesian War
    It may bring people to somehow know something about the long.....long greek history and civilization!
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    Ubisoft have already said it's a no no, and I have no idea why too as it's such a brilliant setting, Ancient Egypt during the reign of king Tutankhamun and the 18th dynasty!
    Your transport would be a camel, you could scale pyramids (which could also be Assassin's tombs for you to explore, they could just use that underground layout from ACIII and expand upon it), you could translate Hieroglyphics to locate treasure locations, there would be many statues of worship replicating the many Gods of that time like Anubis and Horus, the frontier-like area could be a huge section of the Sahara desert, there is so much to do in this era, and it's completely fresh, there is pretty much no games set in Egypt!
    They could also make some sort of Halloween spin-off DLC or something where mummies rise from dead!

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    The AC series definitely needs to stick to a European landscape. As good as the Frontier is, (relatively) modernized America is no setting for an Assassin.

    Victorian England, the French Revolution (though they should be wary of ANOTHER revolution), perhaps a Spanish assassin could freshen the flow. Wonderful architecture all throughout Europe. I'd love to see the series return there.

    That said, nothing would've been better than an actual conclusion to the Assassin's Creed story with AC3, and for Ubisoft to just leave it there instead of further milking the obvious cash cow the series has become.

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    As long as it's not in the Future, I'm pretty sure it would be cool where/whenever it is.

    I agree with Jack though, Victorian England would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trains View Post
    Ubisoft have already said it's a no no, and I have no idea why too as it's such a brilliant setting, Ancient Egypt during the reign of king Tutankhamun and the 18th dynasty!
    Your transport would be a camel, you could scale pyramids (which could also be Assassin's tombs for you to explore, they could just use that underground layout from ACIII and expand upon it), you could translate Hieroglyphics to locate treasure locations, there would be many statues of worship replicating the many Gods of that time like Anubis and Horus, the frontier-like area could be a huge section of the Sahara desert, there is so much to do in this era, and it's completely fresh, there is pretty much no games set in Egypt!
    They could also make some sort of Halloween spin-off DLC or something where mummies rise from dead!
    This would be a awesome setting for a AC game, nice one Trains


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    Yeah, an ancient Egypt setting would be koo, with aliens demonstrating how the pyramids were built!

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    Ancient Egypt with Pharaoh Akhenaten, some believe he was alien, probably would tie with the story pretty well too.

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    I think Dark Ages Briton would be an awesome time period , after the Romans left the region fell into darkness and would be cool to try and tell what caused this .
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    Quote Originally Posted by xEl_Cidx View Post
    Yeah, an ancient Egypt setting would be koo, with aliens demonstrating how the pyramids were built!
    but in an AC setting it wouldn't be Aliens but rather The First Civilization/Those who came before, aliens would be too far fetched for the series IMO anyway.


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    All the above time periods would kick ass. I think maybe an assassin during the rise of Hitler in Germany would be fun having him fail to kill Adolf at the end. Wouldn't be straight WW2 but still connected. Or maybe a Viking who becomes an Assassin then travels to England to kick some ass.. Just two things I think would be cool personally..
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    Some great ideas here, particularly like the idea of the Ming dynasty or something in Victorian England

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrunch View Post
    Some great ideas here, particularly like the idea of the Ming dynasty or something in Victorian England
    Victorian England sounds like a perfect setting for the next AC game.

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