Hasn't ruled out Ezio in space, though.
By Alex Walker on November 8, 2013 at 10:13 am
Darby McDevitt, the lead writer of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, has come out in a Reddit IAmA to douse hopes that the stabby-stabby franchise might make the leap to a modern-day setting.
In a Q&A that included game director Ashraf Ismail and the lead game designer for the multiplayer, Tim Browne, McDevitt said the amount of mechanics required for a modern-day setting would destroy the title’s plausibility. “There are just too many mechanics we would have to develop to make it believeable [sic] … vehicles, plausible modern cities, a huge array of ranged weapons, etc. The modern day will most likely remain as a “context” for all future games, something to tie them all together,” he noted.
The writer also quashed rumours that the ongoing feud between the Assassins and Templars would come to an end any time soon. “Its been going for 80,000 years already. Why stop it now? There will certainly be a resolution to the most recent plot developments, but the overall conflict will probably rage forever,” McDevitt said. In any case, he added that anyone with an “itch” for a modern-day version of Assassin’s Creed would be satisfied when Watch Dogs launches next year.
Where would you like to see Assassin’s Creed go? Personally, I think China would be great, although there’s plenty of history for Ubisoft to trawl through.