Modern day Assassin’s Creed is “doubtful”, developer says

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

By 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.

22 comments (Leave your own)

They could partner with DICE or Infinity Ward and make a modern day military shooter! with Assassin Creed elements.. or maybe a modern day Assassin’s Creed with modern day shooter elements! Just think …. actually now that I think about it I want to vomit in my mouth.

 

kinkykel,

Tom Clancy’s The Division is basically doing just that! :)

IF the gameplay shown at E3 is anything to go by, it will game of the year!! :)

 

piedude,

Yeah, that’s one game I definitely have my eye on.

 

Watch dogs is basically like modern day AC. It coul4d3 even plausibly fit into the canon. Not that I think this would be a good idea, merging to two Ip’s.

 

If they’re going to stick with the current AC stuff, i’d like to see them in the Feudal Japan era…

Or they can make an Assassin’s Creed Stone Age, where the first templar and first assassin went head to head with rocks and clubs!

 

Neil Armstrong confirmed for Assassins Creed V: Blue Moon.

 

nirvesta,

Caveman Assassin: ugh ugh ugh! (translation: Look, I just invented this assassin’s blade, for backstabbing!
Caveman Templar: Ugh ugh ugh ugh? (translation: Nice! How does that work?)
Caveman Assassin: Ugh! Ugh ugh ugh ugh! (translation: Here! Let me demonstrate it on you…)

…and then shortly thereafter the Assassins and Templars became bitter enemies.

 

So, the entire back story of using the machine to give a guy the skills to take on modern day bad guys is just dropped ay?
All hopes for that franchise ending and not being milked to death (ya know, more than it already is) is gone.

piedude,

Dunno how you’d get the Assassins Creed elements into The Division but it does look fantastic, hope the multiplayer stands up well since thats what I’m getting it for.

elliotengi,

If theory, it could work, but sooo many people would be angry. That being said, it does look fantastic as well, so at least it would be a HQ finale

 

elliotengi,

It is already in the cannon of AC… given the easter eggs within AC4… see CtOS

 

vcatkiller,

Caveman Templar: Ugh! Ugh ugh ugh (Fire is too dangerous we must control it so no one hurts themselves.)

Caveman Assassin: UGH!? Ugh ugh ugh! Ugh ugh! (No, people should be free to cook or burn themselves to death as they please.)

Caveman Templar: Ugh!? Ugh ugh ugh ugh. (Death? No! Now we must also bash anyone in the head if they try to use the fire.)

Caveman Assassin: Ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh. (We are now mortal enemies.)

Caveman Templar: Ugh! (Agreed. Although I already have the fire and so I shall use it on you. This will guarantee our dominion over the population of other humans which shouldn’t be hard cos there’s only Jeff, Margaret, David, Jennifer, you and me.)

Caveman Assassin: Ugh! (Not if I run away and hide first!)

 

spkypwnsuall: So, the entire back story of using the machine to give a guy the skills to take on modern day bad guys is just dropped ay

I know right?
In AC2′s intro and epilogue we get a glimpse of the bleeding effect as we take on enemies in the present time, then in Brotherhood and AC3 Desmond finally pulls the damn hood of his sweater over (Something I’ve friggen been waiting for him to do since the first game..) and we get to briefly jump around a modern environment and even do an “Eagle” dive off a skyscraper, all the while I’m thinking this is going to build up into something completely epic when they finally pull away from the limited constraints of the past and bring the Templer VS Assassin war to our modern urban setting…. =(

I actually got pretty tired of the olden style and would log out of the Animus and chat with the NPC’s/Check emails every chance I got.

This news saddens me.

 

Russacky,

I can’t wait to see this adapted for stage and screen. I’m sold!

 

Russacky,

Much better story, I hope to see gameplay footage soon. :)

 

“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.”

See when I read that line

I am picturing that you play through Watchdogs completely and then just as the game ends and fades to black Aiden checks his phone screen and the Assassins symbol flashes on the phone and goes away.

I’d find it cool if that happened, if they had Watchdogs be a slightly related but not quite spin off to AC.

But without yearly sequels and the whole shiny golden god story line.

 

spkypwnsuall:
So, the entire back story of using the machine to give a guy the skills to take on modern day bad guys is just dropped ay?

They dropped this in AC4? Thank god. The Animus is meant to be a means of revealing the secrets of unwritten history, not to give combat training. The combat training angle of AC2 caused the story to be initially directionless imo (we weren’t following Ezio to learn his secrets, we did so for the combat training, it just so happened that he became important later on), there was no mystery or definite end goal like there was in AC1 until that final plot twist which sadly threw the templars as a serious adversary out the window.

Is AC4′s story any good? I’ve ignored it so far because of AC3 but that above comment has given me some hope that Ubisoft may have finally gotten things back on track and more in line with AC1′s original plotlines.

 

spkypwnsuall,

Dunno how you’d get the Assassins Creed elements into The Division but it does look fantastic, hope the multiplayer stands up well since thats what I’m getting it for.

Well, it is an MMO so I hope EVERYONE is getting it for the MP! ;)

 

kinkykel,

vcatkiller,

Well I’ve found these cave drawings of something called a “hidden-club”.

 

Cavemen wouldn’t work because AC’s universe is based loosely around Creationism (Adam and Eve). The assassins being the descendants of Adam. Eve stole the first piece of Eden from the gods.

If they were going to do something like that it’d have to be about Adam and Eve after they fled Eden and started the first Assassin Guild.

 

An AC Modern Era (ACME?) would need a bit of a costume change. Kind of difficult to seamlessly blend into the crowds in the shopping mall or market or whatever wearing robes and festooned with ropes n daggers n sht..

 

A modern set AC would probably be pretty easy. You just need to set it in an undeveloped country.

 
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