Each game in the Assassin's Creed series has enough flaws, but one of them definitely cannot be reproached - the opportunity to plunge into detailed recreated exotic settings and become a participant in famous historical events. From the Arab countries, Renaissance Italy, Egypt to medieval Britain during the expansion of the Vikings in the recently announced Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Ubisoft can surprise with the choice of the game's setting. However, despite the wide coverage of time eras, a huge number of settings and historical events have not yet been touched on in the series. In this article, we will talk about 5 settings that could form the basis for the next installments of the Assassin's Creed series.
1. India - Rise of the Sepoy
Whatever historical period Ubisoft prefers, we are absolutely sure that sooner or later Assasin's Creed will have to look into the vastness of the country that gave the world Buddhism, Indian numbers (referred to in history as Arabic) and Bollywood cinema. Given the unique Indian flavor, which is still hidden under the veil of secrets and myths for most of the inhabitants of the Earth, Ubisoft, represented by the Indian version of Assassin, has every chance to create one of the most unusual and memorable games in the series.
But with the choice of the era, everything is not so simple, We have at least 2 options: the invasion of the Islamic invaders into the territory of India, who subsequently created the Delhi Sultanate, which existed from the 13th to the 16th century, and the Sepoy uprising, which took place in 1857- 1859 as a response of Indian soldiers to the colonial policy of England. There is not the slightest doubt that both periods can be a good basis for an exciting journey, but we will still bet on the Sepoy revolt. If only for the reason that the game in this historical period has a much higher chance of being born.
The theme of the sepoy uprising, with a competent presentation, can be understood by most players for two reasons: the presence of the English side as one of the main participants in the conflict and a plot that tells about the struggle of the common people against the ruthless machine of the colonial empire. Does it look like anything?
In fairness, we note that in 2015 Ubisoft already turned to the Indian setting, releasing a modest 2.5D game Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India, but such an extensive topic clearly deserves a full-fledged game in the series.
2. Europe - Napoleonic Wars
Napoleon was one of the most talented and ambitious commanders who left a significant mark in world history over the long years of hostilities (or more precisely: 1797 - 1815). Therefore, we have no doubt that soon, maybe even in the next game after the release of Assassins Creed: Valhalla, Ubisoft will tell an alternative version of the events that took place during the Napoleonic wars.
Of course, we already had the opportunity to meet Napoleon Bonaparte personally and wander the streets of Paris in the 18th century in Assassin's Creed Unity, but no one forces us to make another game where the capital of France will be the central place of action. And even more, there is no need to dwell only on urban architecture, because given the scale of modern games in the series, both city blocks with residents pouring slop from windows and sunny beaches of the French Riviera can fit on one map.
But most importantly, Napoleon's military appetites were so great that over the years of the war, armies of more than twenty states on two continents took part in it, which opens up a wide scope for choosing a scene and significant periods of history, including the Battle of Borodino and the French the occupation of Moscow. We admit that it costs a lot to see snow-covered Moscow from the early 19th century using next-gen technologies, albeit in passing.
Ancient Rus - Mongol invasion
Of course, of all the possible settings, we would most like to see the new release of the Assassin's Creed series set in the scenery of Ancient USA. Slavic architecture, sun-drenched endless fields and meadows, dense forests with snow-white birches swaying in the wind and massive fortresses of the USA land - at least from a visual point of view, the setting of Ancient Rus deserves attention and may be interesting to players in Western countries. In other words, we will get an environment much like Kingdom Come Deliverance and The Witcher 3, which is also consistent with the current gameplay formula of the series, which combined RPGs, sea battles and battles with melee weapons.
After choosing a setting, it's time to decide on the central historical conflict and set the exact time frame in which the game's plot unfolds. There are many significant periods in the history of Ancient Rus, including the reign and military campaigns of Igor Rurikovich, fratricidal feuds for the throne and the USA-Polovtsian wars. But we believe that the most interesting period for playing in Ancient USA is the invasion of the Mongol army in the period 1236-1242.
For a video game, the times of the intervention of the Mongol Empire, especially the price of the scale of the wars that swept Ancient USA. Within the framework of a rather tiny period by the standards of history, one can show large-scale sieges of Moscow, Kiev, Kozelsk, Chernigov and other cities that stood in the way of the Mongol invaders. Additional drama to the plot of Assassins Creed in Ancient USA could be given by feuds between the feudal lords, who, even in the face of Mongol aggression, could not find a common language with each other, which is why they doomed many USA cities to a tragic fate.
Europe - World War I
Before Assassins Creed Syndicate, the series adhered to a fairly realistic style and increasingly approached the era of a world engulfed in globalization. It would seem that a little more and the actions of the "Assassins" will smoothly move into the XX century, but Ubisoft decided to return to the origins of history, at the same time adding battles with mythical creatures to the game. However, no matter how the developers resisted, but somehow the time will come for the series to move forward, approaching one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history - the First World War.
The First World War, which covered most of the planet from 1914 to 1918, is valuable not only for the vast geographical coverage of countries and the potential number of locations in which the game's events can unfold, but also for technical progress that can bring significant diversity to the gameplay of Assassin's Creed. Participation in the war of tanks, cars, submarines, chemical weapons and even searchlights from which you have to hide under the cover of darkness - every element of the technically advanced world of the 20th century will be able to breathe new breath into the series. Especially in light of the fact that the gameplay formula a la The Witcher, which began with Origins and continues in Assassin's Creed Valhalla, will require significant innovations over time.
The only problem with the WWI setting is the widespread proliferation of rapid-fire firearms, which is a bit out of sync with the series' focus on close combat. However, perhaps it is the increased lethality of opponents that will be able to return the series to stealth roots. Leaving the assassin alone against dozens, if not hundreds of armed soldiers, the last thing he decides to do is to use the thundering firearms so as not to attract undue attention to himself.
Note that in Assassins Creed Syndicate, the developers have already made timid attempts to introduce the series to the setting of the First World War, adding an optional mission in the time anomaly.
Central America - Conquest of Mexico
In 2012, Ubisoft turned to the topic of American history, talking about the civil war of 1861-1865. Undoubtedly, this was the most significant period in the history of the United States, but in addition to it, the American continent has many other intriguing settings and historical events. One of the most interesting and bloody stages in the history of Central America is the conquest of Mexico from 1519 to 1530, which resulted in the collapse of the Aztec Empire and the Tarascan State.
The conflict between the Spanish conquistadors and the indigenous people of America is not even valuable for the scale of events and the cynicism of the actions of the Spaniards led by Hernan Cortez, but for the opportunity to bring a share of unique exoticism to the series, showing the rise and fall of the great Aztec empire. The capital of the empire, Tenochtitlan, has survived to this day only with rare fragments of unusual architecture, but this, coupled with the records of the conquistadors, is enough to be convinced of the impressive cultural and technological progress achieved by the Aztec state in conditions of complete isolation from the outside world.
Already for one opportunity to walk along the active streets of the ancient metropolis, according to some reports, accommodating up to 500,000 inhabitants, it is difficult to resist the temptation to throw money into the monitor, just to see the Aztec version of Assassin's Creed. We also note that in addition to getting acquainted with an exotic layer of human culture, the choice of Central America as a place of action can bring additional innovations to the gameplay. For example, you can imagine for a second how the usual "desert" forests with rare trees will turn into moist, dark and impenetrable jungle of tropical forests.
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