After exploring Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, and the Viking era, some fans would love it if the next game could be set in some of these periods.
By David Caballero
Published Jun 02, 2021
The?Assassin’s Creed franchise stands out above others because of its perfect mix of historical fiction and action-driven plot.?The games are impressive and are overall accurate representations of their time periods, particularly the latest ones. Starting with?Assassin’s Creed:?Origins, the franchise went the extra mile to recreate the historical aspects in the gameplay, faithfully and respectfully.
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Still,?despite the franchise’s numerous titles,?there’s a ton of historical periods and civilizations the main series has yet to tackle. Assassin’s Creed?games will always have compelling stories to tell, and these time periods fit the franchise’s themes seamlessly while also providing all the excitement that fans expect from the franchise.
Going back to the very beginning of civilization might not sound very appealing. After all, it’s a time where not much of anything was around. Many people think of?The Flinstones when they hear about the Stone Age, but the truth is less whimsical and more unforgiving.
An?Assassin’s Creed game set during the Stone Age would benefit from taking place during the Neolithic or New Stone Age. This period features the adoption of agriculture, one of the most revolutionary changes in human history. Stonehenge’s construction, believed to have been constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC, could provide an intriguing background for the game.
Mesopotamia is a historical region located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, in the northern part of the Fertile Crescent. Sumerians and Akkadians, as well as the Assyrians and Babylonians, were seen to dominate Mesopotamia?from around 3100 BC until the fall of Babylon in 539 BC.
Known as one of the earliest civilizations, Mesopotamia would provide ample material for an?Assassin’s Creed game. These could include the wheel’s invention, the development of cuneiform writing, and the earliest advancements in mathematics and astrology.
Pax Romana refers to a golden period in Roman Imperialism. It began with Caesar Augustus’ accession and ended with Marcus Aurelius’ death, lasting for about 200 years between 27 BC and 150 AD.
The?Pax Romana featured an extended period of peace like none before it. An?AC game would then have to take place near the end of Marcus Aurelius’ rule and would most likely also feature his successor, Commodus. Most people might closely identify this period with the 2000 blockbuster,?Gladiator, which fictionalizes Marcus Aurelius’ death and paints Commodus as an outright villain.
The first?Assassin’s Creed game took place during the Late Middle Ages, specifically during the Third Crusade, between 1189 and 1192 AD. Most recently,?Valhalla took players to the Viking Invasion of Britain between 872 and 878 AD. However, the franchise has yet to explore the immediate aftermath of the fall of the Roman Empire in Europe.
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The Early Middle Ages, colloquially known as the Dark Ages, lasted from the 5th AD century until the 10th. The period stands out for a prevalent lack of literacy, increased migration, and decline of trade. The game could take place against the backdrop of the Barbarian Invasions between 375 and 568 AD.
The?AC franchise has yet to visit Eastern history, and a game set during the Heian Period of Japanese history would be the perfect opportunity.
Historians consider the Heian Period as the peak of the Japanese empire, noted for its advancements in art and literature. The period also features a decline of Chinese influences, giving rise to a unique and proper Japanese culture. The Fujiwara Clan held most of the power instead of the Imperial Family, which could be one of the game’s central conflicts.
China is another Eastern power that?AC has yet to explore, and the Yuan Dynasty would be a perfect time to start. The Yuan Dynasty was the successor state of the Mongol Empire, established by Kublai Khan. It was the first dynasty in the world to use paper currency, therefore advancing the banking and monetary system.
An?AC game set in this period would benefit from the presence of these two prominent historical figures. It could feature how Genghis Khan’s founded the Mongol Empire as the background and set the actual game during Kublai Khan’s ruling, sometime after 1271 AD.
Latin America is full of exciting and compelling legends and stories that could be the basis for an?AC game. The Aztec Empire ruled over the Valley of Mexico from 1428 until the Spanish conquest of 1521. The game could recreate the capital of the Empire, Tenochtitlan, the largest city in pre-Columbian America.
The game’s plot could take place in the years leading up to the Empire’s consolidation and follow the battles fought by the Triple Alliance of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, Texcoco, and Tlacopan (which eventually led to the Empire’s rise). Mesoamerican folklore could also feature heavily in the plot.
The second Latin American settlement that could also make for a worthy game is the Inca Empire. It rose to prominence ten years after the Aztec Empire, in 1438, and outlasted them by eleven years until they too fell to the Spanish conquistadors.
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The Incas were the largest Empire in Pre-Columbian America. Although they lacked money or markets, they still had ways to get plenty of resources.?They also paid taxes by serving in the military, performing public works, or doing agricultural work, which could be?interesting to see explored in the game.
The Ottoman Empire controlled much of Eastern Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa between the 14th and early 20th centuries. They brought about the fall of the Byzantine Empire with the conquest of Constantinople in 1453.
The potential?AC game could take place under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, during the peak of the Ottoman Empire’s power and prosperity. The game could also feature his death, which signaled the beginning of the Empire’s collapse.
Possibly developing on?Syndicate’s?interlude, the?AC?could make it all the way to the 20th century and feature one of the deadliest conflicts in world history.?A game set in World War I could continue on with Lydia Frye’s story as she tries to protect London from the Templars. With Churchill also promising in that segment to help with the women’s enfranchisement movement, some plots could also revolve around the suffrage movement too.
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David is a twenty-eight-year-old Mexican writer and reader. Having studied Marketing in school, he spent three years working a nine-to-five desk job before deciding to pursue a writing career. He now works as a Senior Writer in ScreenRant and does some more freelancing job, talking about the entertainment business he so loves. Currently, he’s also writing his second novel while actively working to get his first one published.
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