Ok, so I have a grand unified theory on Assassin’s Creed.
Alright, more like better ideas for games. To be honest, I think Unity was beautiful. It was gorgeously made and I think that it was the closest to the original game than any other, not by story, not by likeness, but by how it felt playing it for the first time. The grandeur of Paris was encapsulated by the power of new gen systems, and recreated in a compelling way that made me want to explore again. Let’s be honest, in recent installments it was almost like a chore. Let me just stop this massive ship for one chest.
Anyways, I think Syndicate may very well be a great game, but my money is more on it being a gimmick. Brotherhood introduced killing someone with an initiate, which at the time seemed boss-worthy. Imagine it, you make a single hand motion and a guy is dead in the street for all to see. That’s power that only Ezio can hold with responsibility. But Syndicate came off as a gimmick sale with the new pre-order set up and the amount they are hyping it up. Each game had hype, don’t get me wrong, but I miss the meaningful games with a reason behind why they chose who they did. These are the games I can only imagine seeing, because these are examples of that very concept.
5. Assassin’s Creed: Arab Spring
In recent years we have seen the ebb and flow of violence in the Middle East. And I am appalled by the lack of knowledge we as a country have for it. There is far more at play than just “Muslims” and “Terrorists” despite what Fox News may try to tell you.
I want a game that explores the major events, the Christians surrounding the Muslims as they worshipped in Egypt during the mass protests under Mubarak, the killing of Qaddafi, and a multitude of others ranging from the immigrant crisis, Syria, and even the age old conflict: Israel and Palestine.
I would love to see them portray every day life of a man who begins as poor as they come, and slowly works his way into the modern day Assassins. He can visit Masyaf and have a spiritual awakening to Nizari Ismaili culture and the Hashashin. After that, he comes home to see his home destroyed with his family almost eradicated, which unfortunately is the story of far too many in the region.
This can outline the atrocities committed by both the Islamic State as well as the misunderstood presence of the U.S. Military. Outlining major events from seeing mass slaughter to watching wars begin in his home country, the protagonist finds home with the Assassins who are simply looking to free their brothers in a peaceful manner, which leads to the protests in Egypt. You can be a moderator who seeks to keep the peace by hiding until someone tries to break the prayers where you fight them off.
Next would be your help in bringing Qaddafi to the people. Maybe you pose as security and you drive the van/ambulette that gets caught by other assassins who do the inevitable. After that you travel to Ethiopia and Somalia to fight back the advance of ISIL, where you pose as a member to ambush them.
All I hope is that he returns at the end of the game to find Russia joins the fight in Syria against ISIL, with the final news broadcast being of Putin wearing an article of clothing revealing his Templar roots. BOOM… Roll credits. Then we never explain it.
4. Assassin… Dogs. No. Watch Creed?
Think of an end all be all situation where Watch Dogs slams into the Assassin’s Creed universe. I mean, there is already infinite amounts of proof in both games relating Abstergo to cTos and you even kill an Abstergo associate from ACIV. Maybe you become an associate of the Assassins after they witness your work? Who knows. I just want them to serve my fandom.
3. The Roman Empire
To be completely honest, I bet this is already in production. They wanted to wait to be able to capture the entirety of the empire and the beauty of the time period. Imagine the columns, the landscape, the culture… Damn. That would be incredible.
But it’s been discussed throughout the games that Brutus who killed Caesar was in fact an Assassin. But imagine the names and people you can include into the story. This would be the time that the Assassins pulled a kill that may or may not have led to the demise of the Roman Empire.
Play as Cleopatra, Brutus, Caesar, and culminating with you playing as Octavian exacting a revenge for your father Caesar against Cleopatra and Mark Anthony, only to see the Civil Wars ravage the country and power corrupt you.
2. The Hellenistic Age
Supposedly, the Hellenistic Age or Era was the most recent peaceful time besides our age now. Until the assassination of Caesar leading to wars and such… But I’m not specifically speaking on the time itself, more on who caused it.
Let the player be Alexander the Great and play the entire game, from his childhood that led to the pregnancy of his soon to be wife which led people to think he was Zeus’s son up to the final days of his death. Allow them to completely immerse themselves into this character, to fall in love with him as a protagonist, then at the end let them find out the truth.
Alexander is a Templar or at least a Sage that is evil as hell. His eyes were different colors, like many of the most evil men of the Templar lineage i.e. Germain. One eye was brown while the other was bright blue, just like the other Sages. Then, we replay all of the games events that seemed heroic like emancipating foreign lands and such, but with a new lens. His true nature is revealed to be brash and violently based in his horrible temper, as many historians outline in studies. So where you entered the Indian subcontinent and “freed” people you actually enslaved them and such. Overall, the themes of the previously outlined games as well as this one are that of the corrupting power of pieces of eden as well as just power in general.
- The American Civil War
Lastly, the American Civil War. Let me explain.
Have one character as a slave that frees others and kills plantation owners and another as a confederate soldier (at that time a U.S. Marine) forced into fighting. The story will center on the soldier forced to fight, with occasional glimpses into the slave’s story, mostly where the soldier would find a plantation in devastation caused by the slave and then a memory would trigger showing the events.
I would expect serious violence from this to really show the way blacks were treated in the time, and as a statement to today’s standards. Then, when the slaves exact their revenge it will be extremely violent and almost disturbing seeing the plantation owners plead for their lives and for their families, but to no use, only to drive home the purpose of the game. That no matter what these crimes are heinous. Despite the morally charged motive, it is still murder and is in no way glorifying it.
The soldier will eventually meet the rogue band of slaves turned assassins (by definition, not creed) and help them essentially launch a counter offensive against the Confederate Army or the Marines, at the Raid on Harper’s Ferry. Fredrick Douglass (an Assassin) would have met with them and their white followers only to try and dissuade them from doing it as he said “it [was] a suicide mission […] that would rally all the U.S. Government against you.”
In the end, they actually succeed in their attempts, especially with a mole on the inside of the Marine forces, who leads them into trap after trap. General Lee will be the main antagonist, only to be revealed as a man with no interest in slaves leaving the slave assassin group with blood on their hands for no reason other than for symbolic purpose. They soon get inducted into the actual Assassins, but the protagonists are left questioning if what they did was right.
Obviously this is not how the story really went, but this may be one of the “Tyranny of King Washington” deals.
Anyway, those are my 5 ideas for Assassin’s Creed as a series, what would you guys like to see? Leave a comment or get angry and send me hate mail!
*If they pay for my student loans and the rest of this year. Or if they just get me free copies of each one… And pay for this year.