There are few video games out there which manage to feel in equal parts entertaining and educational. One franchise that has pulled this off perfectly in recent years is Assassin’s Creed, with each of their games consisting of an immensely-detailed historical open-world setting.
From the rooftops of Renaissance-era Florence to the grimy alleyways of Victorian London, every release in this series aims to provide the player with an immersive journey through times gone by. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that one of the most talked about subjects within the Ubisoft Community forums is where the next instalment of the franchise should be set.
Everyone who has played these games tends to have an ideal era and place they’d like to revisit in a way that only Ubisoft can provide. Here are the top Assassin’s Creed settings we’d like to see next.
1. Revolutionary Moscow
One glance at the onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral or the sprawling estates of outer Moscow and it’s clear that this is a city that would provide some seriously awesome rooftop-climbing action. For maximum amounts of cloak-and-dagger skullduggery, the game should be set in 1918, when the Bolshevik Revolution was in full-swing and Russian society was quite literally dissolving into thin air.
2. Mayan Mexico
Mayan-era Mexico, specifically the former city of Chichen Itza, is one of the most requested settings ever for the next AC game. This is perhaps unsurprising since this setting has provided inspiration for numerous entertaining games in the past, with even online casino games capitalising on our collective Mayan fever. Popular online games such as Premier Slot game Mayan Mystery on Paddy Power are a testament to our desire to see this fascinating historical period played out on our screens. Unfortunately, while online gamers can play the latter anytime and anywhere, Assassin’s Creed fans are still impatiently waiting to travel back and experience the Late Classic Maya Civilisation.
3. Medieval Baghdad
About 800 years ago, Baghdad was an undisputed global centre of arts, literature, science and of course, political intrigue. Upheavals across the Middle East due to the Crusades and the collapse of several powerful dynasties made the megacity of Baghdad a haven for refugees, spies, dissidents and exiled elites. The city’s topography, with its densely-packed buildings, minarets and vast palaces, mean that there are few better settings in which an Assassin could thrive.
4. Colonial Mumbai
Only a few short decades ago Mumbai went by the name of Bombay and was arguably a very different place. Its peak as a cornerstone of the British Empire was in the late 19th century when Bombay was the crown jewel of the East India Trading Company – a place full of dirty deals, anti-colonial resistance and political infighting among the colonial elite. The architectural boom that occurred during this period also provided plenty of places for the skilled assassin to climb and hide.
5. ‘Golden Age’ Amsterdam
The period between the early 17th and mid 18th centuries was known as a golden age for the Kingdom of the Netherlands when its global trading empire was at its peak and Amsterdam’s mercantile classes became the wealthiest people on Earth. The era would provide for plenty of Black Flag style seafaring adventures abroad, while the cramped streets and sinister courtyards of the Dutch capital would be a perfect stage for all kinds of fighting action.
While Ubisoft has not yet announced the setting for their next title, not due for release until 2020, we sincerely hope that one of the entries above makes the cut. Regardless, we can’t wait to dive right back into another chapter of human history.