Posted on November 17, 2011, Phil Hornshaw 5 Historical Eras We’d Like to See Assassin’s Creed Go Next
With the wrapping up of Ezio Auditore’s portion of the Assassin’s Creed storyline, Ubisoft needs somewhere new to take the series with the inevitable yearly release for 2012.
Now, it appears that the expectation for the series, and the purpose of the three-game arc concerning Renaissance assassin Ezio, was to bring modern day protagonist Desmond up to speed with his assassin abilities using the Animus machine’s “bleeding” effect. If you’re unfamiliar, a quick rundown — Assassin’s Creed is about a guy (Desmond) getting strapped into a virtual reality machine and reliving his ancestral memories of assassins from hundreds of years ago. As he uses the machine, it screws with his brain, and elements of his ancestors creep into Desmond: the bleeding effect. It may also drive him crazy.
Anyway, in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, we saw that spending so much time with Ezio had given Desmond a number of the earlier assassin’s abilities, and it stands to reason that Ubisoft intends to bring the story out of the past and into the present. But just in case that doesn’t happen, we’ve thought a little bit about where we want to see Assassin’s Creed go next in terms of its historical exploits. Already the game has had you stabbing guys in the Crusades and the Renaissance, and you’ve stopped by places like Damascus, Jerusalem, Rome, Venice and Istanbul. So where to next?
5. Go Assassinate Napoleon
There was a time when France threatened to take over the world. After distinguishing himself from other generals by firing cannons full of shrapnel into crowds of hungry French people, lying about military defeats in Africa and rising to take control of the country as a dictator, Napoleon declared himself Holy Roman Emperor and started kicking the crap out of Europe. This was basically World War 0. You know that White Stripes song about the Seven-Nation Army? That’s a reference to Napoleon. The Seven-Nation Army was what the rest of Europe raised to take that f–ker down.
The Assassins consider it their job to mitigate world conflicts and eliminate douche-baggery in the name of peace and justice, so it stands to reason they’d be actively trying to deal with the whole Napoleon situation — and let’s face it, that dude sounds like a Templar, big time. Even if he weren’t, Napoleon could be a guy who got hold of some Piece of Eden, maybe, and threatens the rest of the world precisely because he can’t be controlled! Ubisoft, I’ve got your script. Call me.