A Very Cool Idea For A New Assassin’s Creed Game

A Very Cool Idea For A New Assassin’s Creed Game

From the earliest days of the Assassin’s Creed series, certain elements of the fanbase have been insufferable with their ideas — and demands — for new settings and time periods for the games to take place in.

This piece originally appeared on Kotaku Australia on April 12, 2022. It has been retimed as a weekend read.

Calls for a game to be set in Japan quickly became (and remains) exhausting, as did cries of “do a viking Assassin’s Creed!” until, well, Ubisoft actually did. There have been pitches for everything from Ancient Rome (which Origins kinda touched on) to the First World War (which, again, Syndicate dabbled in), but one place the series has been strangely steering clear of has also been one of the most obvious for a tale of historical combat and intrigue: China.

While the franchise made a brief stop with the first episode of the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles series, we’re yet to see the main games set themselves anywhere further East than the Mediterranean, which is a bit of a shame seeing as the series is now nearly 15 years old.

Were Assassin’s Creed to ever finally make that jump, you’d expect the game to be set in some era of Imperial China, hundreds or even thousands of years ago. That’s what I like about this idea by Ubisoft’s Li Chunlei, though; it’s set in China, but in 1937, with players taking on the role of an Assassin battling against the occupying Japanese forces.

It would be largely centred around the Battle of Shanghai, the first major battle in Japan’s invasion of China and an event that’s being seen by more and more historians as the true starting point of the Second World War. Li’s pieces here show the hero’s outfit, based on Chinese uniforms of the time, along with a Japanese villain (who looks like Tojo) and an action shot.

You can see more of Li’s stuff at his ArtStation page.

A Very Cool Idea For A New Assassin’s Creed Game
A Very Cool Idea For A New Assassin’s Creed Game
A Very Cool Idea For A New Assassin’s Creed Game
A Very Cool Idea For A New Assassin’s Creed Game
A Very Cool Idea For A New Assassin’s Creed Game
A Very Cool Idea For A New Assassin’s Creed Game

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  • Great setting but if they were afraid of the 1812/ England vs US war, they’ll be deathly afraid of both Sino-Japanese wars.

    Ive always thought Ancient China would be perfect for the current AC themes and the various warring states periods, Sino-Japanese wars, and English occupation for the more modern based ones.
    As for Japan, the Sengoku and Meiji Restoration Periods seem too perfect.
    While we’re in Asia, ancient India could make some some insane gear.

    • …They literally dedicated an entire game to the American Revolution. They had no issue showing England vs the US. Sure, they dropped the ball on the War of 1812, but that had nothing to do with a fear of upsetting English gamers. They simply didn’t think the War of 1812 was worth investing more on (like many educational institutes…) when they had grander ideas like the French Revolution and the Golden Age of Piracy.

      • I’m talking about how they changed a lot of the established lore for that game because they were worried about how US players would react.
        They did the same again later in fear of how English players would react.
        (A lot of historical figures who had been revealed as Templars in past games were changed when dealt with directly)
        Point was, events that are even more broadly contentious and still play in to current events are likely to be far less appealing.
        Not to mention that when dabbling in modern settings they’re often dragged in to the political sphere, even when they don’t want to.
        (Even outside of AC games)

  • I would love to play an Assassins creed game set within the Spanish invasion of South America. You play as an Aztec or Mayan warrior priest who is attacked by Templars in search of “El Dorado” (ancient Isu city) and saved by a Spanish assassin who you then partner with and brings you into the assassin fold.

    Game could have awesome environments, jungle, aztec / mayan cities, Spanish bases and ports. Combat, weaponry and armor could come from both sides, creating some interesting looks (think Jaguar hood, with Conquistador armor), weapons could be everything from fire arms and sabers to poison blow darts and obsidian clubs.

  • I would like them to try a setting and story related to Genghis Khan and Mongolian army. They have almost all the right elements – including nomadic lifestyle, hunting with eagles, horse archery and certain beliefs (mix of animists and shamanists) or mysticism that could fit with the AC lore . The setting would have a great wide open landscape too. Though, the problem for a game in the setting is that they didn’t have a lot of human made environment (dense collection of buildings) for the player character to do climbing and parkour.

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