5 GAMES THAT NEED TO BE MADE - Assassin's Creed

(This new article series “Games that need to be made” is where I pitch 5 games that need to be made in a particular franchise, company, genre etc... If you enjoy and want more of these lists let me know in the comments on social media! Tell us which of these 5 was your favorite, and what franchise or theme you want to see next!)

I’m a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed universe, and think it has one of the greatest concepts for setting diversity in any franchise. Unlike other major franchises that don’t have too many options of time period and setting, Assassin’s Creed is free to really explore almost any time period and location in human history. It manages to maintain its identity whether the hero lived 2000 years ago or today. It needs no time, location, or even a recurring protagonist to maintain the Assassin’s Creed feel and that’s something I find incredibly impressive, and something I don’t think we give Ubisoft enough credit for. I have been playing Assassin’s Creed since the very first one, and I enjoyed some more than others. My least favorites were the original and Unity, while I really enjoyed, 2, 3, and Syndicate. I think Origins is the technical “best” I’ve played so far. I recently started playing Valhalla and it has gotten me excited for this entry in our “5 Games” series, as Assassin’s Creed lends itself perfectly to this article series. In this article, I will pitch 5 future Assassin’s Creed games, their setting/time period, why I think that time period and setting would be great, and potentially some details on the game’s protagonist.

BONUS? Assassin’s Creed: Samurai (Feudal Japan Era)

Samurai’s and Ninjas? Assassin’s Creed set in Feudal Japan? Yes please! I feel like before I get into the main article, I felt I needed to explain why I didn't technically include this in my 5 games, and have this as a bonus, when probably most fans would rank it number 1. First, it is because I am confident that not only is this the most obvious and most likely game to be made, I’m sure it is already in some stage of development. Feudal Japan is easily the most requested new era of Assassin’s Creed if you spend anytime on forums and talking with fans. It has been in official surveys from Ubisoft so I know they know we want it. Also, with the massively critical and commercial success of Ghost of Tsushima, I think surely Ubisoft sees it as a must right? They like money right? I didn't officially list it partially because I think that an Assassin’s Creed game with Samurai and Ninja’s is not a question of “if” but “when”. In this series, I try to favor less obvious choices; pitches that I feel are more unique to myself instead of ones fans are frequently demanding. This idea doesn't have much original to me, and I don't feel like I have anything original to add to it other than I think it would be incredible. Also, while excited for this hypothetical game, I have 5 time periods I want even more for a future Assassin’s Creed. That all being said, I couldn’t make this list and NOT mention it. We need to see Samurai Assassin’s sooner than later.

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5. Assassin's Creed: Civil War

The US Civil War is one of the most important eras in American history. It changed the course of human rights, our culture, and even how the country views itself. Before the Civil War the US was a collection of states, and after the civil war it was one country that happened to have states. Also, one of the best parts of the AC games is the ability to meet historical figures, and I just want to meet Abe Lincoln and be there for his famous speeches. Players could help the north win, and help in the Underground Railroad. This could even be an opportunity for Ubisoft to make it's first mainline game with an African American protagonist. Or I would even like to have a white and black co-protagonist who are friends and allies: A showing of Unity in a old time for a modern America where it is much needed. In a time of division, going back to another time of division and showcase coming together in unity then is a message I think Ubisoft is capable of telling. Players could be present during the major battles, and even attempt to stop the assassination of President Lincoln. It could be an absolutely amazing period piece with amazing characters and a quality message to tell.

Potential for Possible Historical Figures:

Abraham Lincoln

Robert E Lee

Ulysses S Grant

Stonewall Jackson

William Sherman

Harriet Tubman

Frederick Douglass

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4. Assassin’s Creed: Wild West (Wild West Era)

The entire time I was playing Red Dead Redemption 2, one thing kept popping in my head. “This would be better as an Assassin’s Creed game” Now, RDR2 is an amazing game, an at the time GOTY contender and phenomenal in many many ways; ways, that probably Ubisoft would struggle to match let alone outperform. For that reason, I know that fear of comparisons to Red Dead would be a real world impediment to this game being greenlit. Ubisoft would know they would have a very high standard that this game would be measured under, and AC games are made in a fraction of the time of Rockstar games. Ubisoft gives AC games 2-3 years of development, where Rockstar is content to build games once a console generation or more. But Assassin’s Creed excells at one thing that I enjoyed the least in RDR2 and that’s just player movement. I felt like movement in RDR2 is too slow. I wished I could run around and move like I can in AC games. Either way, whether or not an AC game could match or equate to RDR2, I think that the Wild West would make for an absolutely phenomenal setting for a future AC game. I think the protagonist could be very cool. Imagine a cowboy type gunslinging character, with a hybrid hat/hood design that could really combine the two visual aesthetics. This game would really balance gunslinging with hidden blades. It could be Assassin’s Creed in stealth and melee, with bouts of good ole fashion Wild West shoot outs and duels, without feeling like it is a “shooter”. The vast frontier lands, going from town to town on horseback, and everything about the Wild West proves it would be ripe for an amazing Assassin’s Creed.

Potential for Possible Historical Figures:

Billy the Kid

Wyatt Earp

Jesse James

Buffalo Bill

Doc Holiday

Annie Oakley

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3. Assassin's Creed: Mafia (US "Roaring Twenties" / Prohibition Era)

One Era that I think may be a bit of a surprise to some readers but I really think would be incredible would be the 1920's In fact, while "only" ranked number 3, I think it could be a instant classic and favorite for myself and fans.

The 1920's is an era filled with so much potential for story and I think it would be incredible to see tackled by the AC franchise. The protagonist would be a Mafia lieutenant who is recruited by the Order. Like the rest of Human History in the AC Universe, the Order and the Templars each have stakes in the families of the Mafia in the height of prohibition. I just absolutely love the design of the protagonist. He wears a long grey trench coat, with a Assassin's tie clip. It perfectly blends the look of an Assassin with the image of a 1920's gangster. There could be an opportunity for a morality/honor system. Do you do drive-by's with Tommy guns and beat up enemies with baseball bats? Or are you a more honorable gangster? I want to see an Assassin in a suit, making offers his enemies can't refuse, and taking leaps of faith off then-modern tall New York buildings. We just don't get too see much action RPG's during this era, not to the level I think this era deserves, and I would absolutely love to see Ubisoft tackle it with an Assassin's Creed game.

Potential for Possible Historical Figures:

Babe Ruth

Al Capone

Charles Lindbergh

Henry Ford

Charlie Chapman

Calvin Coolidge

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2. Assassin's Creed: WWII

Come On Ubisoft, I know you want to! They've included the era in surveys. They included it oh so briefly in Unity. They gave us a Diet Pepsi version with WWI side mission in Syndicate. They know it could be phenomenal. We know it could be phenomenal. Just let us sneak around occupied Paris, killing Nazis, and assassinate Hitler ok? If there is one Era that seems an immortal constant in the gaming industry, it is World FREAKING WAR 2! It is the era that single handedly uplifts the gaming industry. Which is one of the reasons I find it odd that Ubisoft has yet to jump fully in the WWII pond with Assassin's Creed. It seems like such an obvious choice for a game. Now I realize what you and maybe even Ubisoft would be worried about. At first thought it seems overwhelmingly obvious, but upon further thought it is easy to be hesitant. WWII would be the farthest game in the historical timeline yet, and Assassin's Creed is not a shooter. When we think of WWII games we think of guns and shooting, and no one wants that for Assassin's Creed to be turned into Call of Duty. To be clear, I DON'T WANT THAT EITHER. But Assassin's Creed has been in the post-gun powder era before. Syndicate, Black Flag, and 3 have all had primitive guns and it wasn't game breaking. Even in my pitch for the Mafia Assassin's Creed, the "Tommy gun" was meant more for balanced limited use, not a mainstay of the combat. In Assassin's Creed WWII there will be guns yes, but the mainstay of the gameplay will still be stealth and melee combat. You will still be an assassin sneaking around killing Nazis in silence with a hidden blade. If you get caught and action breaks out, sure you will have a pistol, but the focus will be on hand to hand combat. I picture something to how Syndicate balanced guns in that game. The locations, the battles, the historical figures, and the excuse to kill Hitler is too much to pass up and NOT make this game. It is alternative history, after all, let me kill Hitler with a hidden blade.

Potential for Possible Historical Figures:

Winston Churchhill