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No Ending For Assassin’s Creed
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag creative director Ashraf IsmaiI said last year that Ubisoft had a brief outline for the Assassin’s Creed series, including an ending. However, Revelations and Black Flag lead writer Darby McDevitt has said “that’s not exactly true” and that there’s no definite end to the commercially vibrant franchise.
“There’s been a bit of confusion in that [Ismail] once said that Assassin’s Creed has an ending–that’s not exactly true,” explained McDevitt in an interview with Edge.
McDevitt compared the Assassin’s Creed universe to Doctor Who, saying that their can be individual endings as part of an ongoing overall narrative. “Because all of history is open to us we see the universe as a Doctor Who type thing. There are so many possibilities we don’t want to definitively end the universe, but we can have storylines that have endings.”
McDevitt also revealed that putting a firm date on the Desmond-era titles created a challenge for the lead writers.
“The problem with the Desmond trilogy was that back in 2007 they set a date with Abstergo launching a satellite that was going to control people’s minds,” he said.”That unfortunately took a back seat in ACII when they swapped the plot point for the end of the world, which was conveniently going to happen in the same month in 2012. This was a hard date we were going to hit–we realised very quickly that Assassin’s Creed is a popular franchise and we’d like to keep it going.”
Moving along, McDevitt discussed the list of future settings for Assassin’s Creed that can be found in Black Flag, which included Shogun-era Japan, Victorian London, the Wild West, and the French Revolution. “So the fans generated that list, we didn’t generate that list,” he added.
But are these the next locations for new entries in the seres? “I will say that fans definitely think alike. We have the same goals for the series, let’s say. I’ll leave it at that. We always want to surprise,” McDevitt concluded.