Ubisoft Wants To Have A Bigger Focus On Modern Day Sections In Assassins Creed

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 2:00 PM
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In news that roughly 99% of the world’s population won’t want to hear, Ubisoft is planning on the modern day sections of Assassin’s Creed games, with plans in place for “the next 10, 20 years or however long we're around."

Assassin’s Creed Unity’s brief forays into different time periods were mercifully brief, and there was none of that wandering around Abstergo or any of that guff. I mistakenly took this as an indicator Ubisoft was likely moving away from the modern parts to focus on the historic locales. I remember there was nothing quite as jarring as sailing the Caribbean one minute before having a meeting with an Abstergo hacker the next.

"So the future - and this is the plan - is to smartly reuse things so we can have a more robust modern day," said Assassin’s Creed’s lead writer Darby McDevitt in a recent Ubisoft community livestream.

"We always plan to have more modern day but we have to be really smart about how we do it. There was a plan for a little more modern day in Unity. The thing with Unity was that it was a completely fresh game on a completely fresh generation. So creating any kind of modern day is a pretty huge ask. To create a city, for instance, or even part of a city, would require six months of work by many, many artists, designers, modellers. And then you'd need gameplay systems that didn't feel like you were just fencing."

As lead writer, McDevitt been working on Assassin’s Creed past and future for years now, sketching out plans for where the stories are going to go, both modern day and historical. "We've created 500, 600, 700 years worth of history that we hope to start teasing out for the next 10, 20 years or however long we're around," he continued.

It reads like Ubisoft has a story planned, with no definitive end, that will simply be dragged out for as long it possibly can. Joy. We know the next Assassin’s Creed game will likely be called AC: Victory, and will be set in Victorian London, so it’ll certainly be interesting to see where Ubisoft takes its ideas.

Are you pleased Ubisoft is set to place a renewed focus? Am I alone in thinking the modern day nonsense has become unnecessary now? 

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21:34 Feb-28-2015

Assassins Creed Conspiracy? 9/11 ?

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05:07 Mar-01-2015

Don't... This will attract a lot of nutters...

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07:09 Mar-01-2015

Yeah man... butter the nutters... ;)

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21:32 Feb-28-2015

Merge AC with WD and Head on with the Desmond storyline! was bumed that most Part of the fanbase wasnt really into the desmondsections. I prrsonaly had times where enjoyed the more than the animus sections. Thinking at ac1 "ending"

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20:22 Feb-28-2015

I made an oath to myself to never buy an ubisoft title ever again. So no, I don't care how stupid the idea is.

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17:53 Feb-28-2015

If you just give me AC: Shogun, then feel free to do whatever you want! :)

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11:49 Feb-28-2015

I must be the 1% that actually like the modern day settings in AC games :(

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10:25 Feb-28-2015

these just cant decide what to do anymore lol


why do assassins creed in the modern days... i just dont get it

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05:34 Feb-28-2015

This whole having a 20 year run on story business bodes ill. The team should have a full complete story planned out. It guides games better and leads to a better end for fans. Make a story and then tell it. Don't just push titles out

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01:07 Feb-28-2015

Snipers as Assasin master weapon?

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21:22 Feb-27-2015

The worst thing about Assassins creed is the future bits. Just get rid of them :-/

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19:22 Feb-27-2015

No... just no... I play these games for the historical setting & the game play. Take the historical setting out & I may as well be playing the Batman Arkham series instead.

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19:38 Feb-27-2015

They arent taking the historical settings out, but rather adding to the experience of you playing in that setting by putting some kind of reference to why you are there in the first place. AC Unity was paper thin on this sort of "lore" and I hated it for it.

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20:31 Feb-27-2015

I haven't played Unity yet, but I have all of the other titles before it. I hated the modern parts of those. It was too jarring to be taken out of the historical setting so suddenly, & the modern sections really sucked balls as well. I would be completely fine with the modern parts just being CG movie scenes to tell the story of why, & just leave me to playing in the historical setting.

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20:55 Feb-27-2015

Yeah, that I can agree with. Long CG cutscenes will definitely be better than the modern parts in AC/2 but I rather liked the use of "Bleeding Effect" in AC B and AC 3.

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04:05 Feb-28-2015

I also liked the modern day parts !!

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18:14 Feb-27-2015

Why is Ubisoft letting the 3 year old with a whiteboard make game decisions. Has it come to this? D:

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16:51 Feb-27-2015

If they want a future-themed AC, how about a game where we go way back to the 1st civilization?

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16:45 Feb-27-2015

Have bigger focus on optimization :V

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16:39 Feb-27-2015

I think UBISoft should focus on regenerating the memories of the first era of assassins. I mean from the time when the Assassin Brotherhood was first created.


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Show us the assassin memories before Altáir was born to the period of a

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16:44 Feb-27-2015

Sorry for double post but can't edit the one above...
BTW Period of ac1

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15:56 Feb-27-2015

Modern day in AC series is the CORE of the game, to not focus that was a mistake and they know it since ACIII/IV. They should focus on making their games work with decent optimization 1st lol


Like they even care to make best possible game its all about them paper for most of them $$$

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15:40 Feb-27-2015

Why do some people perceive this words as that the series is going for the future? I am quite happy that they are going to explore more in the First Civilization and that they are building a very strong lore for that. One of the strengths of Dragon Age or The Witcher is the amazing and ancient lore that makes them mysterious and intriguing. AC could be the same and they wouldn't need to dive into future periods after AC Victory's 18th century.

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15:16 Feb-27-2015

so much to looking forward to victory, after all, why explore a beautiful city when you can walk around an office

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15:03 Feb-27-2015

yearly releases of assassins creed for the next 20 years?!?!? YIKES!!!

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15:34 Feb-27-2015

The thought is absolutely horrifying. To think that before the original's release Ubi told everyone that they had the whole story planned and the games would be a trilogy...

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18:02 Feb-27-2015

it is! A trilogy of trilogies....

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14:59 Feb-27-2015

Id love to have a AC in a WW2 setting that would be great

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14:41 Feb-27-2015

Is having a new TALKING protagonist too much to ask for?? C'mon, every modern day lore-fan wants a successor to Desmond.

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15:05 Feb-27-2015

On the nose. I dont think anyone will like just landing up in some chapter of history with no heads or tails of where they got here from.

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