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?