When Assassin’s Creed 3 wrapped up the story of Desmond Miles and the supposed end of the world, it left many players wondering where the story would go next in the inevitable Assassin’s Creed 4. Since the second game in the series, Ubisoft has made a point of churning out a new Assassin’s Creed game each year. Though the story of Ezio Auditore spanned three games, the question now is whether Ubisoft will continue Connor Kenway’s American narrative or introduce a new protagonist with a new numbered entry. And obviously, spoilers are ahead.
Further Into the Past
There was a moment in Assassin’s Creed 3 where Desmond and Shaun Hastings were discussing what to do after they saved the planet. Shaun asked Desmond if he would consider “going all the way back” in the Animus, as in back to when the First Civilization ruled over humans. With Desmond possibly dead and Juno more than likely the big antagonist of Assassin’s Creed 4, humans are going to have to find a way to stop her. What better way than to travel back to where it all began and experience how humans broke free from the First Civilization or even how Juno was enslaved. If Assassin’s Creed 4 took place primarily during the reign of the First Civilization, the mechanics of the game would definitely be more focused on action and eliminate such things as an economy. Elements could still be in place like building a safe haven for humans, developing powers like Eagle Vision, and even establishing the original Assassin’s Guild–imagine assassinating members of the First Civilization!
Desmond and the Future
Though it could be a stretch, Desmond might not actually be dead. But even if he is dead he could come back in a similar style to Subject 16. If Desmond isn’t alive (or at least playable) in Assassin’s Creed 4, there is a good chance he would appear and assist whoever goes into the Animus next. It would also be a chance for the series to finally be primarily set in the modern day setting. Climbing skyscrapers and using guns could finally be fully realized and the series could take on a more action oriented approach. A “future” setting would also be perfectly complimented by a First Civilization section as well.
The World is Their Oyster
Let’s face it, there’s plenty of places for Assassin’s Creed 4 to go. The world is full of history and locations that are ripe for Ubisoft to use for Assassin’s Creed lore. After all, the Templar and Assassin war has raged on for centuries before Juno was even a problem. Feudal Japan, China, the Civil War, World War 2, Ancient Egypt, and more are all possibilities. There’s plenty to choose from. Space is even an option if Ubisoft really wanted to go crazy. Then again, Assassin’s Creed 4 could completely abandon what the series has previously done and just be a stand alone title. It might be more interesting to have a game that focuses on more than one Assassin or more than one time period. If Ubisoft is planning on making Assassin’s Creed 4 big, then they should plan and focus on the next generation. And hey, there’s always dinosaurs!