I like Assassin’s Creed. Some games more, some less. I love letting off steam in these historical scenarios and exploring the worlds. At the same time, I think Ubisoft shouldn’t overdo it, a little more compactness wouldn’t hurt Assassin’s Creed game worlds. Given that, I’m excited to see how I like the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Mirage.
One aspect that has always bothered me about the series is the contemporary sections or the science fiction elements. And I say that as a true sci-fi nerd. Just thinking about the character Desmond makes me shudder. Unsympathetic, boring, nothing about him appealed to me at all, like the rest of these stories. I actually hated it when these sections kept pulling me out of the historical adventure. For me, they add nothing to the tension in the respective games and the fact that there were only small bits of it per game – I had long forgotten what happened there before in the next Assassin’s Creed – didn’t make it any better.
Fortunately, this is set to change in the future. Finally! This entire meta story is meant to live on in future Assassin’s Creed Infinity – the new hub for AC or whatever it ends up being. For me, the best news of the recent spate of Assassin’s Creed news.
Marc-Alexis Coté, head of Assassin’s Creed at Ubisoft, explained this very well in a recent interview with our English Eurogamer colleagues: “We could never offer enough to people who love the meta story. They would love an entire game based on the meta story, with gameplay and full of immersion.”
“On the other hand, and I think that’s a big part of our audience, a lot of people don’t care about the meta-story and would like to jump straight into the past. We’re in a situation where no one is happy with it, in the sense that people who love it will never get enough and people who don’t like it will always have too much.”
And Infinity aims to change that. According to Coté, the meta story should be told and updated independently of the individual game releases. That’s actually the best thing Ubisoft can do. Anyone who is interested may find out more about it more regularly, but everyone else can enjoy the historical adventures in the games undisturbed.
It’s a shame we didn’t think of this sooner. Overall, the decision makes me more positive about the future of the series. The games that Ubisoft has announced and teased sound interesting. If you now find a better balance in terms of content in terms of the size of the game world, the quests, gameplay and so on, I’m happy to dive back into these historical worlds with more enthusiasm. Because that’s exactly what fascinates me about Assassin’s Creed again and again.