2023 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years for Assassin's Creed, with not only Mirage set to launch in the second quarter, but an entire myriad of announcements revolving around Infinity, Ubisoft's fresh take on a live-service launcher. And then, of course, there's Codename Red, Codename Hexe, and Invictus, three brand new games that will release over the coming years. So, quite the haul, and one that will most definitely lay the foundations for a whole new era for the brotherhood.
Since Valhalla is just about ready to tie up any loose ends before closing the book, we thought we'd reach out and see what other games fans would like to see moving forward. Feudal Japan is one thing, but what else do we want to see following the launch of Mirage next year? Well, here are five of the most wanted Assassin's Creed games right now, according to the diehards.
5. Assassin's Creed Remake
It seems awfully strange that Ubisoft would go on to remaster Assassin's Creed Rogue, a lesser-known spin-off of Black Flag, and not Assassin's Creed, the series' absolute defining entrée. Even to this day, which is a good fifteen years after its initial release, the developer has yet to revamp Altaïr's story arc for modern hardware. That said, with the upcoming Mirage chapter acting as a prequel to the game, it could mean a remake is in the cards. Or at least, that's what fans are hoping for, anyway.
The last we saw of Altaïr was somewhere in 2011's Assassin's Creed Revelations, in which the master assassin's story arc came to a close through a number of Ezio's visions. As we're now looking at the series' fifteenth anniversary, it could be an ideal time to resurrect the original, though perhaps as a fully-fledged remake, and not a bog-standard rehash of the 2007 classic. The demand is at an all-time high, sure. But then, it's a case of Ubisoft actually putting pen to paper and making it happen that's the issue.
4. Ancient India
Technically, Ubisoft has slipped into the Ancient India period, but only ever so slightly. Its 2.5D spin-off, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India, proved that the era has all the vibrant locales and the fascinating heritage to greenlight a fully-fledged venture. To our surprise, though, Ubisoft has yet to explore this avenue and capitalize on it accordingly.
Ancient India housed some of the most influential innovations to date, with religion, culture, and architecture all playing hugs parts in its flourishing history. This has, to this day, been given the cold shoulder, and has only received a pittance instead of a worthy vessel to showcase its former successes. 2024, however, could see this neglect unwound, as Ubisoft may open its eyes to the potential that looms beyond the Indian border.
3. Han Dynasty
The Han Dynasty is perhaps one of the most important eras in Chinese history, and it's a period which has been explored only a handful of times since the dawn of gaming. The best example, although genres apart, is Dynasty Warriors, a tale which chronicles the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and the feud between the Wei, Wu, and Shu factions.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China did, of course, explore the Ming Dynasty, a period which followed on from Ezio Auditore's Italian Renaissance era. That said, it was a bite-sized version compared to the full-blown fifty-plus hour RPGs that rolled out years after its release. And while a 2.5D side scroller was enough to whet the appetite, it certainly wasn't the all-encompassing package it could've been. Perhaps, then, this could be Ubisoft's next exploit following the release of Infinity? Only time will tell on this one.
2. Black Death
The mid-1300s was, in all fairness, one of the worst eras for the European continent, as the Black Death claimed upwards of 200 million lives, effectively reducing the population by around 50%. It was during these dark and depressing years that, in light of the storm, a vast array of religions and cults were established as a way to tackle the bitter onslaught.
Of course, delving into such a period would probably one of the gloomiest experiences to date. That said, we can't think of a better era for the Templars to swagger their power around — in the midst of a continental pandemic. In a last-ditch effort to restore balance, rebellion would be the people's only hope, and the remaining assassins, of course, would be the ones to topple the hierarchy and save those in need of saving. It's a dark concept — but an intriguing one nonetheless.
1. Ancient Rome
Clearly, Ubisoft has an interest in Ancient Rome, otherwise the era wouldn't have popped up in not only Ezio's timeline, but Bayek's, also. But as for a fully-fledged Roman title? Now that's something the devs haven't quite been able to string together yet. And it makes sense, in ways, as the Ancient Rome era did of course last over a thousand years. With that, picking just one section for an Assassin's Creed tale, as you could probably imagine, wouldn't be the easiest feat to overcome.
The fact is, there's plenty of content there to explore, and it's an absolute shame to see such an iconic era go to waste. From the epic bouts at the Colosseum to the First Dacian War — Ancient Rome houses countless historical moments and public figures. The question is, how long will it be before Ubisoft finally capitalizes on it? Time's a wastin', guys.
So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there any time periods you'd want to see Ubisoft explore? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.