It’s funny how a topic can continue to come up over and over, even despite answers suggesting that topic could never really come to fruition. Today’s topic is a modern day Assassin’s Creed installment. For some reason, this concept continues to be brought up and like the many times before, it’s not looking like something that could happen.
Assassin’s Creed is a series that takes place during past time periods in history. That’s how the series has always been and that is how it will always be. If you want a modern-day open-world game, go play Watch Dogs. Given the formula of Assassin’s Creed, it just wouldn’t make any sense to bring the game into a modern day setting.
Ubisoft tends to agree with this sentiment and during a recent Twitch stream, they shared their view on the topic once more. Pointed out by Eurogamer, Assassin’s Creed Lead Writer Darby McDevitt talked about the plan they had in place to include more modern day gameplay in Assassin’s Creed Unity, but bandwidth ultimately got in the way.
“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 – a plan. The thing with Unity was that it was a completely fresh game on a completely fresh generation [of consoles]. 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,” McDevitt said.
If you recall the modern day gameplay of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, it was interesting due to the gameplay being of a first-person perspective. However, when players did got a glimpse of the real-world setting around them, they were confined to the Abstergo Industries skyscraper they were in. It was a nice peek at what could be.
When you look at all of the past Assassin’s Creed games, Assassin’s Creed II probably has the most meaningful gameplay we have seen up until now. Breaking out of Abstergo, connecting power in Monteriggioni and other gameplay provided some of the best modern gameplay moments to date.
Modern day gameplay in Assassin’s Creed has always been a side dish of the franchise’s core experience, not the main course. When push came to shove for McDevitt to comment further on whether or not a modern day Assassin’s Creed would make sense, he expressed serious doubt about that prospect.
“I doubt we would do a modern day AC. There are just too many mechanics we would have to develop to make it believable. Vehicles, plausible modern cities, a huge array of ranged weapons, etc. The modern day will most likely remain as a ‘context’ for all future games, something to tie them all together,” McDevitt said.
The most recent entry in the series was Assassin’s Creed Unity and it was the first new-generation only game. We assume a new Assassin’s Creed will be introduced sometime over the next few weeks, but nothing has been confirmed as of today.