Assassin's Creed games usually focus on a single historical setting each game, whether it's ancient Egypt in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or Revolutionary America in Assassin's Creed 3. But as technology continues to advance Ubisoft says that it could be possible to fit multiple time periods and multiple settings in a single Assassin's Creed game.
In Assassin's Creed players use a futuristic piece of technology called the Animus to travel back to the lives of their ancestors. It's the narrative device that lets the Assassin's Creed series take place in different time periods and regions and Ubisoft typically creates massive open world to accommodate the time period. But Ubisoft seems to be eyeing multiple open worlds in a single game.
In an internal interview with Ubisoft vice president of creative Lionel Raynaud, he says that improvements in technology might make it possible to see players using the Animus to travel through several fully sized open worlds in a single game. "We will have technology that will break the [current] limits of memory, for instance, because of new technologies that are arriving. We would be able to—in the same world—have several historical periods for instance, in Assassin's Creed, and use the Animus to travel from one to the other."
Raynaud says that this technology wouldn't be limited to just Assassin's Creed either and could be used for example in Far Cry or Watch Dogs where players can travel to different countries in the same game seamlessly.
Raynaud could be expanding on the thoughts of Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot who believes that future console generations could be stream-based thanks to cloud technology. Cloud computing is one of the technologies that could expand video game computing, as it would allow games to be processed somewhere other than the limited hardware.
Ubisoft's next Assassin's Creed game is Assassin's Creed Odyssey which is set in Ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War. Players will get to choose the gender of their protagonist and Odyssey will feature more player options when it comes to dialogue and moral choices. You can read our E3 2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey preview here.
For more on Ubisoft's next historical adventure, check out our Assassin's Creed Odyssey guide with trailers, news, and previews. Assassin's Creed Odyssey comes out October 5, 2018 for playStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.