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If The Next Assassin's Creed Heads to Ancient Greece, When Should It Take Place?

The rumors point to sort of a side step for the series.

Article by Mike Williams, .

After annual entries in the series since 2009's Assassin's Creed II, folks were surprised when Ubisoft took a year off. The franchise returned in 2017 with Assassin's Creed Origins, a title that was well received by critics and fans alike. Now it sounds like the next Assassin's Creed won't be coming until next year.

The Greek city of Cyrene in Assassin's Creed: Origins.

That's not entirely surprising. During a financial earnings call earlier this year, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot acknowledged that the publisher was focusing on more Assassin's Creed: Origins for 2018, instead of an all-new entry.

"We are concentrating at the moment on [Assassin's Creed: Origins], for which we are going to launch a few other DLCs. So you will be amazed by what will come on [Assassin's Creed: Origins]. That’s the only thing we can say now," Guillemot said at the time.

This aligns with previous statements made by Guillemot during the same time in 2016, noting that annual releases were no longer a priority for Ubisoft.

The goal is not automatically to come back on an annual cycle, but to come on a regular basis," explained Guillemot. "We saw that it was time to give [Assassin's Creed] lots of time so [the developers] could really work on the property and all the mechanics to make sure we could take [the series] to another level. What we are seeing today is really promising. We will be able to come [out] on a regular basis. Now we can't say every year."

Cyrene at night.

Liam Robertson at Comicbook.com is reporting that his anonymous sources have told him that the next Assassin's Creed is heading to ancient Greece. That entry is apparently also scheduled for Fall 2019, with production having begun at the beginning of 2017. Robertson has had previous success with Assassin's Creed leaks, but as always, take this with some skepticism.

Ancient Greece is an interesting option for the series, given the ties the region already has to Assassin's Creed Origins. The first major city in the game is Alexandria, which was established by the Greek king Alexander the Great. The Kyrenaika region of Origins contains the city of Cyrene, which itself was a Greek colony before it came under the control of the Roman Empire. Cleopatra was one of the last monarchs of the Ptolemaic dynasty, established by Ptolemy I Soter, one of Alexander's generals. Even closer to home, Bayek's wide Aya is half-Greek, half-Egyptian, having been born in Alexandria.

What's interesting is most of the major events in ancient Greek history would actually take place prior to Origins. Origins begins in 49 BC and ends with the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The Hidden Ones and Curse of the Pharaoh expansions take place some years after those events. Most of the following parts of Greek history are actually tied up with the Roman and Ottoman Empires.

Greek hoplite and Persian warrior fighting each other. Depiction in ancient kylix. 5th c. B.C. National Museum of Scotland

Prior to the that, one of the largest conflicts is definitely the Greco-Persian Wars, spanning from 499 BC until 449 BC. Parts of this lengthy war were the focus of Frank Miller's 300 and its film sequel 300: Rise of an Empire. An Assassin's Creed game beginning in 492 BC, including the Battle of Marathon, and potentially concluding with the taking of Byzantium in 478 BC would be prime space for romping through history and assassinating some folk. (Fun fact: Byzantium would eventually become Constantinople, the city that Assassin's Creed: Revelations took place in.)

Xerxes I of Persia succeeded his father Darius I during this war, but in the lore of Assassin's Creed, he was killed by another Darius, who is the first recorded user of the series' iconic Hidden Blade. That blade would eventually find its way to Bayek and Aya in Origins.

If Assassin's Creed wanted to avoid treading the same ground as 300, there's also the Peloponnesian War. That conflict was a Greek civil war, pitting the Delian League in Athens against the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta. This period completely changed the face of Greece and the form of Greek conflict, switching from orderly battles into all-out war. The Peloponnesian War stretched from 431 BC to 404 BC, but not all of this period involved conflict.

The Tomb of Alexander in Assassin's Creed Origins.

Finally, there's the rise of Alexander the Great. Alexander III's road to become one of the most important generals in history begins 336 BC when his father Philip II of Macedon, the leader of the League of Corinth, was assassinated. (Historically, the reason seems to be one of romantic betrayal, but Ubisoft can work with that.) Alexander's time at the head of the League of Corinth is pretty short, ending with his death in 323 BC, but in that time he established an empire stretching from Greece to India. That's a lot of ground for Assassin's Creed to potentially cover.

Alexander's empire has been attributed in Assassin's Creed II and Origins to his alignment with the Templar Order and use of the Staff of Eden. The Staff is one of the Pieces of Eden, Ancient technology that confers great power on its wielders. That staff appears in Assassin's Creed Origins in Alexander's Tomb, only to be recovered by the Templars and taken to Rome. From there, potentially the same staff that appears in Assassin's Creed II's final fight. Even better, Alexander himself died to unknown circumstances, with suggestions including fever or poisoning. Once again, prime space for Assassin's Creed to mine.

Any of those eras could act as the framework for an excellent Assassin's Creed game. I'd personally go with the rise of Alexander, but I'm not an Ubisoft developer. Of course, this is just a rumor and we won't have concrete information on the next Assassin's Creed until E3 next year if the series is skipping 2018. Until then, it's best to just sit back and enjoy the ongoing DLC releases for Assassin's Creed: Origins, including The Hidden Ones and the recently-released Curse of the Pharaohs.

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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #1 SIGGYZtar 6 months ago
    When Rome took over much of Greece.
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  • Avatar for Number1Laing #2 Number1Laing 6 months ago
    My guess is that it will be during the war with Persia. We have Herodotus as a source and it marks a pivotal moment in Greek, and as such Western, civilization. It’s a grand theme that fits with the series. I don’t think 300 really factors into it one way or the other.

    The war between Athens and Sparta is very fascinating, it has a great cast of characters, and we have Thucydides/Xenophon, but I think it’s a bit inscrutable for a series like Assassins Creed.Edited March 2018 by Number1Laing
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  • Avatar for kingaelfric #3 kingaelfric 5 months ago
    I am most definitely biased here, but...Trojan War. Anatolia, 1200 BCE or so. An interpretation of the "real" history (or what little is known). Hittites. Myceneans. Luwians. The Club of Great Powers. Sneak in to Assyria to kill a king. Could be SO good.
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  • Avatar for Drachmalius #4 Drachmalius 5 months ago
    I'd vote for the time of the Peloponnesian War, but not because of the conflict. I believe Euripides, Sophocles, Plato and Socrates were also alive around that time. Getting to meet some of the greatest minds of ancient Greece would be really appealing, but I'm a huge nerd for classical literature.

    Having said that, if they just want to have Bayek go to Greece in his own time I wouldn't object. I'd like to see more of him.
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #5 VotesForCows 5 months ago
    Its a setting I'd be really interested in, huge interest in ancient Greek cultures.

    One thing that immediately springs to mind is the assassination of Philip II - Alexander's dad. At the height of his power (after conquering Athens) he had a triumphal procession where he seemingly equated himself with the gods - only to be assassinated at the climax of the procession, when he was entering the theatre. One of his own soldiers who did it too!

    The Pelopennesian war wasn't a civil war though, as it was various nation states beating the crap out of each other - there was no such thing as Greece back then.
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  • Avatar for SuperShinobi #6 SuperShinobi 5 months ago
    I think it's a shame that the pre-eminent historical video game series is based around the idea of assassination. It's why I've never warmed up the AC series, as it presents a tainted view of history. There have been periods in history when assassinations and palace intrigue have played a prominent role, but Ancient Greece isn't known for that. It's mainly known for being the birthplace of democracy and philosophy. So if they are going to make a game set in that time, I'd like them to focus on those themes.
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  • Avatar for swamped #7 swamped 5 months ago
    Whenever they were doing naked Olympics.
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  • Avatar for gehenna27 #8 gehenna27 5 months ago
    "Even better, Alexander himself died to unknown circumstances, with suggestions including fever or poisoning. Once again, prime space for Assassin's Creed to mine."

    So you include the lore about Xerxes I being assassinated but neglect to mention that there is lore about Alexander the Great also being assassinated by a proto-Assassin named Iltani using poison.
    Said lore being first revealed in the very same location and game, AC II, as that about Darius assassinating Xerxes. And then further attested to in AC Chronicles: India.
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  • Avatar for Gold333 #9 Gold333 2 months ago
    No doubt: The Trojan War. I.e. The Greek Dark ages. There is no period in history more deliciously Assassin's Creed than that. Homer describes it in such great detail but archeologists only have fragments. The interesting thing is the fragments go beyond Homer. Who were the Sea People? Were they the reality behind Homer's 1000 ships? Who was Helen, the most beautiful woman ever... Was Achilles really the greatest fighter who will ever exist?

    There really is no contest. 1200BC.
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