Well, Assassins Creed fans, the rumor mill begins anew. It’s looking like the first rumors for the next chapter in the franchise have been trickling out; and as is par for the AC course, the setting of each game is one of the bigger questions. Well, according to these rumors, we may see the the next chapter of the franchise head to Ancient Greece.
Now, while this information is relatively well-corroborated, it is still a rumor; so take it as you will. That being said, the Grecian setting does sort of jibe with information that had been talked about during the development of Assassins Creed Origins. Back in 2015, Ubisoft had suggested (as reported by Kotaku) that Ancient Greece would be appearing in the story somewhere, but that they were going to focus on Egypt first. There were also rumblings of a trilogy of sorts, which would span Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Following that, the same sources at Ubisoft began to say that Greece would be utilized as a setting for the game that followed Origins.
Another possible hint that fans who pay attention may have gotten, was a photo that the series’ art director (Raphael Lacoste) tweeted out in August of 2017. It was a photo he had taken on a trip to Meteora, Greece, showing some rock formations with the ocean in the background.
Sure, basing a rumor on a tweet from one of the development team seems like a bit of a stretch, but speculation is as speculation does. However, it’s worth mentioning that Meteora is a UNESCO World Hertitage Site, and that archaeologists have stated that the caves which exist there were inhabited continuously as far back as 5000 years ago. So, it’s not too much to imagine that the city could be rife with opportunity as a setting for the historical series.
Fans who delve deep into the franchise’s lore will also note that there’s a full page on the Assassins Creed Wiki which deals with Greece and the Templar/Assassin struggles there, so…there’s that.
Time for some speculation here. We know that the series is famous for including actual historical figures. Therefore, can you imagine an Assassin who not only learns about the Creed and its foundations but also learns from (or even possibly inspires) the great philosophical minds of Ancient Greece? Maybe introducing figures such as Socrates, Pythagoras, or Plato? I don’t know about you, dear readers, but this is one of the things that really hooks me in with this series. I love finding out about historical figures who existed at the time(s) where these games are set, and subsequently looking them up to learn more (why yes…I am a nerd; why do you ask?).
We here at PCU have also heard that the next chapter in the Assassins Creed story is slated for a Fall 2019 release, and that it actually entered full production near the beginning of 2017. Currently, the game is said to be being developed for a cross-platform release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC (Sorry, Switch owners…nothing yet for you).
So, Assassins Creed fans: do you think that these rumors have some merit to them? Are you excited about the possibility of the franchise heading to Ancient Greece? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned to Pop Culture Uncovered as we bring you more Assassins Creed news!