Next-Gen 'Assassin’s Creed' Could Explore Multiple Timelines In One Game
We all know Assassin's Creed games base themselves within a single time period, bar the odd flashback/forward, but it could all be about to change.
A new announcement made on the Ubi Blog reveals Ubisoft's plans for the future of AC, and it sounds like a big step in the right direction.
According to Ubisoft EVP Lionel Raynaud, new technology could allow the developers to include a number of historical timelines within one game.
He told the Ubi Blog: "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 believes the lines get 'fuzzier every year' for games which end after reaching a conclusion and ones which are updated with new content, and this new technology will only blur them even more.
He said: "We have bigger post-launch periods, longer lives for each of our games. Even the ones that used to be solo-oriented games, like action adventures, they now have a very strong post-launch, and people are staying in our worlds for a long time. So this line is absolutely fuzzier and fuzzier.
"We all see a future where a game will stay [post-launch], and new experiences will come in the games. But we will have technology that will break the [current] limits of memory, for instance, because of new technologies that are arriving."
If this comes to light, we could literally use the game as our own little time machine, and travel to whichever period we wanted. This is way better than needing a new game every year, which only sticks to a single story, and would emphasise what the Animus and AC universe is all about.
He continued: "Creatively, how does Ubisoft decide how long to keep creating new content for a live game after launch, as opposed to moving on to a sequel? Where does that line get drawn?"
Don't draw one! We like the idea of games growing rather than just having a single purpose, but we also think they need to achieve some sort of narrative conclusion or there's no point - it would simply be a simulation.
We'd much rather be able to access everything Ubisoft has to offer in one title, and It's possible the old Ezio story lines could even be thrown back into the mix.
Would you like to explore multiple AC timelines in one game, or even them all?
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