Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag director Ashraf Ismail would "love" to see an Assassin's Creed game set in ancient Egypt, though he made clear this is not a sure thing.
"I'm not saying we are going there, but one day I would love to explore Egypt as a setting for this game. Ancient Egypt could be a really cool place," Ismail told Examiner. "We have a really cool explanation for how we can do this, and it is with this Animus device that allows us to go to anytime in history."
Ismail said people were surprised with the setting for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag because it was back in time relative to predecessor Assassin's Creed III, which was set during the American Revolution.
"It was never a set rule that we always get closer to the present day. We were a bit surprised by people who saying, 'how do you go back in time, how's that possible?' It's that Animus device we have," Ismail said. "But again, I'm not saying Egypt is where the next one is going, it's just where I would like it to go."
Assassin's Creed III director Alex Hutchinson said in April 2012 that the three most-requested settings for future Assassin's Creed games are feudal Japan, World War II, and Egypt. He was not very enthusiastic about any of these options, saying at the time, "They're kind of the three worst settings for an AC game."
Like Call of Duty, the Assassin's Creed franchise is released on a yearly basis. Though Ubisoft has not announced the setting for 2014's game, details in the upcoming India-set Assassin's Creed: Brahman comic will tease the franchise's future.
"The story that's in the present is really significant and is filled with hints for what you'll see in the future," writer Brenden Fletcher told GameSpot at San Diego Comic-Con in July. "I can't say much more than that about the hints, of course, but if you're really excited about Assassin's Creed games and you want to know where everything's going past Black Flag and into the future, there are extremely strong hints in Brahman."
Assassin's Creed: Brahman is set in 1839 India, though the comic does bounce back and forth between the past and the present. It features an all-new assassin, Arbaaz Mir, and takes place during the Colonial British rule.
Assasin's Creed IV: Black Flag launches on October 29 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will follow when those platforms launch in November. Downloadable content for the game is not coming to Wii U.