ACIV director would "love" to see game set in Egypt

Ashraf Ismail says ancient Egypt could be a "really cool place" for new installment in the annual series.

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.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

202 comments
Roy Frostys
Roy Frostys

Too bad, as stated, a release takes about 2 years to develop which means the AC after Black Flag should be in early developing phase.

llantaeusll
llantaeusll

I tried my best to like AC since the beginning but its just never happen. AC2 was my favorite but the rest has been mediocre. I won't say they sucked but they was disappointing. I would like to know why people enjoy the series so much though. Not trying to get anything started or anything like that. I just like hearing people opinions and different points a view because sometimes it can help me understand what I am missing

Dakota Harrison
Dakota Harrison

No offense, as some gamers have some really great ideas for game mechanics, but a lot of the time it's just a bunch of guys with a stick up their ass who think they should be able to rule their favorite developers by grasping them by the balls and nagging about every little thing that doesn't go their way.

BradBurns
BradBurns

That's the Spainish Flag there. 

I believe it's called the Burgundy Saltire, or Cross of Burgundy.

It was basically the anti-pirate flag. Spain was notorious for carrying what pirates wanted, but it was a huge risk, because they had also become the most efficient Europeans at pirate killing.

One Pirate even started a War between Britain and Spain around the time AC: Black Flag takes place. It was one of (or the) greatest defeats for Britain.

(The War of Jenkin's Ear)

Boomslang
Boomslang

I just want to get to the all things ACIV page.... i miss you old gamespot.

Gblazer01
Gblazer01

I gave up on Assassin's Creed after the second iteration. I miss actually FEELING like an Assassin (you know like using stealth and tactics to penetrate a target's lair, and etc) and not like a gung-ho karate master who can make his way out of a circle pit in 2.3 seconds. I mean that's awesome SOME of the time but not when it's ALL you essentially do, especially in a game that has the name ASSASSIN in it.


zerofrust
zerofrust

Whatever.At this point ,it's just window dressing...

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

I wonder what the next "released-on-a-yearly-basis" franchise is going to be.

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

Then why haven't you done that already?

StopTheCharade
StopTheCharade

Yes civilization began in africa and everyone in the world is AFRICAN. Your ancestors originated there then migrated throughout the world so all of you asians, caucasians, indians, etc should be proud of your african heritage.

arqe
arqe

Go deep down in Ottoman Empire. Sure you'll find good stories and plots.

rlakhani11
rlakhani11

No matter what has happened to AC series or what it has turned into..i believe Assassin's Cow is going to set the tone for a lot more future milking... lol just kidding..

Well I think ACIV is going to bring this series back to life. Then whichever place they set the next game at... it'll be an eagerly awaited one. I'd fancy Egypt though.

wexorian
wexorian

Next news AC director got fired for new ideas

Joutja
Joutja

Egypt would be very cool. Ancient Egypt is what got me into archaeology in the first place and to be able to run around in a simulation set in those times would be fantastic. Imagine climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza or running through the Valley of Kings looking for some funky amulet. Maybe good 'ole King Tut could have been killed because he owned a piece of Eden etc. Defo would love that. 

korvus
korvus

Sign me up for Egypt...I can understand Alex not wanting to do WWII and Feudal Japan would turn AC into Ninja's Creed...but what's wrong with Egypt?


Also " We were a bit surprised by people who saying, 'how do you go back in time, how's that possible?'..." That made me laugh...how do you go to the past on a machine made solely for accessing the past? How little attention are people playing? Must suck for a dev to hear that...

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

Ancient Egypt had cities guys not just pyramids. However most were buried over time  

withe1982
withe1982

The thing that first hooked me about the Assassin's Creed games was it's links to religion. I'm not a religious person at all but I enjoyed the back story of the first 4 games immensely because of the blending of many religious beliefs and the origins of the species.

Sadly with AC3 and now 4 it looks like the developers have chose to go down another route and settings are getting less and less interesting.

The best thing about the early games was the exploration of historical metropolises. Scaling famous buildings throughout history and visiting ancient cultures. Unfortunately the brand of AC has waned in my eyes and catering for the masses now. 

For the record Egypt would be fantastic, as would Japan or even ancient Greece. The US and Caribbean settings do nothing for me as they aren't ancient civilisations that I'd long to explore and unlock their mysteries. 

PeejayYeh
PeejayYeh

When is the PC version coming?

AlexFili
AlexFili

Egypt would be really fun. Wouldn't mind seeing Russia or Eastern Europe either

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

i think Egypt alone will not be enough need to add ancient syria and base it in crusaders era, that would be more like assassin creed 1 and it would suit the gameplay more since the assassin needs to work in stealth and not fight in open sea like black flag its like assassin is shouting in open , I AM AN ASSASSIN !!!!

wolf503
wolf503

I imagine sliding down Pyramids for some reason. lol I would actually like to see an AC in Egypt. Actually I'd like to see an AC in pretty much every country possible as long as it's done well.

isshiah
isshiah

@llantaeusll the historical nature of the series combined with the conspiracy-laden story. The real people we meet, the places we go. Granted, some of the gameplay and story choices have been less than spectacular, but the overriding sense of adventure I feel draws me back. 


I don't play Dark Souls,  but some people love it. I can't fathom why people desire old school challenge.

BradBurns
BradBurns

@Gblazer01 

Yeah, he's not really an Assassin anymore. 


He's more like a quiet hatchet murdering lunatic or something. (lol)

BradBurns
BradBurns

@TheDarkSpot 

I ain't buying this one. 

It needs to be WAY different from the others in order to convince me.

I remember that that director for AC3 was talking about how much change the game would have, in reality it didn't really change at all. It was basically all cut and paste with a new setting.

korvus
korvus

@Joutja Shut up! You're getting me pumped up for a game that will most likely never happen!

Joutja
Joutja

@Korvus85 I am surprised every day on how little people actually pay attention to the stories in games. I just makes me wonder how they even complete the game considering they don't pay attention to what's going on. :p 

korvus
korvus

@rIVAL_sWORD84 Well, Edward is not really an assassin to begin with, so that explains it (not saying it's a good thing though...)

korvus
korvus

@wolf503 "I imagine sliding down Pyramids for some reason." There goes the plot for Mirror's Edge 2.

korvus
korvus

@Joutja And yet those are probably the first ones to come here and complain that "The game wasn't compelling enough and the narrative didn't draw them in"

wolf503
wolf503

@TheDarkSpot You can't dive from high points into carts of hay and survive either. That didn't stop Ubisoft from having that in their video games.

korvus
korvus

@Joutja Definitely worth the investment! So far I've gotten game double my investment XD I told him his "debt" is paid for but he keeps sending me games...oh well, I'll deal with it I guess...

korvus
korvus

@Joutja I have everything on "pre-order". I'm a really lucky guy. A few years ago I funded a friend of mine's dream of having his own game store...now every time he gets a shipment of a new pc game he saves me one for free =D

Although he messed up and I still don't have my FIFA 14 >_> =P No biggie, he did have a copy of NBA 2k14 for me though...it should be enough to pass time until Batman Origins which should be enough passing time to AC4 =P

Joutja
Joutja

@Korvus85 @Joutja I hope so. I have it on pre-order because it looks pretty good. It reminds me of Bethesda's Pirates of the Caribbean with the free roam RPG element. They've put a lot of effort into this so I'm hoping they haven't had all the "you can't have that because we won't meet our yearly quota" crap. 

korvus
korvus

@Joutja It was hard to compete with Altair, and when Ezio did so, it kinda made him a huge shadow on any other protagonist...I think Edward shows promise though.

Joutja
Joutja

@Korvus85 @Joutja Aye, Connor was a bit bland. I liked him but he didn't seem to grow up very much. He clung to the same ideas and goals to the point of obsession (granted, killing Charles Lee was a goal he should see through but there was other stuff to do) and was easily led into situations that could have been avoided if he had exercised more caution. 

korvus
korvus

@Joutja Maybe it's just because I'm turned off by "actual wars" (or at least the more recent ones)...hypocritical, I know, but still...Didn't help that I hated Connor...he was such a dense pushover...

Joutja
Joutja

@Korvus85 @Joutja I was pleasantly surprised by it. I was expecting it to basically be really bitchy about the Independence War in the way that it would glorify killing Brits but I like how they practically said that they had a tantrum because they didn't want to pay taxes for their tea so decided to forge a new nation. :D 

But I agree, there are a lot of other histories that are just as important to explore. 

korvus
korvus

@Joutja As long as it's not more American History. I mean, no offense, and I know it's a very important subject for some Americans (as it should be) and I'm ok hearing about their History but playing it bores me to tears...

Joutja
Joutja

@Korvus85 @Joutja There are a ton of awesome places they could go with these games, not just Egypt. France during the Hundred Years war, Japan would be good but it would have to be done right, China would be cool, Roman or Greek Empires. A good number of options. 

korvus
korvus

@Joutja That reminds me of when I went to a friend's house last week and he was playing FFXIV:ARR. So I say "oh, it that any good this time?" and he says "yeah man, it's great! As a massive FF fan I was so happy that this came out" then I said "ok, so my first question has to be: can you ride chocobos?" and he looks at me "What's a cho...cobo?"


Yep, massive fan indeed!

Joutja
Joutja

@Korvus85 @Joutja Aye, they would be. It can get quite annoying. Also those guys who claim to be ultimate fans of a genre yet don't even know the names of enemies etc. I know a couple of guys who think they are the greatest halo geeks yet forget the names of guns, covenant etc. Just crazy. 

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

@wolf503 @TheDarkSpot You just don't "slide" down pyramids...pyramids aren't smooth surfaces. They resemble stairs more than slides. Please go to Egypt before you post things like that...

Climbing up and down pyramids, that, we can talk about.