Growing the Assassin's Creed universe

Ubisoft reaffirms plans for Assassin's Creed III amidst details of the franchise's increasing scope and Ezio's legacy in it.

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Who was there: Darby McDevitt (writer), Brent Ashe (presentation designer), Louis-Pierre Pharand (transmedia producer), and Cameron Stewart (writer and artist) for Assassin's Creed: The Fall.

What they talked about: McDevitt kicked things off by explaining that a writer in his position generally gets orders to craft his story to complement the predetermined location and overall narrative structure for an Assassin's Creed game. Then, he and his team go into research mode to learn as much as they can about a location. Eventually, this leads to something emerging that they can latch onto and use as a means for developing characters and events from history.

Later in the Q&A sessions, McDevitt answered the brunt of questions asked by the audience. In response to what is going to happen after Assassin's Creed: Revelations, he said that there are plans for Assassin's Creed III. He also said that for Revelations, fans can expect better integration of the Brotherhood with more opportunities to do specific things with them. The way players meet and recruit the members will also be more varied. Interestingly, he said that the team made sure that the trailer to Revelations was actually tied into the game (even hinting that it is in fact the very beginning of the game), and not just a representation of Ezio's new abilities in a new setting.

Pharand then chimed in with some details on Assassin's Creed: Embers, a 21-minute long animated short film (spoiler alert) that follows Ezio in his later years, living with his wife and children and the fear that, one day, someone will try to hurt them. The short uses assets taken directly from the game as part of a Ubisoft project to improve its asset pipeline for creating projects such as this. Pharand added that while it may use some of these game assets, it's a story that couldn't be told within the traditional Assassin's Creed setting.

Ashe then jumped in to describe his duties since Assassin's Creed II: Brotherhood went into development. He said that he's responsible for the general user interface and the animus. He mentioned that players will see the animus change for Assassin's Creed: Revelations because Desmond is changing. Ashe also heads up all of the brand-design, logos, and other such elements of the Assassin's Creed universe.

Finally, Stewart spoke a little about the Assassin's Creed comic, The Fall and said that he was happy that they were able to explore characters and history outside of the Assassin's Creed games. In the process, they've been able to expand the mythology of the universe. He added that a collected edition will be available in November, and it will include a special epilogue.

The takeaway: Not surprisingly, all of the panelists mentioned a major aspect of the Assassin's Creed series was the blending of historical and science-fiction elements. But they all reaffirmed that even though the historical part is where the players spend the majority of their time, it was important to bring them back and remind them that the universe is still science-fiction oriented.

Discussion

108 comments
pisoni94
pisoni94

great job ubisoft this is one of the best trailers ever

supertom221
supertom221

I'm pretty sure Ubisoft already finished making Revelations, now they are just doing some touchups and polishing... Which must mean, there's two options: 1). They are making another side-game or social net-crap to milk even more money. 2). AC3 is already in the making...

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

I hope AC stays with just mainly swords and daggers and knives, you know, melee weapons, and only has a few guns. I really don't want AC to turn into a shooter. That would just suck. AC: R is gonna be epic, and then AC3, and then so on....

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

ezio is becoming the john cena of the assassins creed universe! HE IS EVERYWHERE! heh.

Uberfinn
Uberfinn

@TheHappyCamper Don't get me wrong. I wasn't saying that musket gunplay would be bad, I was just saying, to me, that's about as modern as you could go without severely changing the gameplay. Muskets would change it already, but like you said, the rate of fire can be dealt with. I can't see it really going through history to say like, the Mexican era of the 1800's too much because there just doesn't seem to be that much infrastructure to climb on. In a way, when you look at the complexities of the game and story requirements, you begin to realize how limited you are. Maybe ancient Japan? Samurai stuff would make sense? I'm excited to see where it goes, but I really don't want it to be a splinter cell styled game. It doesn't have the tactical part. Unless - they added that to Desmond but he still went into the Animus and you got to recreate the old stuff. I dunno. The fact that we're all talking about this like little kids means we all love this game. I just hope my expectations aren't getting too high, because I am completely into these games.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

AC3 is going to come out the same day as KH3.

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

make a new GOOD splinter cell already, this game comes out every year..

COLDFIRE25
COLDFIRE25

@godzillavskong Sometimes its not the company that says what the price is. Halo3:ODST was supposed to be $39.99 but M$ bumped it up to $60, this happends all the time. Because Brotherhood had MP I think thats what made the price full retail. Revelations will most likely do the same.

guyxeno
guyxeno

@nemesis4x , they can milk the series all they want as long as their still good, and they are. as far as them concentrating on other games, they are making a new splinter cell, ghost recon, and driver.

MrGoldfish1
MrGoldfish1

"Pharand then chimed in with some details on Assassin's Creed: Embers, a 21-minute long animated short film (spoiler alert) that follows Ezio in his later years, living with his wife and children and the fear that, one day, someone will try to hurt them. The short uses assets taken directly from the game as part of an Ubisoft project to improve its asset pipeline for creating projects such as this. Pharand added that while it may use some of these game assets, it's a story that couldn't be told within the traditional Assassin's Creed setting." I was thinking about how Ezio needs to pass down his genes before reading this paragraph. @MuffintopX Ezio is just that good. :D

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

If they can add a difficulty slider, or at least increase the difficulty of combat this would help keep me immured. I think the only time I ever died in Brotherhood was a hang glider crash. You had to TRY to get killed in combat.

Jakeslikescakes
Jakeslikescakes

Fun games, but the combat moves need to change! there are rarely new ones. they need all fresh moves

eyeball2452
eyeball2452

Loved AC2. Brotherhood was fun, but too easy. I'll play Revelations. I'm not really interested in AC3 unless it's set in modern times though. AC's getting pretty tired as franchise and needs something to really freshen it up.

021-Vincent
021-Vincent

I can't wait for my first assassination mission in this game !!! :D

MrFacepunch
MrFacepunch

I've been an Assassins Creed fan from the start and I wont stop now, but this annual release business is making me nervous. I mean the first two were works of art, although brotherhood had amazing combat (and a crossbow) it lacked the compelling story of the first two. And if they're trying to make a game of this scale every year, why waste their time on multiplayer when their fanbase invests the majority of their time in singleplayer? It just sounds stupid to me. Needless to say I've already pre-ordered Revelations and Im looking forward to playing the crap out of it.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@nemesis4x - Honestly I agree with you 100%. They should have made 1-3 and that's it for Desmond. I hate that they made Brotherhood and continued Desmond's story to make people have to buy it that were interested in the story and not the multiplayer. Plus I don't like how AC2 introduced very odd mystical religious powers and stuff (it was too far fetched, I think it should have stuck with more historic things). Personally, I'm done with AC with 2. Don't get me wrong, I like the fact that they are expanding the series, but look at Mass Effect for example: 1-3, expanding the story in while staying with the same character, focused on single player, and after Sheppard's story is done, then they will expand it even more. All in all, I honestly don't think Brotherhood should have continued Desmond's story, and I don't think AC is really a multiplayer game. (these are just my opinions of course, but either way it seems that they are milking the series a bit...)

billnye69
billnye69

I really hope they leave MP achievements out of this next game. I have 100% in all the AC games except Brotherhood because I can't get into the MP. :(

RocSeanD
RocSeanD

I love AC. It truly is one of my favorite games by far. I just hope that if they continue to milk the series that they at least continue to innovate on the game play.

isshiah
isshiah

i was kinda disappointed that the cgi trailer for brotherhood, as cool as it was, wasn't actually based on an actual mission. so to me, the revelations trailer actually being a mission, is good news.

anshanlord
anshanlord

I like the assassin's creed atmosphere and story and some elements but the game itself it's just too damn boring and not challenging at all!

jambubby74
jambubby74

My wife and I loved AC2, and as such we were super excited for the release of Brotherhood last year. While we both enjoyed Brotherhood, she completed it on her own while I checked out probably about half way through. It was just too similar to the previous for my taste. People can call it a sequel, or an expansion, or whatever they want. The bottom line is, for me, it was too similar to its predecessor to deserve a separate full-priced retail release. I think $30 would have been fair. I will not be pre-ordering Revelations as a result... however I am open to playing it down the road if the reviews are good. Oh, who am I kidding... I'll probably buy it for my wife. I do agree that every year for any game franchise tends to cheapen it. I think every three to five years is about what is necessary to sustain my interest, but then I realize not everyone is the same.

KoolzKatz
KoolzKatz

Assassins Creed is my Call of Duty, i love everything about the series from the SP to the MP, such a great series in my opinion

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@COLDFIRE25 Well even if they aren't full blown titles, they still charged a full blown price, so I would consider them another full installment in the franchise. I'm not entirely with nemesis4x, but I do think they are pulling the trigger a little too much, too often with this series, and could possibly over saturate the franchise. Great franchise but not much has changed since the first two, so a nice reboot would be nice.

COLDFIRE25
COLDFIRE25

@nemesis4x They dont make AC every year, the last 2 now have been because they were not full games like 1 and 2, more of an expantion to the story then anything along with some multiplayer. We wont see AC3 for a couple years after this. Splinter Cell and Beyond Good are different part of ubisort, the AC games are made in Quebec.

nemesis4x
nemesis4x

I think Gamespot has to rename the title to "Milking the Assassins Creed Franchise." Now i am not a cod fanboy and i dont like fps that much but they just keep making AC every year and it's getting boring, they should focus on their other franchises too like Splinter Cell or Beyond Good and Evil.

aaron25m
aaron25m

@drumma1 Nah Id class them as subtitle games like GTA's:vice city and san andreas were before GTA:4 came out brotherhood was more like 2.5 anyway lol

Panda-Pat
Panda-Pat

As long as the standards are kept...i coulndt care less if one came out every year...AC FTW!

undergroundfrog
undergroundfrog

if AC Universe is growing, then why did AC 3DS get canned???? Blah

xxKamxxwaka
xxKamxxwaka

this game looks soooooooooo cool !!!!!!!!!!!!

the_requiem
the_requiem

Revelations might be the first AC game that I won't play, at least not day one purchase. Maybe this time will wait out for some GOTY edition.

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

Assassin's Creed is a nice little game. Good for them!

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

@ShadowOfKratos How do people write comments like that??

drumma1
drumma1

So AC Brotherhood doesnt count as Assassins Creed 3? And AC Revelations doesn't count as 4? Lol. Either way, I'll definitley enjoy another entry in the series.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I like the franchise a lot, but it seems like they are coming out faster than I can play them. I still haven't beat AC2, and skipped on Brotherhood until I beat the second one. I'm sure the games are good, it's just that it seems like Ubisoft may be over saturating the market with this franchise, although sales seem to be still doing good with each release, just not sure if I can keep up.

jam3zito
jam3zito

LOL i never thought it would snow in masyaf, anyway this game should be epic because it will give me more information on AC which i absolutely crave for. I know almost everything about it but one thing please, no more AC cliffhangers because they always kill me lol kidding i love it

Rocker6
Rocker6

Assassins Creed is a franchise that I dont want to end.I loved every game so far,cant wait for Revelations,just hope there wont be any PC version delays.

KoRniTo
KoRniTo

I love this series. I wish they could take the next AC (3 or other name) into another period in time and that they take at least 2 or more years to create it.

NegasBlack
NegasBlack

Revelations will be about filling in the pieces between Altair and Ezio, what happened to Altair and his fellow Assassins and how Ezio carrying the knowledge destined for Desmond strives to keep the Assassin Brotherhood alive, making sure one day Desmond will come along and be able to save mankind. Revelations is meant to provide the closure on the past and AC3 will be all about finding Eve and preventing what's destined to happen. No doubt we'll learn more about those who came before and their ties to Altair/Ezio/Desmond's bloodline, as there's been some indication that they share some genes and Eve does too. All I know is I'm buying it the day it comes out!

somefreaknfella
somefreaknfella

NOD AT THE BIRD AND PEOPLE DIE, EVERYWHERE PEOPLE DIE

cbb1018
cbb1018

this is gonna be a good game

scorpgul
scorpgul

@Lotus-Edge Assassin's Creed 1 was NOT hard at all mate. Its one of the easiest games this gen. Assassin's 2 was an ultra noob friendly game but still Assassin's Creed was p*ss easy too.

sgt_brent
sgt_brent

Why do people have to judge it as a game so heavily? Assassin's Creed, to me, has always been about amazing story telling.. Forget the leap of faith, crowd mechanics, parkour and all the gameplay pieces.. It has got to be one of the most incredible, deep, and thoughtful stories in gaming history.. Stop saying you're "sick of Ezio" or "skip ACR and go straight to AC3".. That's BS.. Take each instalment as an episode into this expansive story - Because that's how the writers design each title.. I wouldn't care if Ezio had ten more games until AC3 - As long as Ubisoft added to the deep and intriguing story in every instalment - That's all that matters..

pszone
pszone

AC3 might be last one whats out next year. But i dont want to be the last one,pp and i want it to carry on into next gen as well .