India-set Assassin's Creed on Ubisoft's radar

ACIII creative director says he would "love" to make a franchise entry set in the Raj; World War II, feudal Japan, and Egypt the "worst settings."

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Assassin's Creed III is set in Colonial America, and a future installment in the series could have gamers slitting throats in Colonial India. Speaking to the Official Xbox Magazine, Assassin's Creed III creative director Alex Hutchinson said Ubisoft is excited about the prospect of bringing the franchise to that country.

Assassin's Creed could head to India someday.

"[Assassin's Creed III writer Corey May] really wants to do India," he said. "I would, too. I'd really love to do the Raj."

Elsewhere in the interview, Hutchinson said the three most-asked-for Assassin's Creed settings are World War II, feudal Japan, and Egypt. It's unlikely a future franchise entry will take place in these settings, as the developer said, "They're kind of the worst settings for an Assassin's Creed game."

Hutchinson did not specifically explain why those settings would not suit an Assassin's Creed game, but he did say, "People on the Internet suggest the most boring settings."

Assassin's Creed III is due out in North America for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U on October 30. A European launch will follow on Halloween. For more on the title, check out GameSpot's latest coverage.

Discussion

388 comments
gamerman86k
gamerman86k

colonial history of India is not just Gandhi and nonviolent independence movement by Indian National Congress.Countless wars were fought across the country between numerous Indian rulers,the Arabs, the French, British, Dutch and Portuguese from 16th to 20th century for control of the land and its resources. Some of these events even changed the course of  history. guess no other country has been at conflict for such an extended period. also the diverse culture, architecture and terrain makes it an interesting setting for the game.And it would be fresh, as history of India has never been featured in many movies, games or any other kind of popular media.

System4Ever
System4Ever

And colonial India isn't boring as hell?

JamesJoule
JamesJoule

imagine an ac set in ancient egypt .. roman era or even before that.. riding mounts through sand storms of the desert ..discovering pyramids and egyptian temples and mazes.. solving puzzles..fighting romans . and they can add a very deep plot through this era  . aww. better than india that's for sure .. too good to be true i guess

chiefda
chiefda

I have a story idea. Set in 1236. The main characters, Salim Al-Sayf and Suleiman Al-Sayf (brothers, two high rankers of Indian assassins) receive a mysterious letter telling them to return to Delhi as soon as possible. In the way they encounter Sultan Ruknuddin's forces, but they are mistaken that it's Sultan Iltutmish who betrayed them. After arriving in Delhi, they take help from an informant who tells them that the letter was from Razia Sultan. They rush to the palace, only to find that Ruknuddin, who succeeded Iltutmish after his death, was killed and the throne was taken by Razia Sultan. When asking their need, they find that it was to overthrow the corrupt ruler and restore peace. More importantly, it was to safeguard the Sultan from her enemies. After some investigation, the two assassins find that Shah Turkan has planned to kill Razia by digging a pit where she practices horse riding. They sneak in and warn the Sultan. After some time, they come to know that some Amirs (nobles) are plotting against Razia Sultan. They are not allowed in the palace at night, so they sneak in and succeed in warning the Sultan again. Some time later they find out that Malik Altunia has waged war against Razia Sultan, and have to fight alongside the Sultan's forces. Razia gets captured. They attempt a rescue but fail. A sudden message comes from Razia that she has formed an alliance with Altunia. They help the two to retake the throne from Behram (Razia's brother). Behram's forces engaga in a fierce battle against the forces of Razia and Altunia. Razia and Altunia are killed in the battle, and the two assassins are severely wounded. The last part is to escape alive.

 

 

P.S: These are actual historical events, with the main characters and their actions made by me. If anyone likes my idea, be sure to give me a Like.

chiefda
chiefda

if they make such game it would be a hit

chiefda
chiefda

it would be nice if they set it in delhi and nearby region,set in 13th century...

vyaswanth
vyaswanth

India setting would be great.It will be a nice change in the game because the buildings,streets,people are different  in india.

Sonic-X-
Sonic-X-

why isnt egypt  a suitable place playing in ancient egypt would be awesome

 

tanktank537
tanktank537

The title on this article is really misleading. India-set AC is NOT on Ubisoft's radar. This is just two people within the company saying it would be cool if they could do an AC game set in India, it is not planned and probably won't be. Assassin's Creed had always been planned as a trilogy in the first place.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Feudal Japan's not that  bad but i guess the Ubisoft folks wanted to try something new since there are too many stealth type games based on Feudal Japan including the Tenchu series and Shinobido. On the other hand WWII and Egypt aren't that suitable.

nedsig7
nedsig7

what about South East Asia? That could be a better place too!

HapiJoel
HapiJoel

Couldn't think of a better setting for an AC game, a country, culture and history thats never really been covered properly before, perfect.

 

Also disappointed to see people moaning about "thick accents" and the like. Grow up and get out more, theres a whole world out there.

kilic_kurniawan
kilic_kurniawan

india, it ll be a good story. because i dont really like the AC 3 settings that's in america. american hashashin? seems il-legit

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

so heres how the story might go the brits a.k.a the templars  find an interesting artifact to be located in india so they go on a treasure hunt however the assassins too find about it  and send couple of their men after them including Conner if  the time period is around the 1770s to the early 1800s otherwise its some new character and the story goes on. but i do think the location is awesome although u may feel its a little older as compared to the states in AC3 although on the bright side u may get to see the Taj Mahal in its younger years

Darklight7170
Darklight7170

India+Assassin's Creed, THERE IS A GOD!!! F YEAH!!

Disturbed_88
Disturbed_88

"people on the internet" = your fans, just saying...

true_gamer007
true_gamer007

THIS IS FOR THOSE OVERREACTING MORONS WHO DON'T KNOW TRUE INDIA IS. Perhaps because they never step out of their mama's room and don't know the reality of this world.  

And don't question about my info coz i'm an Indian.

India is a cultural and religion hub and has a vast diversity of both people and culture.

We have people speaking english in various accents in India itself. I agree it includes thick accent too. (Mine is not that so don't point me out).

From a friendly and western-oriented  to bizarre people and traditions, everything exists here.

AC in India would be a great concept because there was really an intense treachery and torture imposed upon the Indians. Then there are our great freedom fighters who gone through so much pain for freedom. 

Torture, freedom movements, open assaults and betrayals and true patriotism, everything existed at that time.  

JJB03
JJB03

a lot of people here think marketing is just giving customers what they want? well if that was the way then i think almost anyone would be an amazing marketer, sometimes you show the customer what they want. For example nobody wanted or asked for a game set in colonial america before AC3 was announced, but as soon as they've shown it, now the majority of people who is a fan of AC definitely want to play it, they're pre orders show proof of this and for those horribly bad mouthing Hutchinson @chrisangelo2k7  this guy gets paid to research, and asses whats best for the franchise and I don't know wether he was involved in the last two (or Four if you count revelations or brotherhood) but if he was, then i think you can guarantee he knows what he is on about, i think maybe he meant cliche time periods, rather than boring anyway, its always good to go for something spectacular rather than just take the obvious or predictable route, and this is something the franchise has always done avoid the obvious and predictable. 

devilking312
devilking312

way to go ubisoft.......... India setting will rock as there is history of mysterious assassinations and cult in india

dantefenix
dantefenix

welcome to india....thats awesome.. ive been waiting for this

garginator850
garginator850

As an Indian, an Assassin's Creed game taking place in India would be epic in so many ways. 

musthaque
musthaque

i am excited !! we need India.i love that

phantom12as
phantom12as

@JamesJoule  India has very good architecture and rich history to be used which has never been used  psshhh Egpyt has been done to death there is more to this beautiful world than just rome and what they shopw you in main stream media

TajinderWalia
TajinderWalia

@chiefda Dude I live in the city where Altunia ruled (Bathinda), and yes this is actual History. But you have not written it clearly, Razia marries Altunia. There is  a lot of plot and settings that can go in this story. It has love, betrayal and bravery. Well picked story. I hope this is picked up cause I can't wait to play AC in my historical city. There is a great big fort of Bathinda where Altunia ruled and where Razia was imprisoned. I go there every morning for a walk on the parapet.

SHUBHAMPURI
SHUBHAMPURI

 @chiefda Excellent idea! Best of all the ideas I have heard... from Xfire, Yahoo, Raptr and XBOX LIVE friends, this and other posts etc. Ubisoft, in my opinion, this will be a sureshot hit.

chiefda
chiefda

 @vyaswanth I have just imagined such a game...set in the reign of Khaljis, Tughlaqs or Mamluks... the battles of that time, just imagining the gameplay of AC in those battles gives the impression of a true Game of the Year...

chiefda
chiefda

@tanktank537 If I may clarify you, the TRILOGY ends only Desmond's story. Ubisoft staff has said that there will be more games, though having a different protagonist.

tanktank537
tanktank537

 @sheamusmorrison Very unlikely, just two people saying it would be cool if they could work on an AC game in that setting.

Mi_7
Mi_7

@gamefreak215jd  the interesting artifact could be Koh-i-noor, as presented in AC: Brahmin!

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

 @true_gamer007 im an indian too . ur right about the concept being too interesting but  the time period may or may not  the colonial period  but pre colonial times were awesome too it was the era.so lots  of the mughals so lots interesting history here as well.

 

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

 @chrisangelo2k7 oh and there's not just Indian accent we also got Turkish some Persian and more and i think you are being racist.

 

true_gamer007
true_gamer007

 @chrisangelo2k7 No need to overreact son. Consider AC1, Altair's voice was changed. If you hate the idea, stay out of this concern.

Hairygrim
Hairygrim

 @chrisangelo2k7 Because the customer is always right & always knows more about the artisan's profession than they do.

 

And developers making a game in a setting that they don't like & don't think will work BUT is what a large proportion of the fanbase want will result in a better game than if it were in a setting that the developers really enjoy the feel of & know plenty of ways to make it fun & interesting BUT isn't what said proportion were asking for.

 

You know, sometimes I get worryingly close to agreeing with that whole 'gamer entitlement' thing...

chiefda
chiefda

@TajinderWalia @chiefda If by any chance you come to know Ubisoft's email ID, please mail my idea to them too. (I tried my level best posting it as comments on Ubi staff's profile page, forums etc.)

chiefda
chiefda

@TajinderWalia @chiefda Yes. I know that, actually I forgot to mention it here but mentioned it elsewhere. She was imprisoned and given a choice- marry Altunia or die.

chiefda
chiefda

 @SHUBHAMPURI Forgot to mention, on their way back to Delhi (7 days trip), they encounter Sultan's forces for 5 days, during which they assassinate important military chiefs and officers. Then forces mysteriously stop attacking them, they think of it as a trap. (Actually, this was the time when Razia Sultan had ascended to the throne and called off the attacks on the assassins ordered by Ruknuddin). Second thing is that after warning Razia Sultan of the conspiracy of the Amirs, they have to find and execute the then Nizam-ul-Mulk (Prime Minister) who went in hiding.

gillen_10
gillen_10

 @Natanoz  WWII is definatly not suitable dont be stupid plus the amount of games set in that bloody time period is just gettin annoying these days

nedsig7
nedsig7

 @true_gamer007 no, I mean southeast Asia, like Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, & etc. not east Asia (japan), the cultures are a lot of different.  The countries in that place have a lot of history about colonization, wars, religions, mixed cultures, & human rights.       

fishballz
fishballz

 @nedsig7 +1 on this. Southeast Asia should not be overlooked. There's a lot of exotic locales and rich history in this region =)