Next Assassin's Creed won't be set in Japan

Ubisoft Toronto boss Jade Raymond rules out samurai historical era, but says franchise is travelling to her favorite time period for next installment; but where is that?

Assassin's Creed 5, or whatever Ubisoft ends up calling the next Assassin's Creed title, will not be set in Japan. Ubisoft Toronto boss Jade Raymond made the revelation in a new AdWeek profile. She did, however, say that an Assassin's Creed title set in the samurai age of Japan would be an interesting idea all the same.

If not feudal Japan, then during which time period will this year's Assassin's Creed game be set? Raymond is keeping that to herself for now, but she teased that the game's setting is her favorite historical era. Ubisoft has yet to formally announce 2014's Assassin's Creed title, though the franchise has seen a new release in the core series every year since 2009.

The Assassin's Creed series has been able to jump to different time periods thanks to the Animus. The fictional virtual reality machine from the Assassin's Creed franchise has virtually transported players to destinations like the Renaissance (Assassin's Creed II), the American Revolution (Assassin's Creed III), and the Golden Age of Piracy (Assassin's Creed IV).

The most requested Assassin's Creed settings, according to Ubisoft, are World War II, feudal Japan, and Ancient Egypt. The publisher is also reportedly interested in a future entry set during the British Raj (colonial India), the setting of new comic Assassin's Creed: Brahman.

A report from December claimed that Ubisoft is planning to release two Assassin's Creed titles in 2014, one of which will come to Xbox 360/PlayStation 3, while the other would launch for Xbox One/PlayStation 4. It's not clear where Wii U or PC fit into that mix. That report also suggested that the Assassin's Creed franchise itself is undergoing a "massive re-scope."

Though Ubisoft has not formally commented on the follow-up to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, lead designer of that game Jean-Sebastien Decant said in November that the next games in the series will be "much more next-gen." Black Flag, the first entry in the series for the Xbox One and PS4, was "on the edge" because when Ubisoft started development, it had no idea what the system specifications for those platforms would be, Decant said.

Also in that November 2013 interview, Decant teased that the next entry in the Assassin's Creed series may introduce the next evolution of social features.

"I think we're going toward a gaming place where the open world will be shared with other players," he said. "More and more. Socially speaking, but also maybe multiplayer stuff. And we will have to consider the open-world much more like a platform that we could sustain for years."

Where would you like to see the Assassin's Creed franchise travel to next? Let us know in the comments below.

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

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bourne2live
bourne2live

Yes! An AC set in the sub-continent would be awesome.


But how about one set during the height of the Roman Empire; maybe in north Africa. That way we can encounter the pyramids without having to go way back in time.

kingalvarz
kingalvarz

I really think they should do the Xhosa Wars in South Africa ( Set in late 17th century) It is the wars between the tribes versus the Dutch


MarcKlein
MarcKlein

How about setting it during the Civil War?

MarcKlein
MarcKlein

How about setting it during the Cuvul War?

nedsig7
nedsig7

what about south-east asia? a lot of countries have so much cultures that not much yet expose in video games. set in 1600's, the templars are trade company like VOC, the assasins are the people of the land. exotic places like Singapore, Bali, Malaka, Borneo, Batavia, Bangkok, etc.

jj2112
jj2112

Petra and the last times of the Nabateans with the Roman occupation would be interesting

Rimmerhus
Rimmerhus

I've alway wanted AC to, at some point, be set in the viking age of scandinavia.. 
How awesome would a blond, bearded, axe wielding assassin be? maybe the bad guys could be the christians trying to convert the norse.. 

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

the wild west, because it looks like it will be a long time before Rockstar release a new Red Dead game. WWII or the Three Kingdoms Period of China would be epic too.

DarthStryphe
DarthStryphe

I honestly would love to see the entire game in present day.

M_Robber
M_Robber

Breaking News!


Gamespot brings you: Places AC 5 won't be set.


South Pole

Mars

Minas Tirith (Shadow of Mordor has that covered)

Oz

Santa's Workshop

Rapture

Airborne city of Colombia

Gotham

Metropolis

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darkdragon1288
darkdragon1288

There needs to be an AC game with a cave man assassin and it should be called Assassin's Creed dawn of man.

xbr85
xbr85

Egypt, I can feel this one.

Gomtor
Gomtor

What about the Stone age? With a assassin that makes grunting sounds?

SPUDIRL3
SPUDIRL3

ancient Egypt would be great, underground cities and tombs to explore

shinyyoungster
shinyyoungster

How about the new AC take place in America around the 1960's........Throw in some Castro, JFK, MLK, and Malcom X..............NO???????To soon.............OK

kalipekona
kalipekona

People saying there have been enough Ninja games set in Feudal Japan, are you guys crazy?


How many semi-authentic Feudal Japanese Ninja games do we have?


I can only think of the Tenchu series. And even that was based more on magic and fantasy than an factual feudal Japanese setting.


Using a real setting with real historical characters the way other Assassn's Creed games have done....Japan would be an amazing setting.


Again, we haven't had even one semi-authentic Ninja game that takes place it the time period that Ninja actually historically existed. 


Wannabe Ninja in spandex doing kung fu moves in a modern setting does not constitute a real Ninja game. 


Tenchu got closest, but we haven't had a Tenchu game in years and even those games weren't very authentic.

BradBurns
BradBurns

How about "the empire on which the sun never sets"?

Habsburg Spain, probably the biggest, most influential empire in world history that nobody knows about.

179107199999
179107199999

I would've liked if it took place in a modern time when a certain character had awakened to his ancestor's ablities and takes on abstergo. A modern day Assassin. But oh well.AC was suppose to be a Trilogy.Kudos to Ubisoft for taking the creators' idea and throwing out his input and milking the franchise forcing the creator to leave and go to THQ. then when THQ  went down Ubisoft got their creator back as an asset from the fallen company.they wanted rights to his game 1666 but he wasn't letting that happen and something happened and he had to leave Ubisoft again.With the subterfuge that happened I think an Ubisoft Assassin's Greed game could be made where You can take out the AC creator and take his ideas and do whatever you want with them.Ubisoft is a cancer to gaming.Kudos to them and their U-Play.I wonder if they'll keep following EA's example

kalipekona
kalipekona

That's disappointing. I've been wanting a Feudal Japanese setting since the first game came out. It would be an ideal setting in so many ways. We don't get very many decently realistic games set in ancient Japan. 


As much as I love the Assassin's Creed series I'm getting sick of all the western settings.

zachyoshida
zachyoshida

I don't care what period they do just get rid of multiplayer and make a better single player experience. I think Pete Hines of Bethesda said it best, 


" we don't think adding a feature just for the feature's sake is the right approach...you have to spend all that time polishing, and that time could be spent continuously improving a singleplayer experience."

TBear7130
TBear7130

Always enjoyed the pre-modern American empires, the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas. With the Mayan statues in Assassins Creed IV, maybe one of the next ones will be in the time of the Conquistadors with Pizarro or Cortes.

LOXO7
LOXO7

Multiplayer boo.  Pre-American Civil War.

original_elite
original_elite

I'd love for the game to either take place from sometime in the middle ages or the Elizabethan era. 

Orontes13
Orontes13

May be its set at the beginning of the order -  in the Hellenic age. Or may be the Roman empire.


I would love to see one in the dark ages, something largely ignored in video games, or fiction in general.

skattestop
skattestop

I'd love to see something with Vikings....i mean everybody loves Vikings right ? And you'd get to commandeer a Viking "dragon boat" and go raid the english!

evagelios
evagelios

I understand that they want to take risks, and be edgy by making assassins out of things like Pharaohs and englishmen, and such... But I think Occam's Razor should be put into action, how about we DO assassins creed in feudal Japan, where we know ninja and samurai were being stealthy and such.

Even if we don't cover Nobunaga or the unification of Japan, there is still A LOT to work with.

That being said, who wouldn't want to meet Tokugawa, Hattori Hanzo, Miyamoto Musashi, and the like, and fight by their side?


I honestly believe dodging one of the most assassin heavy times in history until they run out of options is just a bad move.

lokar82
lokar82

This story is stupid, will there be a story for every country the next AC game ISN'T in?  I am voting for Antarctica as I have always wanted to play as a penguin assassin.

phoenix5352
phoenix5352

japan or china would have really been interesting, it could have given more stealth and combat features to the game. but still they ignored that idea.

hyksiu
hyksiu

Maybe its somewhere with a lot of courtesans?

Xevac
Xevac

If they are gona make a game with ninjas i want i to be stealthy with some crawling in the shadows, AC games is not a stealth game, its a loud assasin that blends in, ninjas comes out from nowhere and just slice you open :P

Eldryn
Eldryn

Pretty much every setting in any AC game so far was awesome. Finally we get games with actually interesting settings instead of just "blank desert" like until some years ago.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

@darkdragon1288  But according to the lore of the series, humans didn't evolve on Earth, but were created fully-formed by Those Who Came Before. Hence no cavemen....

BradBurns
BradBurns

@bdiddytampa

Actually, though he was of our same species, the earliest assassinations in history was the European "Ice Man".

Most studies show that he was assassinated by a random person while climbing up a mountain. He had a gold hammer with him, so it was probably a revenge killing, because his body was un-looted. 

Lhomity
Lhomity

@zachyoshida Because Bethesda are so renowned for releasing polished, fully functional games.

kalipekona
kalipekona

@TBear7130  


Those are cool cultures, but as advanced as those societies were I don't think it would make a very good setting for an AC game. 

BradBurns
BradBurns

@original_elite  During the Elizabethan England time period, Habsburg Spain was by far the most powerful country in the world. I'd go with Spain instead. 

Key historical points include Elizabeth's disastrous defeat in the Netherlands, the 1492 discovery of America, and the first major defeat of the Ottoman Empire(Battle of Lepanto). 

Orontes13
Orontes13

@skattestop  Yes, I do!! But stealth/assassination I fear was not the viking way. I would still like to see the game set in the Danelaw, though the protagonist will most likely be a Briton or a Saxon or Irish.

Orontes13
Orontes13

@evagelios  Yes it would probably have been too much work. They would have to develop new fighting styles, new movement styles and so on.


Sigh! May be someday.

sidzero
sidzero

@tom_cat_01 @darkdragon1288 Given that there is approximately 69,000 years between when the solar flare destroyed the First Civilization and when records of human history begin in Sumeria ~6000 BC, I'd say there's plenty of room for a caveman-themed Assassin's Creed.