Future Assassin's Creed Games Could Have More Modern Day Sections
"We always plan to have more modern day but we have to be really smart about how we do it," writer Darby McDevitt says.
New installments in the Assassin's Creed series will place a greater emphasis on the franchise's modern day story than 2014's Assassin's Creed Unity, lead writer Darby McDevitt has suggested. Unity did have some alternate history sections, though they were not as extensive as those from previous games.
This could change in the future, McDevitt explains as part of a recent Ubisoft community livestream. He revealed that his favorite Assassin's Creed modern-day moment--the Monteriggioni town in Brotherhood--could influence future installments.
"That only came about because [we] were able to reuse Monteriggioni from AC2," McDevitt explained (via Eurogamer). "So the future--and this is the plan--is to smartly reuse things so we can have a more robust modern day."
He went on to explain that Ubisoft originally planned for Unity to have more modern day moments, but they didn't make the final cut due to budget and timing concerns.
"We always plan to have more modern day but we have to be really smart about how we do it. There was a plan for a little more modern day in Unity - a plan," McDevitt said.
"The thing with Unity was that it was a completely fresh game on a completely fresh generation [of consoles]. So creating any kind of modern day is a pretty huge ask," he added. "To create a city, for instance, or even part of a city, would require six months of work by many, many artists, designers, modellers. And then you'd need gameplay systems that didn't feel like you were just fencing."
Speaking last year about the possibility of an entire Assassin's Creed game set in modern times, McDevitt said this would be unlikely. "I doubt we would do a modern day AC. There are just too many mechanics we would have to develop to make it believable," he said at the time. "Vehicles, plausible modern cities, a huge array of ranged weapons, etc. The modern day will most likely remain as a 'context' for all future games, something to tie them all together..."
Also during the presentation, McDevitt teased that he's recently been working with other Ubisoft writers to dive into the history of the Assassin's Creed franchise's mysterious ancient earth-colonizers called the First Civilization.
"I particularly love the lore," he said. "I've been working the past two years, with all the other writers, on getting a great document together on the First Civilization. We've created 500, 600, 700 years worth of history that we hope to start teasing out for the next 10, 20 years or however long we're around."
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