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Assassin's Creed Story Arc Won't Really "End"

Right now, there's really no final climax in sight for Assassin's Creed.

When Ubisoft writers first sat down to pen the story arc for Assassin's Creed, they planned on an ending.

Things have changed, though. The franchise has taken off; it has become a multi-million-dollar IP with endless possibilities. As such, the idea of an actual "ending" has been shelved, despite Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag director Ashraf Ismail saying a final climax was in the cards. He said this just last year, but lead writer Darby McDevitt recently told Edge that in fact, Ismail's comments weren't "exactly true."

"There's been a bit of confusion in that [Ismail] once said that Assassin's Creed has an ending--that's not exactly true."

McDevitt likens the AC plot to Dr. Who, in that new stories are always possible. This is "because all of history is open to us," said the writer. Given the opportunity - the chance to embrace any era of human history - the developer doesn't want to "end the universe." Back in 2007, the writers planned the following: Abstergo would launch a satellite that controlled people's minds, and that would be the end of things.

As I said, though, things changed. Added McDevitt:

"That unfortunately took a back seat in ACII when they swapped the plot point for the end of the world, which was conveniently going to happen in the same month in 2012. This was a hard date we were going to hit--we realised very quickly that Assassin’s Creed is a popular franchise and we’d like to keep it going."

Just give us more memorable environments and we'll be happy. Right?

Published Jan. 29th 2014
  • Cordy Coleman
    Contributor
    I'm actually glad that it won't end but I do think that stretching it out will diminish quality and in the worst case scenario they'll just up and stop making them without a real conclusion
  • Ryan Kerns
    Featured Columnist
    Black Flag continued the Desmond storyline from where AC3 left off... so that shouldn't surprise anyone. There's also 16 subjects before Desmond... so plenty of material to work with on prequels. Aveline from AC Liberation is from the genetic memories of Subject 1.

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