Why Assassin's Creed needs to visit Victorian London
- Posted February 24th, 2013 at 10:27 EDT by Michael Harradence
Ubisoft finally broke away from the trappings of the Italian Renaissance and likable ladies’ man Ezio Auditore with last year’s Assassin’s Creed III, introducing a brand new setting and hero. However, while Connor Kenway’s American Revolution adventure provided the most expansive and innovative Assassin’s Creed in years, it seems that Ubisoft has no intention of going down the trilogy route again, confirming that the next instalment in the historical stab-‘em-up series – due in FY2014 – will once again acquaint us with a new protagonist and time period. In other words, Connor’s story is done and dusted.
While there is a myriad of historical periods the series could visit next, PSU has to nominate Victorian London for the next setting. So, why Merry Old England you ask? Well, there are many reasons. Assassin’s Creed is synonymous with patriarchal, iconic landmarks, something which ACIII eschewed for the most part, instead opting to focus more on the open countryside. However, London would bring back this feeling of grandeur, with towering landmarks to scale and observe the world below you. Big Ben was completed during the Victorian age, and you also have the sprawling Houses of Parliament, not to mention medieval staples The Tower of London among others. Any of these structures would provide ample opportunity for the new Assassin to perform the legendary Leap of Faith off of (hopefully into a conveniently-placed hay kart below).
In addition, Blighty’s capital would also prove great opportunity to build upon the Frontier missions from ACIII, joining the wealth of side-quests that will undoubtedly be on offer. Remember Connor searching for the Headless Horseman? UFOs? Big Foot? Well, there’d be no better place to delve into some urban legends than the home of Big Ben. London is notorious for being one of the most haunted places in the world, so we’d love to see players be able to solve some spooky mysteries in between the main quest.
More importantly, we also have the prospect of investigating the case of Jack the Ripper and apprehending the mysterious Springheeled Jack. Perhaps the latter was actually a slippery assassin? Or maybe Jack the Ripper was a rogue Templar? We’re sure Ubisoft could weave the necessary narrative threads in order to tie these side quests into the main story’s rich tapestry.
Aside from that, London itself was a huge place; during around 1834 – 1925, it was the largest city in the world, making it an ideal playground for the Assassin’s Creed series. Weaving through the crowded streets and bustling markets would not only make the city feel alive, but also put your assassin’s stealth skills to great use. Furthermore, it’ll also allow Ubisoft to go to down on the crowd dynamics, harkening back to the more heavy-populated cities of past games, such as Rome and Florence. Furthermore, the U.K.’s capital is as rich and diverse in its architecture and landscape as any of the locations we’ve seen, with the River Thames providing a great contrast to the smoggy, crowded streets, while the surrounding countryside is sure to provide players with plenty of exploration.
Lastly, it also opens up an entirely new box of tricks in terms of weapons and transport, offering a new dimension to gameplay. Aside from the obvious advancement in firearm technology, London’s rail service was cobbled together in the 1800; this would provide a great backdrop to some missions (imagine having to stalk your victim throughout the course of several days on board a train, blending in and gathering info before culminating in the actual assassination) in addition to providing a great method of transport.
Where would you like to see Assassin’s Creed go next? Let us know in the comments section below.