Assassin’s Creed Empire is scheduled to be the next Assassin’s Creed game coming up in 2017 after a year long break from the series.
The Assassin’s Creed series has (almost) always managed to enthral us with its ability to recreate historical settings to near complete accuracy. From the decadent beauty of renaissance Italy to the steam powered industrial titan that was Victorian London, Ubisoft has shown us that it has arguably perfected the art of taking us back through history throughout the Assassin’s Creed series and now it’s time for Assassin’s Creed Empire.
Fans of Assassin’s Creed have been passionate and vocal about the next Assassin’s Creed location and where they want to be taken in the Assassin’s Creed Empire. Feudal Japan, The Roman Empire, and Ancient Egypt, are all locations with the latter being rumored to be in development now under the title Assassin’s Creed Empire.
While many eras have been hinted at and explained through the ever exciting walls of texts in the menus or in game computers, Ubisoft seems to have really begun to listen to their fans. After the disappointing, somewhat bland setting that was America during their revolution, Ubisoft gave us the Caribbean, the French revolution (bugs and all aside, the setting itself was quite enjoyable), and Victorian London.
What about the others they talked about but never showed us? Those who have been following the Assassin’s Creed franchise since the beginning, or since Assassin’s Creed II (which, let’s admit it— looked and felt very much like the Assassin’s Creed franchise’s real beginning), you may recall the vault beneath Monterrigioni which contained impressive statues of ancient assassins such as Amunet, who assassinated Cleopatra IV with an asp. There was also a statue of Qulan Gal, the assassin of the Mongolian brotherhood who brought down the mighty Genghis Khan, with the help of Altair’s son, Darim.
Take that last assassin, Qulan Gal. Imagine playing as him in the next Assassin’s Creed game as he rides over the steppes of Mongolia (if Assassin’s Creed Empire were to take place in Mongolia), through the woodlands and fields of ancient Asia, on a mission to bring the conqueror and his generals down in the next Assassin’s Creed game after Syndicate with a possible title: Assassin’s Creed Mongolia.
There’s a lot of potential for plot and characters in Assassin’s Creed Mongolia. Let’s not forget that Genghis Khan, formerly known as Temujin, married when he was 16 and soon after was forced to rescue his wife from the Merkits (a powerful tribe) with the help of his blood brother (status, no actual relation), Jamukha, a man who would become his enemy after the rescue, which, resulted in the complete and utter collapse of the Merkits.
Genghis Khan of Mongolia would go on to forge a mighty empire and while his campaign was more or less a growing, bloody onslaught through Asia, it would result in the cultural harmony of the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, via the Silk Road. Go on, try and find a more complex and formidable foe. Genghis Khan is honour bound, somewhat of a romantic (that wife he rescued, though not his only wife, as per tradition, remained his only empress), bloodthirsty, clearly intelligent, and yet also a racist.
Genghis Khan implemented laws that forbade the selling of women, the hunting of animals during the breeding season and fighting between the united tribes. Plus, one of the reasons why he did so well was because Mongolia and Northern Asia saw an unusual change in weather and environmental conditions. The usually arid landscape enjoyed wetter conditions, which of course offered a number benefits in regards to agriculture and the breeding of animals, such as war horses. Quite convenient for the conqueror…can you say, “Piece of Eden”?
Now, a few of you may be thinking “that’s all very well and good, but I’ve been to, or seen picture of, Mongolia and there aren’t really places to free-run”. Well, here’s the thing: Genghis Khan did not die in Mongolia. He died in Yinchuan, in the north of Modern Day China, and former capital of the Xia Dynasty. His generals were spread throughout Asia as well, there’d be no need to set the game solely in Mongolia, and we all know that current generation consoles (or PCs…if you’re into that) are more than capable of handling such a large in-game world. Just look at Grand Theft Auto V, or The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Playing as Qulan Gal in the next Assassin’s Creed game would also allow us to get to know more of Altair’s family dynamic (Maria, Altair, and their son Darim supposedly aided Qulan Gal), as well as explore just a tiny fraction of ancient Slavic countries, and China. See Ubisoft, you can assassinate two birds with one hidden blade.
Regardless of whether or not we ever get to see such a pivotal moment in history from beneath the hood of an assassin, we look forward to the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Empire next year. If they can successfully launch a game set in what was predominately a desert (make no mistake, there’s no doubt that Ancient Egypt will be an excitingly beautiful place), surely Mongolia isn’t so difficult to imagine. Hopefully they don’t offer it to us in 2.5D.