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Published on March 2nd, 2013 | by Paul Arroyo

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[Friday Five] Unwanted Assassin’s Creed Eras

With the freshly announced Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, we feel there is enough room for speculation other possibilities of time periods Ubisoft may allow us to visit. We like that Ubisoft has created worlds based upon virtually untouched pieces of history in the realm of video games and hope they keep it that way. While there are many time periods we would like to see, there are many we wouldn’t; some of them due to being referenced too many times in popular culture.

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Vampiric folklore – 1450 CE

Who hasn’t heard of vampires? From Blade to True Blood to Twilight, vampires have been made a home in our world via various fantasy stories, television shows, and movies. However, since Assassin’s Creed is largely based on true events, fantasy vampire scenarios are out of the question. If anything even remotely associated with vampires were to be included, Assassin’s Creed would tackle the very person most vampires were based upon: Vlad the Impaler of Hungary.After all, Vlad the Impaler coins are already found in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Due to so many references in today’s media, vampires are much too common nowadays therefore this would just feel like a rehash of all that’s already been laid before us.

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Ninjas – 1500 CE

Amazingly agile and a master of stealth and trickery, the ninja would make sense. That’s exactly why being a ninja assassin would be so predictable and an overall detriment to the structure of Assassin’s Creed.  Not only are there far too many ninja games, but visiting a time period where ninjas are prevalent would discount the unique eras we’ve visited such as The Crusades and The Renaissance. Besides, we already have access to smoke bombs, throwing knives, and poison darts.

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The Civil War -1861-1865

While it would probably be fun to interact with Abraham Lincoln in video game form, the biggest issue with an American Civil War theme is that it would be much too similar to Assassin’s Creed III’s American Revolution theme. The country would be the same: USA; it would have two opposing armies; the protagonist would probably be caught somewhere in the middle of everything; and I am not so sure many people would be fond of a video game with references to slavery.

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Ancient Greece – 1600 BCE

I can see it now: our assassin is decked out in an off-white toga fully equipped with a spear and sword. The Mycenaeans have recently defeated the Minoans, and you must do whatever it takes to defend Troy. Worshiping the gods atop Mt. Olympus just became a lot more dangerous. This would more than likely just be extremely boring, as would anything around this time period. Much of the architecture during this time would make it exceedingly difficult for any Assassin’s Creed protagonist to traverse the environment, eliminating the parkour element we so love. I would stick to researching history if enough interest arises on said era.

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World War II – 1939-1945

If I wanted to play a game based on a World War II, I would play Call of Duty, Battlefield, or Medal of Honor; the list can go on and on. It has been referenced many times that Adolf Hitler was a Templar, but it should really just remain that. It wouldn’t even be worth using hidden blades to assassinate targets in an era that is dominated by firearms. Just use an M1 Garand. If there should ever be an Assassin’s Creed game with far advanced firearms than we’ve seen so far, it should be focused during the present time with Desmond.

Ubisoft has managed to create a phenomenal series that’s allowed us to explore historical time periods that were previously untouched. Let’s hope they continue to do so. The next installment may be based on pirates, but there is still plenty of room here for a Templar top strut his stuff, especially in comparison to some of these other historical eras that are better left alone.

Is there a time period you wouldn’t like to see in an Assassin’s Creed game? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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