This is the first time in a really long time that Ubisoft is not releasing an Assassin’s Creed game. One of the main reasons that no Assassin’s Creed game came out was because a series fatigue had set in. It had become too tedious and as a result, sales of the games were getting affected. So with the series taking a break this year, hopes of a fresh looking game are up. With rumors that the next game will be called Empire. It will predate every other game in the series, the expectations are even higher. So with Empire all but confirmed, here are some things the next installment has to have –
A BUG FREE EXPERIENCE
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was a good game without any major flaws yet the sales of the game were average at best. The reason? Assassin’s Creed Unity. Unity was one of the most buggy game ever made by Ubisoft. While some of the errors were funny, like the player’s faces disappearing, some were horrific. So it was no surprise when just a year later Syndicate was launched, most of the people avoided it. Yes, Syndicate was a great game, but Unity had ruined everything for it. Majority of people thought those errors couldn’t be fixed in a year. Hence, it was Syndicate that suffered from Unity’s mistakes. Ubisoft would do well to learn this and provide a bug free game for the longevity of the series.
WE NEED MORE HUMOR
The Assassin’s Creed franchise has a long list of dour and serious characters. So when Syndicate gave us the wise cracking Frye, it was a whiff of fresh air. Yes, the Assassins are cold blooded murders, but we have had more than half a decade of brooding characters. Empire needs to carry forward Syndicate’s good work. The characters of Syndicate were different and gave a fresh look to the game. With series fatigue setting in, Ubisoft would do well to bring in such characters. It is a side that hasn’t been explored fully yet. It is such wise cracks that made Naughty Dog games so beloved. Replicate it Ubisoft.
BRING BACK LORNE BALFE
The background score by Lorne Balfe was the one highlight of the underwhelming Assassin’s Creed III. The Revelations theme was the best score in the entire game. So it came as a surprise when Ubisoft didn’t call him back for Assassin’s Creed IV. Revelations and AC III had some of the best music in the entire series. None of the other games had scores in the same plane. Ubisoft would do well to call him back for Empire. His music injects a new life into the game.
BRING BACK STRONG CHARACTERS
Ever since Ezio and Altair were retired, we are yet to have a truly memorable character. Yes, Edward from Black Flag came pretty close. But then it had more to do with the uniqueness of the game than with his mannerisms. I don’t care that Ubisoft decides to have a female lead. I truly don’t have any issue with it. But I will have an issue with it if the character is half baked like Connor, Haytham or Arno. A truly memorable character is what the series needs to bring it back to life.
A NEW PLOT LINE
If you look back at all the Assassin’s Creed games, you will notice that all of them are essentially revenge tales apart from Black Flag and Revelations. One of the major reasons that Black Flag succeeded was because of this new take. This revenge plot-line has been so overused by now that if Ubisoft uses it one more time, I am going to start a petition on Change.org. It was amazing to play as Edward with a completely different set of morals and motivation. The revenge element was present in Black Flag and Revelations too, but it wasn’t shoved down our throats right at the start of the game.
MORE THIRD PARTIES
Essentially, all the Assassin’s Creed games are basically Assassins vs. the Templars. Apart from this, the rulers, governments and other official parties too play some part in the game. Now we have been seeing this for nearly a decade now. To reinvigorate the series, introduce more third parties. Wouldn’t it be cool if other shadow organizations like the Illuminati or Temple Orientis or some other sect was introduced as well. It would be so much better than just fighting the Templars and the Government. It would add another dimension to the game as well as allow for some spectacular twists.
ADD A MODERN DAY CHARACTER OR REMOVE THAT PART ALTOGETHER
Ever since the Desmond arc got over in Assassin’s Creed III, Ubisoft is having trouble introducing a modern day character. Black Flag had a first person view of the modern day and 2 minutes of actual storyline to it. Unity and Syndicate too had similar issues. The fact that Abstergo is making a game using the Animus while at the same time take over the world is equally absurd too. With a game within a game, it looks like Ubisoft is more interested in out inception-ing the Inception than providing a good story. If Ubisoft can’t provide us with a good playable character in the modern day, it would be better if it just removed it altogether. The concept of the Animus has been established. A game without it can work very well.
AN EMPIRE IN JAPAN
Now it has been rumored that Empire is set in Egypt. So please, for the love of God Ubisoft don’t do this. Please, just please set the game in feudal Japan. The Assassins are stealthy killers and what better a setting than the land of the Ninjas? A game set in Japan would allow Ubisoft to explore the land as well as the naval aspects of the game. The crazy rulers of that time, the tension between Clans and the Yakuza will make for a heady cocktail if done right. Just the thought of this setting is giving me goosebumps.
So here are some of the things I believe Assassin’s Creed Empire should have. Did I miss anything important? What are your thoughts about this? Do let us know in the comments section below.