Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was recently announced by Ubisoft. When the news broke that players would be taking the reins of a campaign set in the Caribbean with pirates, well, all I could do was think about where I’d rather be.
Here are four places and ages that sound better to me.
Viking Age in Scandinavia
Pirates? Forget pirates. I can’t even describe the massive eyeroll that reflexively went down when I noticed the pirate/Assassin flag sitting on the art for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Look, pirates are crap now. It’s time to venture to the far north during the middle ages. Let’s hit the Viking Age in Scandinavia. There’s plenty of honor, violence, axes, snow and sweet, sweet beards.
Oh, and you think the Colonies played a great host for sea mechanics in Assassin’s Creed III? The vikings were pro at building ships and conquering islands. Throw in some Templar tribe, and you’ve got yourself an open sea battle for the ages.
Great Wall Building China
Ancient China spent generations upon generations building, rebuilding and expanding the Great Wall. It was used both as a way to fortify against enemy invaders and to control the flow of goods in and out of the country.
Why not play as an Assassin in the Mongolian ranks while your horde plots to overtake the Great Wall? How awesome would it be to infiltrate an ancient Chinese dynasty? Don’t worry, there were plenty of massive pagodas to climb.
London During the Industrial Revolution
While this wouldn’t necessarily be an age of epic conflict, it would be sweet to serve as an Assassin during the Industrial Revolution in London. Maybe play a special role in creating the technology that brought in a new age.
Even better, this would give Ubisoft the perfect excuse to explore London from two centuries ago with, I don’t know, steampunk Assassin gear?
New York City, 500 Years From Now
History is great. I personally love what Ubisoft has done with the Renaissance and American Revolutionary eras. Still, I can’t help thinking that a journey into the far future would be incredible for the Assassin’s Creed franchise.
This storyline has always had a science fiction undercurrent. Why not just embrace that theme and run full speed ahead into the distant future? Let’s give one of Desmond’s descendants the keys to a socially corrupt and heavily futuristic New York City that’s being controlled entirely by Templar. I’d love that.[Header image courtesy of Yngvill.]