Is Assassin’s Creed 5 ending the series? According to Ubisoft, the story of the series has an ending, but it could be years away. There is really no reason to end it now, after Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag has shown to be the best game in the series since the initial adventures of Ezio Auditore da Firenze.
To end the series now would be to leave the fans wanting more, and Ubisoft did promise a new Assassin’s Creed every year until the series no longer sells like they expect. Anyone who did the hacking mini-missions in AC4 probably has some idea where the series could go from its current setting. According to the video below, Ashraf Ismail stated that there is an ending, but generally as long as the game continue to sell, the overall story arc will simply expand.
The genetic memories of Desmond Miles (or Subject 17) are probably done now, but there have proven to be other subjects from the game’s fictional producer Abstergo Entertainment. Subject Zero was hinted at in the hacking minigames, so it’s possible that her genetic memories could be where Assassin’s Creed 5 is ending up. Subject 16 was also a possibility hinted at back in AC2, Brotherhood, and Revelations. Essentially there are plenty of “memories” to use that haven’t even been seen yet.
There is also some advertising on the screens when you visit the head honcho of Abstergo in Assassin’s Creed 4, pointing to the corporate decision to use pirates. If you pay attention, you’ll notice that it also mentions zombies and ninjas as ideas that were scrapped.
This is ironic considering that it could have Assassin’s Creed 5 ending up in feudal Japan, where the ninjas were originally farmers fighting for freedom from the technologically superior samurai. Technically that was Japan’s civil war, and it would be arrogant for the US to think they were the only country to have one.
“There’s been a bit of confusion in that [Ismail] once said that Assassin’s Creed has an ending – that’s not exactly true. This storyline has an ending, but because all of history is open to us we see the universe as a Doctor Who type thing. There are so many possibilities we don’t want to definitively end the universe, but we can have storylines that have endings. The end of the Desmond trilogy changed slightly but it was always intended to end that way. And then about two years ago we planned for another story … [But] we’ve moved on from specifically defining when a story will end.”
There is the definite possibility that Desmond Miles’ story ends with Captain Edward Kenway, and the idea of Assassin’s Creed 5 ending anything is a complete fallacy. AC5 could actually be beginning another story. As Ubisoft stated before, the series will go on every year until the games stop selling.