An Assassin’s Creed modern day game isn’t likely, according to Ubisoft, and neither is a Watch Dogs crossover. Fans have been wondering for quite a while if Assassin’s Creed‘s protagonist will ever simply step out of the animus to fight the Templars for the entire game, and the developers have officially denied it will ever happen.
From the beginning, Assassin’s Creed has always been about going back in time using “genetic memories” to replay major events in the lives of Desmond Miles’ ancestors.
We started with Altair, an assassin who uncovered a hidden truth behind his demotion in the ancient days of Jerusalem. Then Desmond’s memories continued with the adventures of Ezio Auditore, an Italian born into a family of assassins who took on the Templars in the Renaissance era. It all carried on with Connor, a Native American with apparently British ancestry doing his part during the US Civil War. We know he has British ancestry because his great grandfather was Edward Kenway, the pirate from Assassin’s Creed IV.
In the first three major Assassin’s Creed titles, the modern day was sprinkled in as a sort of side quest which unraveled mysteries all its own and even left the story hanging between games.
Ubisoft: Modern Day Assassin’s Creed Mechanically Unfeasible so we called it Watch_Dogs instead. http://t.co/HXPKZbxkwP
— Justin Clouse (@Slycne) November 6, 2013
Assassin’s Creed IV lead writer Darby McDevitt said about the possibility of taking our hero out of the animus for one game:
“I doubt we would do a modern day AC. There are just too many mechanics we would have to develop to make it believable … vehicles, plausible modern cities, a huge array of ranged weapons, etc. The modern day will most likely remain as a ‘context’ for all future games, something to tie them all together. As for the Assassin Templar storyline resolving. I don’t think so. Its been going for 80,000 years already. Why stop it now? “
In reality, a modern day Assassin’s Creed would probably play out a lot like Grand Theft Auto 5, and that title wasn’t without its game-breaking problems right out of the gate. One possibility that we at The Inquisitr thought of was that since Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs were both Ubisoft titles being planned as individual series themselves, it would be interesting to see them cross over for one game.
It appears that isn’t likely either, since Darby McDevitt stated that the two games are not set in the same universe, despite an Easter Egg uncovered which might have tied them together. He did tease that Watch Dogs might scratch our itch to see a modern day Assassin’s Creed, though.