The Assassin’s Creed 5 location may be Russia, but given current real world events, we have to wonder if there might a change needed in the game just to avoid political unrest. Russia has always been proud of its national heritage, and might not take kindly to a story about rebellion in its history so close to potential war. Considering the situation with Ukraine, Ubisoft may need to postpone the setting and possibly scavenge what they have for another location.
The claim over the Crimea peninsula has led to raised tensions and possibly Naval war, as previously reported by The Inquisitr. Nuclear warheads have reportedly been prepared, and ICBMs fired in response to what appears to be a serious political tug of war. Revisiting a political struggle so soon after such conflict could land Ubisoft in some international trouble. At the least it could get the series banned in Russia, a rather large market for video games.
Retooling a game of that magnitude takes time, as Ubisoft has shown us with Watch Dogs‘ development time, and developing for more powerful consoles could require more time in general. If Ubisoft is forced to change the location, it could postpone the AC 5 release date to 2015.
Assassin’s Creed 5 location: Feudal Japan denied, Ancient Egypt likely http://t.co/wv86ustBYb
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The rumors surrounding the Assassin’s Creed 5 location have been flying for a while now, ever since Black Flag had become a series reviving success. One statement from a Ubisoft representative seems to point away from Russia as the Assassin’s Creed 5 setting, though. They told the public that there would be big hints in the Black Flag spinoff Freedom Cry, a game about slavery in Port au Prince. That game had nothing to do with Russia.
While rumors of feudal Japan and the US Civil War have been counted out at this point, nothing is known of where they could bring the series in the future. Given the architecture in the background of a recent piece of fan art, the AC 5 location could also be set in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. This would make more sense given the slavery scenario used heavily in Freedom Cry. We could easily come across Aladdin in a much more realistic setting, with his lamp being a Piece of Eden.
There is a also a leaked screenshot showing a possible ancient Egypt location for assassin’s creed 5.
— Noah Murphy (@Murphyverse) January 20, 2014
Again, this is mostly speculation, but if the situation between Russia and Ukraine hasn’t calmed down by the planned Assassin’s Creed 5 release date, Ubisoft could be forced to change the game’s location for political reasons. Things like this have happened before. Castle Wolfenstein was required to have all of its Nazi imagery removed for home games, for example.
Do you think tensions between Russia and Ukraine could change the Assassin’s Creed 5 location? Could Ubisoft be forced to postpone the AC 5 release date if the current rumors are true?