Assassin’s Creed 3 creative lead Alex Hutchinson said at a Ubisoft press conference yesterday that the time has come for Desmond to end.
“It’s more like The Twilight Zone. There’s always a guy introducing it and he’s there every episode, but each game completes its own story. Assassin’s Creed 1 was Altair’s story. Ezio has been and gone. You can engage with these historical stories individually without having to necessarily understand Desmond’s story. But yes, we eventually do have to wrap it up.” Hutchinson said (via Polygon)
“I think Desmond needs to end,” he said. “At some point. You know what I mean? Things that go on too long lack resonance. We’re asking people to remember seven years’ worth of story. Which is like saying you were in junior high and now you’re finishing college. And you need to remember what you were doing in junior high.”
Hutchinson said that Assassin’s Creed 3 is almost like a totally new IP, with a new character, period, story, setting, and mechanics, with the only remaining element being Desmond.
“Without Desmond, we could have called it anything else, and people would have said okay. It’s just we like the wrapper of being an assassin and being in this continuing war against Templars. There’s huge value in that. But [AC3] is 90% a new game.” said Hutchinson.
A new Assassin’s Creed game is currently in development for the PlayStation Vita called Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation and stars a female assassin with no relations to Desmond.