Slightly after Assassin’s Creed 2 dropped a rumor surfaced that the developers wanted to continue to the story of Assassin’s Creed 3 with Ezio returning as the main character. As most of you know this is very different from what happened between the first Assassin’s Creed and the sequel. With Assassin’s Creed 2 we got a new time period, protagonist, and location. Now it seems more and more likely that the third installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise will be set in the same time period with Ezio returning as the main character. This was slightly confirmed today during a third quarter financial conference call with Ubisoft who explained that gamers should expect to see Ezio again, only this time in Rome.
While I would love to play in Rome, I am slightly disappointed by this announcement. Reason being that the Assassin’s Creed team is so great at creating interesting open world environments and characters that I wanted to see what they had planned next. Rome is a great city, and there are plenty parts of Europe that Ezio can explore during this time period, but a fresh story is something that I think Assassin’s Creed fans appreciate. There are plenty of interesting time periods to consider like The French Revolution, The 30 Year War, World War II, The American Revolution, etc. The possibilities are endless for this franchise, so I hope that they do reconsider this. I love Ezio and Assassin’s Creed 2 is one of my favorite games this generation, but I’m willing to say goodbye to him to see what Ubisoft Montreal can conjure up in terms of a new story. Hopefully, they aren’t just doing this to cut down development costs and speed up production to pump out a sequel.
Rumor: Good chance we’ll see multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed 3. Co-op or competitive? We don’t know, but it is something that Ubisoft is looking at.