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More Modern-Day Sequences In Next Assassin's Creed?

They're hardly the most memorable segments of any Assassin's Creed but maybe they'll be better in the future.

As franchise followers know, each story actually revolves around Desmond, who lives in a modern-day time period. We do occasionally control Desmond but 99 percent of the time, we're controlling one of his ancestors (Ezio, Connor, etc.). And actually, in last year's Unity, there was no Desmond and no modern-day sections.

Ubisoft may return to the idea, though. Lead writer Darby McDevitt said during a recent Twitch livestream that he wants to "smartly reuse things so we can have a more robust modern day." He was referring to Monteriggioni from Assassin's Creed II, one of his favorite modern-day moments. And originally, they did plan to have modern-day content in Unity but these segments didn't make the final cut due to budget and timing concerns:

"The thing with Unity was that it was a completely fresh game on a completely fresh generation [of consoles]. So creating any kind of modern day is a pretty huge ask. To create a city, for instance, or even part of a city, would require six months of work by many, many artists, designers, modellers. And then you'd need gameplay systems that didn't feel like you were just fencing."

As for an AC set in the future, that remains an unlikely proposition. McDevitt says "there are just too many mechanics we would have to develop to make it believable." And besides, as Ubisoft has said before, history is like a giant playground for this series.

Unity did have alternate reality segments, like occupied Paris during World War II, but no current sequences. And that was okay by me.

Tags: assassins creed, assassins creed sequel, ubisoft

2/27/2015 11:37:45 AM Ben Dutka

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matt99
Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 12:13:23 PM
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Yeah, this franchise is rooted in history. A modern/future setting would ruin it. I did enjoy the moments outside the animus in ACII so I don't mind those, but the main game has to centre around a historical time period. (Ancient Egypt, Rome or Greece would be awesome!!)

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Voyager236
Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 12:14:24 PM
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AC franchise lost its purpose after AC3 ending. The main reason that made me play all those games was modern day story. Now, the game is just a playground in the past with repetitive missions, gameplay and different skins scenarios.

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Commander_Jim
Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 11:56:19 PM

Really? You played through all the AC games for the awful modern day story that made up like 2% of the games?

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Underdog15
Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ 5:04:17 PM

I actually like the modern day segments, as well.

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xenris
Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 12:24:18 PM
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I only played AC3 because I was really curious about the story and the apple etc.

Now I know how the story ends essentially so they would have to do something real fancy to pull me back in.

The gameplay in AC games is good but it really isn't that amazing anymore IMO. Other games do what it does better I think.

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Jawknee
Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 1:25:45 PM
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They should nix those segments all together.

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coverton341
Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 1:41:40 PM
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Black Flag didn't really revolve around him as a character but more as a Deus Ex Machina. They really went reaching for it to have some sort of tie in and it just fell flat for me. I'd be more than happy if they just stopped with it all together because like Voyager said, it sort of lost it's purpose and direction. They should do some sort of spin off thing if they are going to annualise it and milk it dry.

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DemonNeno
Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 2:00:48 PM
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The segments aren't worth it. It had a bit of mystique at first, but has lost its purpose with time. Although, the segments in Black Flag weren't too shabby.

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Lord carlos
Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 3:51:47 PM
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they have no idea how the story is going to end in the series or what its even about anymore so fork em,its just blah blah blah rinse and repeat.
although i have yet to play rouge and unity....and i'm not really bothered about it.

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PC_Max
Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 5:06:58 PM
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To be honest I would like them to just go back to the original gameplay and story line that the original Desmonds series had with Enzio. It seemed to me the writers and such knew what they were doing at that time.

And in as much as there were a lot of Desmond haters out there I rather liked the character which Ubisoft never really did anything with. Based on AC2 and such I actually thought the games were eventually going to lead up to a game or half a game playing as Desmond in a modern city using his skills that were picked up via the Animus journeys. And that never happened. They gave us a weak dab or stab with him in AC3 and that really was not satisfying. In the end people I guess just got annoyed playing him altogether.

Mind you we did get to do more with him in AC: Revelation as well as the Subject 16 DLC, but again that really did not amount to much. I think it was a mistake ignoring the potential with the Desmond character.

Will have to see where Ubisoft takes it next.

Keep playing!

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Commander_Jim
Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 11:59:30 PM
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Ugh. I was happy that the modern day storyline was all but left out of the last couple of games. It was sht from the beginning, just a device to make sense of going back in time to various ancestors. AC is way better when the stories of each individual game are standalone Assassins vs Templars stories.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ 3:03:50 AM
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sounds okay to me and yeah history was part of the whole thing ith AC so it guess it would take a big part of what made AC great it the first place and ditch it and that would be pritty stink. but then after all that i'm sure he knows what he's talking about with regard to all the mechanics and such things i would be willing to take his word for all that atm, and i think they should just stick with that they've got atm and makes some more improvements that would be good

happy gaming

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