Assassin’s Creed Origins Survey May Tease Settings Of Future Games

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Assassin's Creed Origins gave players a beautiful look at ancient Egypt, but future franchise games could be headed to historical Japan, China or Russia. Assassin's Creed Origins is available now on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Origins transported players to the majestic era of ancient Egypt, but a new fan survey from Ubisoft may tease something different for the franchise’s future. According to baritoneninja on the Assassin’s Creed subreddit, a short questionnaire was dispatched Friday to a select group of Assassin’s Creed fans.

The survey focused on many topics such as general satisfaction with Origins and the region of each user, but the most interesting question came later:

Among this list of settings, which ones would be appealing for a future Assassin’s Creed Game? (Please select up to three settings.)

  • Genghis Khan and the Mongol invasions
  • The invasion of the Americas by the Spanish Conquistadors
  • Joan of Arc’s battles and rise of the Black Death during the Hundred Years War
  • The Spanish Inquisition, setting of the Assassin’s Creed movie
  • The Warlord Battles in Feudal Japan
  • The Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta in Classical Greece
  • William the Conqueror and the invasion of England
  • Viking invasions and their great army
  • The violent conflicts of the Imperial Dynasties in Medieval China
  • Hannibal’s invasion of Rome
  • The Dark Ages and Historical King Arthur
  • The rise of the Roman Empire in the Mediterranean Basin
  • The conquests of Alexander the Great
  • The overthrow of the Tsar Empire by the Communists during the Russian Revolution

The option that’s going to stick out to most fans is, of course, Feudal Japan, a setting that’s been demanded by fans repeatedly over the past decade. Back in 2014, Ubisoft Creative Director Alex Hutchinson mostly dismissed the idea when speaking to Total Xbox:

"Feudal Japan would work as an Assassin's game, for sure,” he said. “But I feel like it would start to look like 'oh, have I played this?' You know what I mean - 'oh, I've been a ninja before, I've been a samurai before.'"

In other words, while Hutchinson admitted he wouldn’t rule out Japan, Hutchinson felt Assassin’s Creed was better served as a franchise that could introduce players to historical eras they’ve never experienced in games before. Hutchinson’s last franchise game was Assassin’s Creed III, however, and he left Ubisoft in February to co-found his own studio, Typhoon Games.

With recent focuses on revolutionary France, Victorian England and ancient Egypt, one might say that desire to differentiate has changed to some degree and the vision for Assassin’s Creed has shifted to showcase a historical greatest hits of settings more than anything else. In other words, the fact that a beloved setting like Feudal Japan is mentioned in this survey could potentially be very telling. It’s only one of 14 possible options, but the fact that it’s listed at all means it is considered. It may be a while before we see any results, but there’s definitely an internal roadmap in the works.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out a few awesome points of interest beyond Japan as well. If we were voting we’d also probably pick China, revolutionary Russia, historical King Arthur or even the Vikings. Especially with the new melee combat system, the latter could be very interesting indeed.

Assassin’s Creed Origins is available now on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Which of these settings would you like to see after Origins? Does this survey paint an accurate picture of the series’ future? Tell us in the comments section!

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