Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag director Ashraf Ismail has said in an interview with the Examiner that he wants to take the series towards ancient Egypt.
‘I’m not saying we are going there, but one day I would love to explore Egypt as a setting for this game,’ he said. ‘Ancient Egypt could be a really cool place. We have a really cool explanation for how we can do this, and it is with this Animus device that allows us to go to anytime in history.’
Which actually sounds a little less ‘really cool’ and a little more ‘half baked’ to me. He went on to note that even if they did green light an Egyptian adventure, we wouldn’t see it until 2016 at the earliest.
‘I would say one of the best things we have going for us is how we can play with history,” he said. “It was never a set rule that we always get closer to the present day. We were a bit surprised by people who were saying, ‘how do you go back in time, how’s that possible?’ It’s that Animus device we have. But again, I’m not saying Egypt is where the next one is going, it’s just where I would like it to go.’
We’re put in mind of Ubisoft’s 2011 fan survey, seeking the most popular destination for future titles. Options at the time included Medieval China, Victorian England, Caesar’s Rome, the Tsarist overthrow during the Russian revolution and Ismail’s own preference, Ancient Egypt. We’d be intrigued to see the series visit an emerging Communist Russia, not only because of the potential for some awesome game play, but to see how Ubisoft goes about dealing with the politics involved in that sort of time frame. Whose side do you think the Assassins would come down on, Communist revolutionaries or the feudal Tsars? Where would you like the game to go? Let us know in the comments below.