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The original Assassin's Creed is a game that absolutely deserves our respect. Ubisoft's debut open-world stealth-action game was a huge deal when it launched back in 2007, and would go on to form the foundations for almost every modern open-world AAA title that followed it - for better or worse.
Of course it is possible to appreciate what Assassin's Creed did, while also acknowledging that parts of it have aged like an unflushed poo in a rusty toilet bowl. Go back to it today and the parkour and combat, which once felt like they straddled the bleeding edge of now, feel clunky and cumbersome. Altair is a fairly dull protagonist compared to those that followed in his footsteps. It's no secret that almost every Assassin's Creed that came after the original was better in pretty much every way, but that's how it's supposed to be. And that's okay!
Considering there are nearly 15 years and two console generations between the original Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed Valhalla, fans now believe that it's time for Ubisoft to return to the game that started it all and deliver a ground-up remake that makes use of everything the series has learned over the years.
In a post over on the Assassin's Creed subreddit, fans were discussing the fact that the first Assassin's Creed is still pretty damn impressive for 2007. The conversation then moved on to what a remake - not a remaster - would look like, and I have to say that I'm fully here for it.
"Remake, rather than remaster," wrote morphinapg. "You can keep the existing dialogue and story structure, but new animations, improved gameplay mechanics and responsiveness, totally redesigned graphics, expanded cities with more content, etc."
"AC1, but unity graphics and parkour is my dream," added ivequiinox_.
While there some disagreements as to whether this idyllic remake should look more like Origins or Unity, all were in agreement that it's about time that the game that started it all got another shot at life. It's unlikely to happen any time soon, of course, given that Ubisoft remains focused on supporting Valhalla and developing the sequel to 2020's instalment. Still, with the franchise turning 15 in 2022, you never know what surprises might be in store.
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