Assassin's Creed fans often talk about where they want the series to go next. From Ancient Egypt to Victorian London, Ubisoft's stealth-action-turned RPG franchise has taken players all over the world and across time in stunning fashion. One of the most exciting things about these games is that we can end up anywhere - and anywhen.
We still have no idea where or when the next Assassin's Creed is taking us, but over on Reddit fans have expressed their surprise and disappointment at one era the series has never really touched: ancient Rome.
I confess, as someone who's only really familiar with the newer games I did have to double check that Ubisoft had never set a game in ancient Rome before - it seems like such a no-brainer, after all. Alas, while we've had adventures set in Rome or during the same period as the Roman Empire, we've never actually had a game that takes place in Rome during the height of the Empire's powers. What a waste.
"We had Rome during the Renaissance (Brotherhood) and stuff involving the ancient Romans(Origins)," writes steveosek on the Assassin's Creed subreddit. "But never a game actually set in Rome/the ancient Roman empire, and it bums me out. I'd have loved going around Rome when it was at its full glory to see all the amazing architecture when it was still pristine."
Plenty of fans agreed. There's a ton of history packed into ancient Rome, and it seems such a shame that we haven't had a chance to explore it via the unique lens Assassin's Creed provides. As another user pointed out, between 60-70 AD alone manages to squeeze in the reign and fall of Nero, the great Fire of Rome, and the eruption of Vesuvius. All perfect events for an Assassin's Creed adventure.
"And you've also got lots of opportunities for connections with the other games," added Zuazzer. "Leonius from AC2 could be alive at this point in time, you could explore what would later become the Romulus lairs in Brotherhood, you could perhaps find some memory seals or notes left by Amunet from Origins, and finally, year 72 is of course when the Colosseum started construction."
The good news is that Assassin's Creed clearly isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so ancient Rome is probably more of a question of "when", not "if". As for the series' more immediate future? We don't know for sure, but recent reports suggest we may be returning to the Third Crusade.
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