A leaker claims that they know the setting of the next Assassin's Creed game, and their track record means that they could be onto something here.
YouTuber j0nathan, who is a content creator specialising in a range of Ubisoft's titles, was bang on with details about Assassin's Creed Valhalla before the studio had officially announced it. Be that as it may, it's important to consider these new tidbits with caution, as it's possible that j0nathan has gotten the wrong end of the stick, but the way that they've presented these hints is interesting to say the least. In this video, they disprove a lot of the rumours about the next Assassin's Creed entry, but they also reveal a number of clues as codes and teasers.
At various points, if you pause at lightning speed, there's a Templar Cross, an icon of an island, a building, and a mountain, sets of geographical coordinates, colours, binary code, and even a QR code for a Spotify song. Reddit user BrunoHM has collated all of these with a theory as to what j0nathan is trying to suggest with the teasers. They settle on the Third Crusade, which took place over three years in the 12th century in western Asia. The Angevin Empire was led by Richard I of England and Philip II of France, assisted by the Knights Templar. Their actions were against those of the Sunni Muslim forces who were directed by Saladin and Rashid ad-Din Sinan.
So, that's a notable name to Assassin's Creed fans. Rashid was the real name of Al Mualim, the mentor of Altair and the Masyaf Assassins. Altair was tasked with the killing of Robert IV de Sable at the battle of Arsuf towards the end of the Third Crusade, before he killed Al Mualim for betraying the cause. The name Rashid written in Arabic appears in the video, as well as coordinates for Dubrovnik, Croatia, which is where Richard the Lionheart stopped on his journey back to England from Anatolia. The colours are also red, white, and blue, which BrunoHM says must be the French flag, linking Richard I and Philip II once again.
The prevailing thinking is that the game (developed by Ubisoft Sofia and releasing in 2022) is going to be set following the events of the Third Crusade, and the main open worlds will be France and Germany. Cities could be Acre, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Vienna, Cologne and Paris. Richard I is said to have ordered the killing of the future king of Jerusalem by the Assassins, and so there's plenty of opportunity for the group to continue collaborating with the Angevin Empire. In fact, it might even be that the protagonist is a Templar, and witnessing the Order depreciate after de Sable's death, becomes an Assassin instead. As aforementioned this isn't confirmed, yet it is an intriguing turn for the series that has enjoyed exploring the origins of the Hidden Ones and the Order of the Ancients.
Dean Abdou actually has a cracking idea on when and where Assassin's Creed should trot to next. "This period in particular has so much for us to talk about, to learn about and be thrilled by - so much that you could believe it was already something from an Assassin's Creed game," he explained about this African country. "The history here involves pirates, kings, and rebellion, events which out of context sound magical, and it all fits with the direction that the last few Assassin's Creed games have been travelling in."
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