After Ubisoft representatives announced the date and time of their E3 press conference, information regarding the next installment of the critically-acclaimed Assassin’s Creed series was accidentally released on the company’s Facebook page. Though the well-known game publisher was rumored to announce the title this May, one of its representatives accidentally posted a teaser trailer, which was subsequently grabbed by forum members from NeoGAF and immortalized on external servers. The video reveals the fourth major installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise for consoles, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.
According to the moderators of the aforementioned forum, a Flash file containing the logo and Altair’s name in Arabic script popped up, displaying a link that revealed an “exclusive look at the upcoming Assassin’s Creed game.” The video lived for a brief time on YouTube before being pulled down due to a Ubisoft copyright claim.
Unfortunately, we do not know much about the title at this point in time, but there is some speculation regarding the location and subject in the game. In the file uncovered by the folks at NeoGAF, Arabic words sporadically dash across the screen. Some have translated the words, revealing that the video is saying “Altair, son of No One.” Altair is the character that players followed in the first installment of the franchise, now rumored to return for a prequel.
Luckily, Ubisoft played into the hype and posted another teaser trailer, viewable above, which reveals the possible location of the next title. The background of the clip is a dimly lit castle and what is likely a map of the Mediterranean and Red Sea. Over the course of the succinct ten second clip a round tablet appears, which is likely the famous Cretan Phaistos Disk, leading many to believe that the title will be set in Ancient Greece. Again, the Arabic words from the first teaser flash in and out. As an enthusiast of the classics, I would assume that the creators are referencing Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, in which Odysseus tricks Polyphemus, the infamous cyclops, into thinking that his name is No One. If this logic is true, then the next game in the series will follow a new character, one who is resourceful, but endangers the lives of his or her comrades.
The announcement of a new chapter in the Assassin’s Creed franchise comes as no surprise considering the fact that the series has an extremely solid fan-base. In December, there were rumors that the next game would follow a female assassin in Soviet Russia. Others were hoping that Desmond, the main character of the series, would finally be given his own modern-day story. It appears as if the publisher is unwilling to move the franchise into a modern setting now, hoping to keep the series around for as long as possible due to its financial success.
What do you, fellow gamers, believe? Are you looking forward to the next installment in the critically-acclaimed Assassin’s Creed series? Is there a specific location or time period that the title should be set in? Sound off in the comments below.