Despite what director Ashraf Ismali may have said in August regarding Assassin’s Creed having an ending, the writer behind Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag begs to differ.
Darby McDevitt, who wrote not only Black Flag, but also Revelations and a couple smaller games, spoke to Edge recently about the task of writing for a game like Assassin’s Creed. He framed the direction of the series a bit differently:
There’s been a bit of confusion in that [Black Flag game director Ashraf Ismail] once said that Assassin’s Creed has an ending – that’s not exactly true. This storyline has an ending, but because all of history is open to us we see the universe as a Doctor Who type thing. There are so many possibilities we don’t want to definitively end the universe, but we can have storylines that have endings.
With that Doctor Who comparison in mind, the Assassin can regenerate about four more times before going on hiatus for about fifteen years.
McDevitt said that there are hints of the next game littered throughout Black Flag, but also made note of one of the Abstergo documents fans latched onto listing off potential locations for future titles, including locations like the often-requested Shogun-era Japan.
“What a lot of people don’t realize is that the time periods I picked were not necessarily the ones we were considering, it was just me parodying the ones that the fans had asked for back to them. So the fans generated that list, we didn’t generate that list,” he said.
The Doctor Who comparison works pretty well, and while I’m not exactly a fan of annualization of games, Assassin’s Creed has done an impressive job of reinventing itself and staying relevant. I’m looking forward to seeing where Mr. McDevitt takes it next.