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The setting of ‘Assassin’s Creed 5’ won't be decided by game mechanics alone

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Ubisoft has taken gamers to a number of different historical eras throughout the Assassin’s Creed series. Offering insight on how the developer decides each installment’s time period, Assassin’s Creed IV Game Director Ashraf Ismail spoke with IGN in an article from March 13 to discuss exactly how the setting of each game is chosen.

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Ismail revealed that the era in which any Assassin’s Creed title takes place is decided by what fans and the developer find interesting and not what game mechanics can be introduced due to the any specific period. This is contrary to the thought that Ubisoft decides the settings based upon what mechanics were seen as successful in past titles. For example, many think that the pirate-themed Caribbean setting of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was decided purely by the popularity of the naval battles of Assassin’s Creed III. However, Ismail reiterated to IGN that that the nautical feel of Black Flag was decided even before the release of its predecessor and was therefore chosen before the developer received feedback on the naval segments of Assassin’s Creed III.

We don’t bind ourselves to game mechanics, but we really look at what is interesting historically speaking, and what game mechanics that naturally brings up.

The same philosophy will also eventually apply to the decision of the historical setting of Assassin’s Creed 5. Ubisoft has already hinted that the next game in the series will take place in a brand-new era, but the developer is keeping quiet on exactly when and where that may be.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.

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