Ashraf Ismail, the game director for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, once stated that the Assassin’s Creed series will have an ending. However, Assassin’s Creed lead writer Darby McDevitt revealed to Edge on Jan 28 that Ismail’s statement was taking out of context. McDevitt explained that individual narratives within the franchise will end, such as the conclusion of the Desmond storyline, but the series itself is not planned to end.
McDevitt revealed that each time a story arc ends; Ubisoft will simply begin a new one just as they did with Assassin’s Creed IV. In fact, the idea is to keep the series going to see a number of story arcs begin and end.
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.
Originally joining Ubisoft after the release of the first Assassin’s Creed title, Devvitt has since help shape the franchise. He revealed that the Desmond storyline was planned to end after the third game from the start. The overarching narrative introduced in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will also eventually end but they’re not going to be as rigid with the details as they were with the Desmond trilogy. The current story hasn’t been assigned to last a set number of titles before it ends so that it can evolve and conclude more naturally. The design to end one storyline and start another could help keep the series evolving in the future.