Near the conclusion of the new Da Vinci Disappearance missions available for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, a character discovers what seem like map coordinates. Where do they point? Google maps has the spoiler.
The coordinates are 43 39 19 N, 75 27 42 W, which, according to Google Maps, points to a small bit of land near a lake, behind some houses in Turin
Ava, New York, a small upstate town just north of... Rome, New York.
In the Da Vinci Disappearance, Assassin's Creed, Leonard Da Vinci shrugs off the numbers, saying the numbers are meaningless. Well, then let someone else find meaning. Fans on an Assassin's Creed message board have been poring over satellite imagery and think they've spotted signs that a crater was recently formed in that area some time in the last 12 years.
With a new Assassin's Creed game expected later this year, there is plenty of speculation of where the series, having thoroughly plumbed Renaissance Rome for its last two major releases, might go next. The French Revolution? America, like around upstate New York or something?
Expecting no real answer, I asked a public relations man at Assassin's Creed publisher Ubisoft what fans should make of these numbers.
His response: "That is up to them."
NOTE: An earlier version of this post transposed two of the coordinates, moving the Google Maps point a little off target. I've corrected it and updated the lead image to point you to the correct place, which is still near Rome, NY. You can watch the end of the mission in which they are revealed yourself, to see how the numbers are discussed.