Assassin's Creed games can be set in any place at any moment of history. For a time, fans thought the clues in the early games ensured that Assassin's Creed II or maybe Assassin's Creed III would be set in Japan, the player's assassin taking on the role of a ninja or other great martial artist.
Maybe it could have happend, but it wouldn't have been good enough, the game's creative director told me.
Alex Hutchinson, who started overseeing the ACIII project in early 2010, says that "four or five locations were in discussion," for the upcoming game. "The decision is based on what's fresh," he said.
Revolutionary War America felt novel.
"This gives us an opportunity to do something fresh and exciting," he said. "If you got, say Samurai Japan, you'd realize pretty quickly that I think you've played a lot of ninja games, and this is not as interesting as you thought it was going to be."
Hutchinson's producer Francois Pelland sounds a little more open to an AC: Japan, noting that "At some point it's true that any good piece of history could be good for an AC game." (Consider other options from this supposed Ubisoft survey that mentioned Japan, America and other settings.)