It's something a lot of us had been hoping for, if not downright expecting: An Assassin's Creed game set not in an iconic historical era, but entirely in the present day. Sounds like it's not going to happen anytime soon.
"I doubt we would do a modern day AC," wrote Assassin's Creed IV lead writer Darby McDevitt today in a Reddit AMA. "There are just too many mechanics we would have to develop to make it believeable [sic] ... vehicles, plausible modern cities, a huge array of ranged weapons, etc. The modern day will most likely remain as a "context" for all future games, something to tie them all together."
Someone had also asked if McDevitt saw the ages-old Assassins vs. Templar battle resolving itself. McDevitt said nope, those two groups are going to fight for a good long while longer. "As for the Assassin Templar storyline resolving," he said, "I don't think so. Its been going for 80,000 years already. Why stop it now? There will certainly be a resolution to the most recent plot developments, but the overall conflict will probably rage forever, just like most deeply divided philosophical conflicts...
Of course, he couldn't end without a tease: "While not in the AC universe, I think Watchdogs will scratch the itch for a modern day AC. Just wait…!"
Ha. Eagle-eyed gamers have noticed a couple of easter eggs that hint at overlap between the Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed universes. Sounds like those are just for fun, and not signs of any sort of official cross-over.
It would appear that our dreams of a parkour-enhanced Splinter Cell-meets-Mirror's Edge Assassin's Creed game may never come to pass. But really, with so many modern-day open-world games out there, it's kinda nice to hear that this series will continue to focus on the past.
IamA Developer on Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag AMAA! [Reddit]