Future titles of the Assassin's Creed series will feature a greater focus on modern day sections, Ubisoft suggested during a Ubisoft community livestream. During the livestream, Assassin's Creed lead writer Darby McDevitt said that the modern timeline for Brotherhood's town of Monteriggioni was his favourite, and that will inspire him to develop more modern day sections in future instalments.
"That only came about because [we] were able to reuse Monteriggioni from AC2. So the future - and this is the plan - is to smartly reuse things so we can have a more robust modern day," said McDevitt. "We always plan to have more modern day but we have to be really smart about how we do it. There was a plan for a little more modern day in Unity - a plan, nothing that was actually cut.
"The thing with Unity was that it was a completely fresh game on a completely fresh generation. So creating any kind of modern day is a pretty huge ask. To create a city, for instance, or even part of a city, would require six months of work by many, many artists, designers, modellers. And then you'd need gameplay systems that didn't feel like you were just fencing."
McDevitt and the other writers at Ubisoft have also been working on the franchise's future and how it will all lead to the First Civilization. "We've created 500, 600, 700 years worth of history that we hope to start teasing out for the next 10, 20 years or however long we're around," he said.
"As I see it there were always two ways to go about this. You could always make [the First Civ] very mysterious - to never really go into what they were. But at a certain point in the games you got to the point where you knew they were real. So why not go the other direction and treat them as real history.
"So me and the other writers have been, as a side-project to really make sure all future projects have this cool timeline to go from, creating this huge First Civ history. With all the big moments and a ton of small moments you've never thought of. So every future writer can say 'I want to reference Juno again, or Minerva' and see where she was at a specific date... and how far along was the First Civ-human war going."
The next title in the franchise, Assassin's Creed: Victory, will launch this fall.