During a Q&A session on Reddit, lead writer Darby McDevitt explained why a modern day Assassin’s Creed is unlikely.
“I doubt we would do a modern day AC,” he said. “There are just too many mechanics we would have to develop to make it believable… 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.”
He the added, “PS : While not in the AC universe, I think Watchdogs will scratch the itch for a modern day AC. Just wait…!”
As for the much derided star of Assassin’s Creed III, Connor, it’s unlikely we will see him again.
“We do appreciate that people love Connor and if we had all the money and time and programmers and modellers in the universe, we would probably revisit him… and Rosa, and tell you what Claudia was doing while Ezio was in Istanbul/Constantinople, and follow Shao Jun back to China, and do something in the present day with Clay and Lucy, and… and… and…”
“It’s a huge universe. We could work forever and not illuminate it all.”
It’s interesting that Darby has said that Watch Dogs is not in the Assassin’s Creed universe because this video shows a message from within Assassin’s Creed IV in which the ctOS surveillance systems – found in Watch Dogs – is offered to Abstergo.
Of course it may be just an Easter Egg but wouldn’t it be fab if Ubisoft created a single, massive universe for their next-gen games. Assassin’s Creed in the past, Watch Dogs in the near future, the story of which concludes with reports of Abstergo creating a virus that is spread via bank notes, leading to Tom Clancy’s The Division.