“Assassin’s Creed V” will not be set in Japan, according to Ubisoft Toronto executive Jade Raymond.
There were rumors saying the upcoming sequel would be set in feudal Japan, but Raymond said otherwise, reported Adweek. The franchise has been set during the Crusades, the Renaissance, American Revolution, and the era of pirates.
Raymond, however, didn’t say where or when the next “Assassin’s Creed” would be set because it would ruin the surprise. However, she said it won’t be set in Japan.
“When we’re building a franchise, we’re thinking of a whole universe and how we’re developing a meta-story that could live on for many years in games and TV,” Raymond told the publication. “If the story has nowhere to go, then you end up with the video game equivalent of The Matrix 2 or something where it’s never going to be quite as genius.”
Raymond said that the story for “Assassin’s Creed” came from her fascination with conspiracy theories, including ones about the Illuminati–an alleged secret society that controls the world’s governments and financial institutions.
“Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” lead writer Darby McDevitt also talked about the series ending.
“There’s been a bit of confusion in that [Black Flag director Ashraf Ismail] once said that Assassin’s Creed has an ending — that’s not exactly true,” he said, according to IGN. “This storyline has an ending, but because all of history is open to us, we see the universe as a Doctor Who-type thing. There are so many possibilities we don’t want to definitively end the universe, but we can have storylines that have endings.”
The fifth game has not yet been officially announced, but the game might be out this year for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and another version for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Another rumor is claiming that the fifth game will be set in Russia, possibly near Moscow. There were a series of cryptic tweets posted by the official channel for Assassin’s Creed, with one pointing to near Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada.