The Assassin’s Creed franchise has become one of the most successful and popular new series of the last decade or so. There have been more than 20 titles released with 11 mainline installments. Yet, with no new game on the horizon in 2019, fans have to wait until next year for Ubisoft’s latest entry.
With so much source material to draw from, players can easily come up with complicated and detailed fan theories. Most of them focus on where the next Assassin’s Creed game will take place and what will happen. Some take hints from previous games and others are pure speculation, although all of them are wild and engrossing.
The franchise has already taken us to the likes of Ancient Greece, Egypt, Victorian England, Renaissance Italy, and the Holy Land, but there are still plenty of exciting settings that would make excellent Assassin’s Creed games. Here are some of the best theories about where the series will go next.
20 A Game In Feudal Japan
Although the Assassin’s Creed series has gone to many different settings, one area that has had limited exposure in Asia. However, some theories have suggested that Feudal Japan could be the time and place of the next entry. The idea of samurai warriors and ninjas would provide plenty of opportunities for interesting combat and new factions for the Assassins and Templars.
19 There Are Multiple Timelines
The latest titles in the Assassin’s Creed series have introduced a number of RPG elements that include branching storylines and dialogue choices. This essentially allows players to play the game in their own way and end up with one of the multiple endings. The reason for this, according to one theory, is that each playthrough is actually an alternate timeline that shows the same events occurring in slightly different ways.
18 Layla Is Slowly Going Insane
One particularly wild theory states that Layla Hassan is actually going insane. The use of the Animus without being a descendant may well cause psychological problems as the AI is incapable of ironing out all of the problems, causing glitches and altering the user’s perception of the world. This could lead to Layla losing her mind and forming an entirely new faction to battle against both Assassins and Templars.
17 Assassins And Hidden Blades Will Be Brought Back
The last few games in the Assassin’s Creed series have been missing some elements that have been hallmarks of the franchise. A few fans think that the next game will bring back the Assassins and their signature weapon – the hidden blade. If the game takes place after Origins and Odyssey then it is possible that the Assassin order would exist and players could get back to the type of gameplay they are used to.
16 You’ll Revisit Old Assassin’s Creed Games
Have you ever wanted to go back and revisit some of the older Assassin’s Creed games with modern graphics? If that is the case, you could be in luck if this particular fan theory proves to be accurate. It suggests that Layla Hassan may use an Animus to visit previous memories that you have explored to find out more information she can use in her quest.
15 The New Game Will Be Set In The Viking Era
The setting for the next Assassin’s Creed game is still unknown but that hasn’t stopped people from speculating on where it will take place. A common suggestion is the Viking-era. Here, players would take control of a Viking warrior and see new Assassin and Templar factions show up in a unique setting.
14 The Next Game Will Copy Red Dead Redemption 2
A fan has argued that the next Assassin’s Creed game will copy elements from Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar’s action-adventure game has proved to be a huge success and the theory states that this will lead to Ubisoft trying to borrow elements from it in the same way they did after the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
13 Layla Hassan Will End The Conflict Between The Templars And Assassins
The Templar Order and the Assassin Brotherhood have been at war throughout much of human history. This conflict has been a central part of the franchise in almost every single installment. According to this theory, Layla Hassan will end the battle between both groups in the next game, bringing to a conclusion one of the series' big narrative points.
12 Juno Will Be Resurrected
Juno is an Isu, an ancient civilization that predates humanity and is even responsible for the creation of humankind. This makes her an incredibly powerful being and she was the main antagonist in the early Assassin’s Creed games. Since her demise, she has hardly been mentioned, but one prominent theory suggests that the villain could be resurrected and return in the 2020 entry of the series.
11 The End Of The World Will Come
The Isu and humanity were almost entirely wiped out during the first catastrophe and a similar apocalyptic event was only averted thanks to the efforts of Desmond Miles. However, some fans believe that the eventual end of the world has not been stopped completely and that the next game might deal with another calamity that could see humankind destroyed.
10 A Completely Modern Game With Assassins Vs Templars
While there are some modern sequences in the various Assassin’s Creed games, the vast majority of the action takes place in historical settings. Some theories propose that this could change in the 2020 installment. Instead of being set in the past, some argue that it will instead focus on modern times and see the Templars and Assassins battle it out with modern weapons.
9 Lucy Will Be Revealed To Be A Triple Agent
Lucy Stillman was an important character in the early Assassin’s Creed games. An ally of Desmond, it was eventually revealed that she was actually working for the Templars. One theory suggests it could be revealed in a future game that Lucy was actually being manipulated by Juno and was a triple agent, who Juno forced Desmond to take out when she was finished with her.
8 A Game Set During World War II
Another potential location for the new game that has been theorized by fans is Europe during World War II. This would be a far more modern setting than has previously been used in the franchise. However, it would still allow for lots of melee combat and close up gameplay if it were set in places like the UK or France during this time period. Assassins could even battle against the Axis Powers.
7 No More Multiple Endings
In recent times, the Assassin's Creed franchise has shifted from its traditional gameplay to a more RPG-like experience. Although Origins and Odyssey were well received by many, they added new elements that affected the storytelling. In particular, dialogue choices and multiple endings made it so that there was no set canon narrative. One theory contends that the next game will get rid of these extra features and go back to the older style of progression.
6 Assassin’s Creed 2020 Will Be Called Legion And Be Set In Rome
The last two Assassin’s Creed titles have been in ancient Egypt and Greece. The other major civilization around that time was Rome and it would make sense for the next game to follow up with this setting. Several theories have argued this will be the case, with the player likely to take control of a Roman legionary.
5 There Will Be Two Assassin’s Creed Games In 2020
Most people are only expecting one Assassin’s Creed game to launch in 2020. After all, Ubisoft has previously said that they will be reducing the frequency of games to give them more time to work on new titles. This theory, though, argues that with the year off in 2019, the series can expect two games in 2020. One of them could even be produced for next generation consoles such as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlet.
4 The New Game Will Be Played In Multiple Settings And Time Periods
Some fans have proposed theories that the next Assassin’s Creed game will be a very different experience. Rather than stick to one setting, they suggest that players will take control of different characters from different time periods. They could use the Animus to travel between these different settings as they explored the lives of the protagonist’s ancestors.
3 Assassin’s Creed 2020 Will Take Place In China
There has already been an Assassin’s Creed game set in China. The Chronicles series has explored the setting but was a spin-off platformer rather than a mainline game. Asia has not really been used in the full releases, so it would be interesting to see how the Assassins and Templars operated in the area. So if theories proposing that China will be the location of the next are true it would leave plenty of opportunity for new gameplay element.
2 The New Game Will Be Set During The Middle Ages
A title set during the middle ages in Europe, like this theory suggests for the new 2020 game, would certainly be interesting. The ability to infiltrate castles and fight with actual knights is something that would perfectly suit the Assassin’s Creed series. It is also a time filled with lots of political intrigue and rebellions so it could have a great narrative.
1 A Game Could Take Place Across Scandinavia
Europe has been a regular setting for the Assassin’s Creed franchise ever since its first sequel. The games in the series have visited Greece, Italy, France, and the UK. However, Northern parts of the continent have not been featured. One theory argues that the next entry will take place across Scandinavia in places like Norway and Denmark.
Sources: Reddit.com, IGN.com, Kotaku.com, VG247.com, GameInformer.com, Polygon.com, and Forbes.com.