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Ubisoft has been going all in on the Assassin's Creed franchise lately. Things really kicked into high gear when the Assassin's Creed live-action motion picture was rolled out into theaters back in 2016, after the company took a sabbatical from releasing annual outings of the game. The following year, there was Assassin's Creed: Origins, which took the game back to the roots of the Assassin's Order. After the success of Origins, Ubisoft decided to set its sights on the next entry in the game, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. And now, it appears as if Ubisoft already has a new setting in mind.
According to Reddit user DoktahManhattan [via Screenrant], a reference to Alan Moore's lauded Watchmen series, he did some sleuthing about what the next location might be for Ubisoft's next Assassin's Creed title. In an image from Assassin's Creed III, during a segment with the inter-dimensional beings, three symbols were on the screen, which were (in order) a hieroglyphic from Egypt, a Greek letter, and what appears to be an image of a torii (the gateway of a Shinto shrine) from Japan. According to the user, these reference the chronological order in which Ubisoft has released each new Assassin's Creed title.
More specifically, the hieroglyphics relate to Assassin's Creed: Origins, which took place in Egypt, starring a guardian of the people and his wife as they ventured to become the founding couple of the Assassin's Order. The next image, featuring the Greek symbol for omega, is representative of Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, which is scheduled to release later this year. The last symbol has many assuming that the next entry in the long-running series may take adventurers to Japan.
If this is true then it would mean that gamers could finally dive into a world of the Assassins and Templars themed around Feudal Japan. This is something gamers have been asking for since Assassin's Creed II, with Ubisoft often ignoring the requests of fans. The closest we got previously was Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, but the game was a side-scrolling adventure that wasn't quite like the rest of the games in the series.
Ubisoft has regularly avoided diving into samurai and ninjas... but it seemed like this would be the one franchise that could do that history a heck of a lot of justice.
Right now, Ubisoft is focused on bringing the ancient era of Greece to life in a big way. However, we have no idea if what's next is a trip to the era of the Shogun.
It would be a huge boost in market appeal for the franchise if that happened, especially given how long gamers have been begging for an opportunity to visit the popular region in Asia.
There have also been references to other timelines that could appear in the Assassin's Creed series, such as World War II, which was referenced in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. A lot of gamers are just excited at the possibility of what's next. However, all of that depends on how well things work out when Assassin's Creed: Odyssey launches this fall for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.