Assassin's Creed's major plot device is on a trajectory towards finality. The meta-story involving Desmond and the potential end of the world is set to come to a close with Assassin's Creed 3, just in time for the Mayan prophecy. But the series is far too popular to end completely, and the story has a few hooks left to craft more story.
"Should they decide in the future to do other stuff, there's plenty of room to explore, plenty of seeds that have been planted that won't conflict," lead writer Corey May told Shacknews. He does claim that he has "no idea" if another game is on the docket, but says this game closes that story arc. "It was my intent to provide pay-off and to answer questions for those who are invested in them. It should provide a fairly lengthy ending that will also give room for answers and pay-off."
But while the story has some budging room, we shouldn't expect the ending of Assassin's Creed 3 to come out of left field. May also mentioned that while the plot twists and turns, the ending won't surprise in the same way Assassin's Creed 2 is known for. "The ending should not come out of no where," he said. "You will not wake up and find that you were in an Animus reliving the life of someone who was in an Animus. We are not doing that. It was not all just a dream.
"I think people that have invested in the Desmond storyline will understand where the end of the game comes from. We're tying up loose ends and providing answers and resolution to things. You're not going to get another tremendous insane-o cliffhanger."
The full interview, including May's thoughts on the fears of jingoism and dealing appropriately with the historical conflict, will be coming tomorrow.