Assassin's Creed 2012 to end Desmond's story

The Assassin's Creed series is coming to an end... of sorts in 2012. Why? Because the world is going to end in 2012, at least according to franchise lore. Next year's game will focus on Desmond.

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Ubisoft's hugely successful Assassin's Creed series is coming to an end... of sorts. Why? Because the world is going to end in 2012, at least according to franchise lore. "In Assassin's Creed we set up a timeline with this whole end of the world plot of December 2012," Assassin's Creed: Revelation creative lead Alexandre Amacio explained. "That's fast approaching, and the story we have to tell, we obviously need to do it before we arrive at that point."

While the upcoming Revelations plans on ending the story of Ezio and Altair, there's one more character's arc that needs to be resolved: Desmond.

"It would be stupid of us to be centering a game on a semi-reality and then have that conclusion happen after that date in real life," Amacio told Eurogamer. "Assassin's Creed is all about cycles - we have the Ezio cycle and the Altair cycle, and both of those are set to conclude in Revelations and we have the Desmond cycle, which is set to end on December 2012."

Desmond may not be a poster child for the series as his historical counterparts, but fans are eager to see how his development into a modern-day assassin will unfold. A new game set from Desmond's perspective would obviously look and feel very different from any Assassin's Creed game before it.

Of course, Ubisoft wouldn't be wise to kill, arguably, its largest franchise. Even after 2012, we can expect new stories out of the franchise. "There's many cycles within the brand - that's the whole point. History is our playground."

Assassin's Creed Revelations will be out on November 15.

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    October 3, 2011 6:45 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Assassin's Creed 2012 to end Desmond's story.

    The Assassin's Creed series is coming to an end... of sorts in 2012. Why? Because the world is going to end in 2012, at least according to franchise lore. Next year's game will focus on Desmond.

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      October 3, 2011 7:02 AM

      More Assassin's Creed = good

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        October 3, 2011 1:44 PM

        yes. YES. this is such a good franchise.

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      October 3, 2011 7:28 AM

      So Relevations isn't the last one?

      http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/818/okwiththis.png

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        October 3, 2011 7:29 AM

        (sp) revelations ... derp

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        October 3, 2011 7:58 AM

        Nope, this has been known for a long time; the Ezio games are just a long middle stretch.

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      October 3, 2011 7:32 AM

      i'd like to see london in a new story. renaissance again? 1800s, dark, cloudy, sooty. yeaaaah

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        October 3, 2011 7:38 AM

        ooh, i like that! the biggest reason i love this series is the history and the locales. they could just keep making new ACs in new cities at different periods of time, wrap it in some decent story, and i'll keep buying them.

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          October 3, 2011 8:02 AM

          i loved going to italy this summer and seeing all the shit i saw in the game for reals including the hand holds on the old buildings and shit.

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            October 3, 2011 8:07 AM

            Wait, some of those handholds are real?

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              October 3, 2011 8:18 AM

              Some of them are, they've obviously added loads in though, I did the same spotting places where I'd been climbing in game through Venice, but was then disappointed when I realised that I would have to be able to jump a full 4 metres to reach the next in the chain

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              October 3, 2011 8:26 AM

              yeah all those weird metal bars where you're like wtf this cant possibly be on the sides of buildings for real. yes they're real. i'll find some from my facebook.

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                October 3, 2011 8:49 AM

                Well yeah, how do you think the assassins got around?

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                October 3, 2011 9:29 AM

                not sure of the actual names of those but they're basically used to reinforce the building. back in the day those buildings were built without reinforced concrete. so to help with earthquakes and such, they would drill a hole through the building and then fill the hole with a steel bar. then the bar is anchored to the side of the building with those cross bars.

                take a walking tour in florence and AC2 will instantly turn into your favorite game!

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        October 3, 2011 7:59 AM

        Plus London rooftops were actually known as the Thieves' Highway.

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        October 3, 2011 8:12 AM

        even further back in Babylon.

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        October 3, 2011 2:05 PM

        Writing this here so when I come home I can vanity search myself and remember to post something, just for this subthread.

        :)

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      October 3, 2011 7:37 AM

      Are they justifying a rushed release?

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        October 3, 2011 7:38 AM

        They seem to be able to push out a high quality title each year, not sure it'd be rushed

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      October 3, 2011 8:03 AM

      Still need to finish 2. Only about 2 hours of storyline and 6 tombs or so.

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      October 3, 2011 8:03 AM

      so will this be Assassin's Creed 3? or was ASSBRO credited as AC3?

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        October 3, 2011 8:29 AM

        ASSBRO and ASSREV are not 3/4. They're basically AC2.2 and 2.3, is how I've been thinking of them.

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          October 3, 2011 10:24 AM

          Yeah, and that's pretty much the problem with them. I'm playing Brotherhood right now and it's good so don't get me wrong, but it's pretty much the same game as 2 and in many ways a step back (though nowhere near as far as the first game). At least IMO.

          Kinda hoping this AC3 is like AC2 merged with Splinter Cell Conviction.

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      October 3, 2011 8:10 AM

      That's fine by me. I'd love to see some AC games set around some of the characters and locales submitted for that fan art book.

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      October 3, 2011 8:21 AM

      I want to see an AssCreed take place in the 2012 setting (or following) in a urban environment; it would feel well suited to the parkour style.

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      October 3, 2011 8:21 AM

      i hope they add new gameplay because as cool as facestabbing is, its getting old after 4 games

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        October 3, 2011 9:29 AM

        your broken...i smile everytime i stab someone in the face. it makes me feel all warm and tingly inside!

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      October 3, 2011 1:39 PM

      Prediction: Game will be announced for release on all platforms simultaneously in November 2012. Then in September or Orctober they will announce the PC version will be delayed and won't release until January or February 2013.

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      October 3, 2011 2:00 PM

      Well, they're in Europe, so there'll be modern buildings there I suppose, but a lot of places, in the UK at least, have the Assassins creed feel; with narrow streets and really old, joined buildings.

      Then again, imagine the suburbs.

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        February 15, 2012 7:43 AM

        Umm... you haven't played Revelations, have you? They're not in Europe anymore.

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      October 3, 2011 2:04 PM

      Looks like my french revolution-era Assassin's Creed will have to wait :(

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