Assassin’s Creed Unity is mere weeks away and it’s already the talk of the video game industry. This series has been an annual mainstay for the better part of a decade and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. While there was a bit of ennui towards this series around the time of Assassin’s Creed III, its sequel brought everybody back into the fold last year. With Ubisoft’s amped up new engine (a few pixels notwithstanding), it looks like Unity is going to be another hit with its French Revolution setting.
While that’s all good and fine, the question remains of where Assassin’s Creed should go next? A lot of people have been saying for some time now that Japan would be an obvious choice. I’m in the minority who thinks that going there would be a bad idea. Nothing against Japan, but I think it’s honestly a little too cliched and obvious. No, I think if this series really wants to take a bold step forward it should look at the following settings.
Assassin’s Creedo de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s most beautiful and distinctive cities in the world, and man oh man would it ever be an amazing location for an Assassin’s Creed game. I could tell you all about a story of class warfare, free-running through Rio’s Favelas, and South American colonialism, but the real selling point for this game would be that your character could do this.
As an added bonus, you’ll notice if you look very closely that the protagonist of this story is a female assassin – long overdue for main entries to this series. Her name is Rio, and she dances on the sand (and stabs dudes in the neck of course).