Assassin’s Creed is an open-world action-adventure stealth video game franchise published by Ubisoft. The series’s eponymous first title was released in 2007, and it has featured eleven main games in total. Main games are set in an open world and presented from the third-person perspective where the protagonists take down targets using their combat and stealth skills. It is commercially successful, selling over 155 million copies as of October 2020.
About Assassin’s Creed in brief
Assassin’s Creed is an open-world action-adventure stealth video game franchise published by Ubisoft and developed mainly by its studio Ubisoft Montreal. The series’s eponymous first title was released in 2007, and it has featured eleven main games in total. Main games are set in an open world and presented from the third-person perspective where the protagonists take down targets using their combat and stealth skills. The video game series has received multiple awards and nominations, including Game of the Year awards. It is commercially successful, selling over 155 million copies as of October 2020, becoming Ubisoft’s best-selling franchise and one of the highest selling video game franchises of all time. A series of art books, encyclopedias, comics, novelizations, and novels have been published. There are three-story arcs in the series. For the first five main games, the framing story is set in 2012 and features series protagonist Desmond Miles who uses a machine called the Animus and relives the memories of his ancestors. In games up until and including Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Abstergo employees and Assassin initiates recorded genetic memories using the Helix software, helping the Templars and Assassins find new Pieces of Eden in the modern world. The latest three games follow ex-Abstergo employee Layla Hassan. The main games have received generally positive reviews for their ambition in visuals, game design, and narratives, with criticism towards the yearly release cycle and frequent bugs. While main games are produced for major consoles and desktop platforms, multiple spin-off games are released for consoles, mobiles, and handhelds platforms.
The spin-offs have received mixed reviews, with the most recent being 2020’s Valhalla, which was released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC. The games feature historical fiction, science fiction and characters, intertwined with real-world historical events and figures. For the majority of time players control an Assassin in the past history, while also playing as Desmond Miles or an Assassin Initiate in the present day, who hunt down their Templar targets. The series took inspiration from the novel Alamut by the Slovenian writer Vladimir Bartol, while building upon concepts from the Prince of Persia series. The team wanted to move away from a Prince being someone next in line for the throne but to have to work for it; combined with research into secret societies led them to focus on the Assassins, based upon the historical Persian Hashashin sect. They developed a narrative where the player would control an Assassins that served as a bodyguard for a non-playable Prince, leading them to call this game Prince of Persian: Assassin of Persia: The Sands of Time. Ubisoft was happy with a game without the Prince as the playable character, but this led to the division of marketing to suggest the name, playing off the name “Prince of Persia” The team decided on eliminating the new intellectual property, creating a conflict between the Assassins and postulating other assassinations they could account for throughout history.