Ubisoft Wants to Rid Assassin’s Creed of Desmond
At a recent press event held by Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed 3 creative lead Alex Hutchinson expressed his thoughts regarding Desmond Miles, main character of the franchise, and whether or not his stay should be an extended one.
Hutchinson wasn’t coy about pointing out that the series needs to move on, and did so by likening the situation with Desmond’s story arc to childhood education:
“Things that go on too long lack resonance. We’re asking people to remember seven years worth of story. Which is like saying you were in junior high and now you’re finishing college. And you need to remember what you were doing in junior high.
“I think Desmond needs to end.”
He also went on to mention how each game has been an individual story, and that while Desmond’s story is important, it’s not necessary when exploring these historical backdrops:
“It’s more like the Twilight Zone. There’s always a guy introducing it and he’s there every episode, but each game completes its own story. Assassin’s Creed one was Altair’s story. Ezio has been and gone. You can engage with these historical stories individually without having to necessarily understand Desmond’s story. But yes, we eventually do have to wrap it up.”
Hutchinson also likes to think of each game iteration as a “season”, likening it more specifically to Star Trek:
“I always pitched it to the guys on this game to think of it almost like Star Trek. Each game is a season… each big number is a sub-title. We’re not changing the universe, but we’re being given the reigns to the equivalent of [Star Trek:] The Next Generation. Yes, it’s the Star Trek universe, and that has certain immutable laws and there’s a base kind of tone to it, but within that you can do whatever you want.”
Assassin’s Creed 3 is as close as it gets to being a new IP altogether, as Hutchinson refers to it as a “90 per cent new game,” given its new hero, historical backdrop, narrative, and featured mechanics.
Also new to the series is the lack of voice-talent Nolan North as Desmond in the Vita-exclusive Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation, which launches alongside AC3 on November 23. How the series will continue to change after the launch of these two games remains to be seen.