A new source of information on Assassin’s Creed: Empire has brought up a few interesting tidbits of possible information, including the possibility that we’re playing as an ancestor of Altair. While there’s no confirmation on any of it, the mere prospect is very interesting to think about.
Altair Ibn-La’Ahad was the first “protagonist” of the Assassin’s Creed series, a Middle-Eastern Assassin that kickstarted the series that so many people know and love.
However, with Assassin’s Creed: Empire apparently being a prequel, we may go further back into his history, rather than forward like we dd in Revelations.
Various sources have implied that Assassin’s Creed: Empire will be taking place in Egypt, an area of the world that hasn’t been covered in previous games.
We’ll likely be going back several thousand years to when Egypt was a powerful empire in the Middle-East, which will give us all sorts of interesting structures to climb throughout it.
According to the source, Altair’s ancestor will begin as a slave before being freed by the Assassin Order, and the game will be using the desert and Egyptian culture to its full effect.
In addition to all of the temples, pyramids, monuments, and buildings we’ll likely be able to climb, we can probably expect boat travel, horse travel, huge deserts, and more.
Ancient Egypt also allows Ubisoft a significant amount of freedom; there’s very little documentation of major events that far back, so in essence the game can allow players to do almost anything they want and call it “history”.
Assassin’s Creed: Empire has already been delayed for a year so that Ubisoft can make it a good game; the last two mainline Ubisoft games, Unity and Syndicate, got harsh criticism for bugs (Unity) and had the lowest opening sales of any of the games (Syndicate). Hopefully the delay means that Empire will be a more successful title.