We might be getting a Japanese Assassin’s Creed after Assassin’s Creed Odyssey comes out, based on apparent hints in Assassin’s Creed 3’s ending cutscene. While this hasn’t been confirmed by Ubisoft, it’s fitting the pattern that was previously made in the cutscene, which shows Egyptian, Greek, and Japanese symbols together.
The cutscene in particular shows the Eye of Horus, an Omega symbol, and a Japanese character that resembles a Shinto shrine. It could be coincidence through the cutscenes and the ideas next, but considering two out of the three different symbols have already been addressed with the release of Assassin’s Creed Origins and the announcement of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, a possible Japanese Assassin’s Creed would be an interesting prospect.
Previously, Ubisoft had mocked the idea of a Japanese or Chinese Assassin’s Creed in in-game emails in Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, but if we really are getting a Japanese game those emails were likely not Ubisoft’s true thoughts, especially with the positive reception of new locations that aren’t European centric.
Japan has a very long history of court intrigue and inter-clan rivalry, and if an Assassin were to find themselves in the middle of the country’s Sengoku period, where the whole country was riven by civil war, not to mention the possibility of imperial politics, which would open up opportunities for all sorts of assassinations to happen.
It would also give players a large amount of different weapons to work with in a similar manner to Origins, including katana, spears, bows, and all other sorts of tools for both samurai and ninja. With the increased RPG-like gameplay of the Assassin’s Creed games, there’s a ton of different things that you could do to make the cliched setting of ninjas a great deal more than a simple cliche.
There’s no telling if we actually will get a Japanese Assassin’s Creed game at any time in the future, but hopefully we will eventually, and maybe even get one taking place in China sometime in the future.