According to a post made by a Reddit user, Nolan North has revealed that the original plan for the Assassin’s Creed series was very different from what actually happened.
Reddit user Reecethebest was at a panel yesterday where Nolan North, the voice of Desmond Miles in the Assassin’s Creed series, spoke about how the original plan for the series was to have Desmond learn from multiple assassins and take down Abstergo with his new skills.
Personally, I have been a massive fan of the first part and the original Assassin’s Creed Ezio Trilogy ever since I played it. It had a sense of urgency and Desmond’s story arc was very engaging, hopping back and forth between the past and the present and the modern day Templars trying to dominate the world.
All the games before Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag set the narrative up that the world was going to end on December 21, 2012, and the modern day assassins needed to find and gather all pieces of Eden to stop that from happening, all the while racing against Abstergo who wanted to use them for world domination.
North was primarily hinting towards the approach they took with Assassin’s Creed III. The narrative that was built thanks to the past four games (Assassins Creed, II, Brotherhood, and Revelations) was taken in a new direction when Ubisoft took out Patrice Désilets (writer for the original series) from the game production on the third installation and went in with new writers.
The original vision of Patrice Désilets was that Assassin’s Creed III would focus more on the modern day world. Desmond Miles, after using the Animus to learn from various Assassins of different generations would go on to not only save the world but also defeat Abstergo Industries.
Desmond was THE perfect protagonist for the series. We got to watch him grow over 5 games from a cynical coward who ran away from his destiny then be dragged back into it, to learn from it, and finally accept who he really is. Fans of the Desmond series were lucky enough to play as him once again in the Assassin’s Creed III Remastered version.
It is possible that Ubisoft might hear out fans of the Desmond series and bring him back somehow in the new rumored Assassin’s Creed game.