Could Assassin’s Creed go steampunk?

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Assassin’s Creed always puts a fun spin on particular periods in history. From Renaissance Italy to Revolutionary America and France, there’s plenty to work with in history. We already knew Assassin’s Creed Victory/Syndicate would be taking place in Victorian England. However, this announcement teaser could make the franchise even more awesome.

Here is the teaser for the new Assassin’s Creed that will be officially revealed 12 May:

Notice anything funny about the hidden blade? That valve and mixture of metal and leather looks distinctly steampunk to me. I doubt that they would put that big a twist on actual history, but we could see some cool devices at the new assassin’s disposal. Could we see Alexander Graham Bell or Michael Faraday as the companion inventor this time around? Perhaps some inventions that didn’t survive through history could give a slightly steampunk vibe to the game without drastically changing the reality of historical inventions of the period.

While Assassin’s Creed has traditionally exposed some cool interpretations of real historical events and characters, I think the franchise could do well with a bit more fiction mixed in, particularly when it comes to inventions. They managed it with Da Vinci and it was part of what made the second instalment in the franchise such fun. Perhaps they could do it again in a more modern context with fun results.

We will all know more in a few days. I know many have lost interest in Assassin’s Creed, especially after the failed launch of Unity. I wish I could say that I’m totally skeptical and disinterested, but I’m honestly excited to hear about this new title. It may be a flawed experience, but I still really do enjoy Assassin’s Creed games and look forward to the newest offering. The hype train hasn’t even left the station and I’m already resigned to buying my ticket.

Last Updated: May 8, 2015

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