Developers of the popular video game series Assassin’s Creed have revealed that the next instalment of the hugely popular franchise will take place during the Arab Spring.
Following on from a series of a teaser images that sent rumours swelling online last week, publisher Ubisoft has now confirmed that the as yet untitled Assassin’s Creed V will see the historical actioner leap to north Africa in late 2011 and early 2012.
A trailer released yesterday showed the lead character racing across rooftops in Tunis, spraying crude politicised graffiti onto walls in Tripoli and searching for a decent 3G connection in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to upload revolutionary videos onto Facebook. The storyline is believed to this time have the millennia-old struggle between the Assassin Order and the Knights Templars transplanted to the fight between pro-democracy protestors and ruling despots.
While the linage of the central assassin hasn’t been confirmed, fans are hoping he will be a descendant of Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, the original protagonist from the first games.
“It’d be a killer move by Ubisoft to introduce a new, 21st century ancestor of Altaïr, someone who isn’t necessarily an assassin fighting with hidden blades but a prominent blogger using Twitter hashtag trends to battle the Templars,” said video games analyst Bruno Gusset. “Plus, it’d be great to see them continue the theme of introducing real-life historic figures as characters within the game, this time perhaps with Hosni Mubarak, Muammar Gaddafi, Mohamed ElBaradei and Wael Ghonim.”
Assassins Creed V is due to launch in Q4 2014 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Super Nintendo.