Assassin’s Creed 5 to be set during Arab Spring
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.