The Assassin’s Creed series has always combined historical period exploration with modern-day technology and narratives, but we now know that the initial design for the Assassin’s Creed trilogy almost took that notion to an altogether new level.
According to Eurogamer, a student from a Belgian research university disclosed details of the franchise’s original ending. Modern-day heroes Desmond Miles and Lucy Stillman will escape Earth in a spacecraft, setting off to create human civilization somewhere, according to Ph.D. student Lars de Wildt of KU Leuven in a dissertation examining publisher Ubisoft’s use of religion.
This strategy was stitched together, according to de Wildt, based on talks with Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Désilets and Assassin’s Creed 3 creative director Alex Hutchinson.
“Briefly put, the third game would end with a resolution of the conflict in the present day, with Desmond Miles – voiced by [Nolan] North – taking down Abstergo using the combined knowledge and skills of all his ancestors, including AC1’s Altair and AC2’s Ezio,” de Wildt wrote. “Also, it is the end of the world in 2012, and Desmond Miles and Lucy are starting a new civilization somewhere else – as Adam and Eve.”
When de Wildt inquired about their destination, Désilets replied, “It’s a bang! It’s a spaceship, for crying out loud!”
The Assassin’s Creed Trilogy ended in a totally different way than this concept. Instead of focusing on modern-day Miles, Ratonhnhaké:ton, also known as Connor Kenway, an assassin during the American Revolutionary War, was featured in the game. Desmond was still coping with the end of the world in the modern-day scenario, but the outcome was entirely different.
Lucy, who had been killed off previously in the series, was no longer present in Assassin’s Creed 3. Despite the conclusion of Desmond’s journey, Abstergo would return in future Assassin’s Creed games. And, of course, none of the key characters ended up on a spaceship at the end of the trilogy.
While space is still a possibility for the game, the Assassin’s Creed franchise isn’t hesitant to branch out into the realm of the supernatural. The upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla expansion transforms players into Odin and transports them to the realm of Norse mythology.