Assassin's Creed

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Name: Assassin's Creed
Abbreviation(s): AC, AssCreed
Creator: Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Annecy
Date(s): first released in 2007
Medium: various (including game consoles, PC, novelizations, comics and a live-action film)
Country of Origin: Canada
External Links: Official Site
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Assassin's Creed is a video game series developed by Ubisoft. It is often considered to be the "spiritual successor" to the Prince of Persia series, which was also developed by Ubisoft Montreal.[1]

The series combines elements of historical fiction, science fiction, conspiracy, and intrigue.

Since the first release of Assassin's Creed on November 13, 2007, the franchise has grown and is now a sprawling web of characters in many different time periods and in many different media formats: along with the main series games, there are several spinoff games, short films, novelizations, multiple comic book series, interactive web content, a live-action film, and a planned Netflix series.

The Franchise

Major Games

The main Assassin's Creed franchise consists of the following titles:

  • Assassin's Creed I (2007)
  • Assassin's Creed II (2009)
    • Battle of Forlí (DLC, 2010)
    • Bonfire of Vanities (DLC, 2010)
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (2010)
    • The Da Vinci Disappearance (DLC 2011)
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations (2011)
    • The Lost Archive (DLC, 2012)
  • Assassin's Creed III (2012)
    • The Tyranny of King Washington (DLC,2013)
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (2013)
    • Blackbeard's Wrath (DLC, 2013)
    • Freedom Cry (DLC, 2013, later released in 2014 as a standalone game retitled Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry)
  • Assassin's Creed: Rogue (2014)
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity (2014)
    • Dead Kings (DLC, 2015)
  • Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (2015)
    • Jack the Ripper (DLC, 2015)
    • The Last Maharajah (DLC, 2016)
  • Assassin's Creed: Origins (2017)
    • The Hidden Ones (DLC, 2018)
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (2018)

Minor Games

  • Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles
  • Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines  
  • Assassin's Creed II: Discovery
  • Assassin's Creed III: Liberation
  • Assassin's Creed Chronicles
    • Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China
    • Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India
    • Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia

Others

  • A role playing/trading card game titled Assassin's Creed: Memories
  • Two mobile RPGs, Assassin's Creed: Identity and Assassin's Creed: Rebellion
  • A mobile spin-off game of Assassin's Creed: Black flag, titled Assassin's Creed: Pirates
  • A board game titled Assassin's Creed: Arena (2014)

Novels

  • Assassin's Creed: Rennaisance
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  • Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  • Assassin's Creed: Forsaken
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity
  • Assassin's Creed: Underworld
  • Assassin's Creed: Last Descendants
  • Assassin's Creed: Heresy

Comics

  • Assassin's Creed: Subject Four by DC Comics
    • Assassin's Creed: The Fall
    • Assassin's Creed: The Chain
  • Assassin's Creed: Brahman
  • Assassin's Creed (non-canonical, French comics produced by Le Deux Royaumes)
  • Assassin's Creed (Titan Comics)
    • Assassin's Creed: Templars
    • Assassin's Creed: Last Descendants
    • Assassin's Creed: Conspirations
    • Assassin's Creed: Reflections

Films

  • Assassin's Creed: Lineage, three short films serving as a prequel to Assassin's Creed: II and starring Ezio's father, Giovanni Auditore
  • Assassin's Creed: Embers, a short film serving as Ezio's epilogue and part of Shao Jun's story
  • Assassin's Creed, a full-length film released in 2016, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard

The World

Assassin's Creed is a science fiction/alternate history themed series. The overarching plot centers on a ancient war that stretches over all of human history, between two organizations that became public during the The Crusades: The Knights Templar, who wish for mankind to be united in peace under their control, and the Assassins, who fight against the Templars for the free will of humanity. In the series canon, these groups have existed and continue to exist secretly since early human history and up to the present day.

Each main game has two separate plots. The first is set in the 21st century, where the battle between the Templars (who have become a multimillion corporation called Abstergo), and the Assassins (who have gone into hiding) has turned into one of espionage, subterfuge and black-ops skirmishes. Using a machine called the Animus, the modern-day characters are able to relive the memories of their ancestors: these Animus memory sessions compose the historical plot of each game. The majority of the action is set during the historical plotlines, ranging from The Crusades, The Renaissance, The American Revolution, The Golden Age of Piracy, The French Revolution, Victorian Britain and Ptolemaic-Era Egypt. Assassins and Templars are shown to have participated and influenced in almost every major world-historical event imaginable, with famous figures in historical figures either being Assassins or Templars or non-aligned people supported and opposed by either faction.

The fandom is somewhat polarized with regards to the modern-day plot; some fans despise it and see the modern gameplay segments as interruptions from the good stuff, while other fans highly appreciate the modern narrative and wish there was more of it.

The franchise begins with the story of Desmond Miles, a New York bartender who flees from his childhood home, an Assassin training camp, but is later forced to return after being kidnapped by Abstergo, who capture him in order to explore the memories of his ancestors— famous Assassins from different corners of the globe. The first game covers the story of Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, an arrogant Assassin during the Second Crusade. The following three games, considered amongst fans and critics as some of the best, tell of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, an Italian nobleman in the Renaissance who takes up the mantle of an Assassin after the betrayal and murder of his father. The third game centers around Ratohnhaké:ton, later named Connor, a Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) Assassin who lived during the American Revolution. The fourth game is about Edward Kenway, the grandfather of Ratohnhaké:ton, a pirate-turned-Assassin.

After Black Flag, other characters that were not Desmond's ancestors were presented. Among them are Arno Dorian, a French Assassin living during the French Revolution. Shay Cormac, an Assassin-turned-Templar after the betrayal of his mentor, Achilles. And Evie and Jacob Frye, twins in Industrial Revolution London hoping to liberate their city from Templars, and Bayek of Siwa, an Egyptian Medjay seeking to find who murdered his son.

The Fandom

Assassin's Creed boasts a sizable fandom since its beginning, with very active fans in many communities all around.

FanFiction.Net

Despite the migration to websites likes AO3, FanFiction.Net still boasts thousands of AC stories, many of which were in fact copied to AO3 by their authors. As of August 2018, FFnet's Assassin's Creed fic section is the 17th largest in the "Games" category, and the 10th largest in the "Games Crossover" category.

Archive of Our Own

The Assassin's Creed fandom is active in the archive, with gen, crossover, shipping, AU and character studies abound.

Tumblr

The fandom on Tumblr is highly active, with many members of the fan community creating media such as fanfics, fan art, memes, meta and roleplay blogs. Blogs dedicated to confessions— such as AC Confessions- and other popular blogs are Made in Masyaf, Brotherhoot (sadly no longer active, but the blog Brotherhoot Collection is dedicated to find as much of the original poster's material as possible) Dirty Assassin's Creed Secrets, and All Sounds AssCreed.

Reddit

The Assassin's Creed fandom has an active presence in its reddit.

Other popular sites are the assassinscreed livejournal and Asscreedkinkmeme on Dreamwidth.

Ships

Some of the most popular pairings include Malik Al-Sayf/Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze/Leonardo da Vinci, and Shaun Hastings/Desmond Miles.

Character/Reader fics are also common, with more than over 700 reader-insert works on AO3 as of August 2017, and many more on Tumblr and deviantART.[2][3][4]

Common tropes

Modern AUs[5] in which characters from the different games and time periods interact with each other are greatly popular, comprising the second largest tag within the fandom on AO3. Their popularity on FanFiction.Net is less, compromising only 3% of all fanfics as of 2016.[6]

Due to the series' heavy focus on ancestry/family, afterlife fics are also somewhat common, usually about a character being welcomed by ancestors after death, or a deceased character watching their living relative from beyond.

Criticism

Both Assassin's Creed and Ubisoft have been criticized many times for the lack of playable POC characters,[7][8][9] with only two out of nine protagonist of main games being mixed race (Syrian-White and Native American-British respectively) and six out of seventeen main characters in all of the Assassin's Creed universe being POC in general.

This criticism was brought back when the cast for the live-action film was revealed, many believing Michael Fassbender would play the role of (intentionally racially ambiguous) Desmond Miles. However it was abandoned when it was revealed Fassbender played an new, movie-original character.

Another criticism was about the game's lack of playable female characters. The already rocky reputation of the Assassin's Creed: Unity, thanks to its many glitches, repetitive and laggy gameplay and lack of cohesive storyline, was worsened due to it. These already existing critiques were furthered by Élise's death, with many players stating that killing her was unnecessary,[10] and others stating that Arno (the main character of the game) dying in her stead would've made a more interesting story.[11] Other complaints included the erasure of important and influential women in the history of the French Revolution, such as real life assassin Charlotte Corday.[12]

Ubisoft did not help these claims when, in an interview, the company claimed that the reason female characters weren't widespread in their games was due to them being harder to animate,[13] and that it would take days for them to do so.[14] Many fans countered by reminding them of other female characters in their games— among them Lucy Stillman, Rebecca Crane, Claudia and Maria Auditore, Rosa, Maria Thorpe, Aveline de Grandpré, Ziio, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, several Animi avatars in other games, and was later on brought up again with the inclusion of Evie Frye and Shao Jun as playable characters. The reveal that fandom-popular characters such as Axeman and Ice Cream were in fact simply recolors of Arno, already very similar in appearance to Ezio Auditore, also disappointed some fans.

See also

Links & Resources

References

  1. Assassin's Creed at Wikipedia. Accessed 14 April 2013.
  2. AO3 search for the reader-insert category in "Assassin's Creed" fandom
  3. Assassin-x-Reader and Heart of the Creed are two AC reader-insert groups on DA.
  4. tumblr tag #assassinxreader
  5. Alternate Universe - Modern Setting tag in AO3
  6. FanFiction.Net search for modern
  7. post by Tumblr user wh1lly
  8. confession in Assassin's Creed Confession, now inactive
  9. Assassins Creed and Diversity
  10. Assassin's Creed: Unity - Why the ending had me so angry, post by user melancholicenthusiam, Nov 17 2014, accessed 5 August 2017
  11. post by elisebaelaserre, accessed 5 August 2017
  12. article by Dan Golding, accessed 5 August 2017
  13. article by VideoGamer, accessed 5 August 2017
  14. Polygon article explaining the offending news, acceded 5 August 2017