Ubisoft gives an announcement as follows,
"We are delighted and proud to announce today that in financial year '14, we will introduce an all-new Assassin's Creed hero, within an all new team and time period, and we expect it to be another major leap forward for the franchise," said Guillemot. "It is the benefit of multiple teams working on multiple chapters of the product, each getting several years to make their versions of an Assassin's Creed game."—
There is a rumour that the new Assassin's Creed is heavily naval based.
Heavily naval based......?
New time period, the naval warfare, the size of an impact the historical events happen in the game made...
Those keywords remind me of The Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), the first great war of the 20th century which is most known for "the battle of Tsushima"(naval warfare) in Japan.
Japan had been isolated from the west until she was forced to open its gate to the world by the expanding Western Powers during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Start from "Treaty of Peace and Amity", having been forced on the Shogun to accept by Commodore Perry, Edo Bakufu signed the several ridiculously unequal treaties between the Western Nations one after another.
The middle of the 19th century is the period Japan's seclusion has ended.
Only after five decades of those disgraceful incidents, Japan defeated the Russian Empire which was assumed to be the most powerful nation in the world at that time.
Under Admiral Heihachiro Togo's lead, Imperial Japanese Navy destroyed the Baltic Fleet into pieces in the battle of Tsushima.
The Russian fleet was virtually annihilated, losing eight battleships, numerous smaller vessels and 4,380 men were killed and 5,917 captured whilst the Japanese lost three torpedo boats and 117 men.
The Siege of Port Arthur and the Battle of Tsushima : youtu.be/cfgtTa453zM
IJN vs Baltic Fleet : youtu.be/8AdPXeLgcO8
Heihachiro Togo (1848-1934)
Although Japan could not win without the support by Great Britain that provided her the information strategy and the advanced battleships and the USA that played a significant role in creating a peaceful atmosphere and mediating the Treaty of Portsmouth, the fact doesn't change.
The humiliating defeat accelerated the movements of the usurpation of the throne that technically equals the coup in Russia.
It may be no exaggeration to say that the Russo-Japanese War triggered the Russian Revolution and brought the birth of the Soviet Union.
Japan's victory against one of the greatest Western Powers impacted the world, particularly many of Asian and African people have been treated as subhuman slaves for hundreds of years under the white-dominated world.
They might have realised that the non-whites were not destined to be enslaved and oppressed by the Europeans. They might have been determined not to be submissive without questions anymore and the news of a win for POC encouraged them to fight for freedom and gain their independence. They might have thought like "If the Japanese, the tiny people living in such tiny island had no natural resource could oppose the threat of the Western colonialism, why can't we do that?"
To be clear it's not my intention to glorify a war. I am not saying that the Empire of Japan contributed to save the oppressed people.
They launched the attack on the pretext of protecting their own country. What drove them to engage in fighting was the pride and the love for Japan, not for the other nations.
They were definitely not the knights in shining armour. They were nothing different from the major Western Powers that only cared about their national profit.
The Russians, the Americans, the Germans and the British...I respect all of the opponents the Japanese had fought during the three great wars with all my heart.
The bottom line is, there is only one fact but there would be countless points of view on it.
Country A could be both hero and villain at the same time. It all depends on the person who sees the incident.
Sorry, here I go ranting again.
Let's get back to Assassin's Creed.
There were rumours that the new Assassin's Creed would have Japanese or Russian assassin before Ubisoft revealed that the new protagonist for AC3 was the Native American and the time period would be set during the American War of Independence.
When the rumour was circulated people were talking about the Feudal Japan era and ninja however even I prefer the Warring States Period to the modern world, the civil wars in small island are nowhere near to the events happened in early 20th century in the sense that the impact on the world they made.
In that respect, everything Ezio did in AC2 has no influence on the world though.
Probably we don't have to cling to "an assassin who has done something influential on a global level". lol
Then I would like to see a ninja assassinates famous warlords in the 16th century such as Nobunaga Oda if a game set in Japan.
I bet it would never happen though.
Personally I really would like to see a game set in ancient Egypt or ancient Greece.
As for Assassin's Creed, climbing the modernised buildings is kind of boring. I much much much prefer the ancient/medieval cities to travel around.