MONTREAL — After months of speculation, Ubisoft has finally announced that the next installment of Assassin’s Creed will be set during the development of the first Assassin’s Creed.
“This has been one of the most requested settings by fans, so we’re thrilled to finally be bringing players back to the far off historical period of 2006,” said Ubisoft Creative Director Stephane Boudon. “We intend to create a living, breathing world based around everyone’s favorite moments in Ubisoft history.”
Officially titled Assassin’s Creed: Reboot, the game will thrust players into the role of Barry Eagleton, an unpaid intern who gets recruited into the Assassin Guild by a group of mistreated former employees.
“As Barry, you’ll be able to explore a 1-1 recreation of our Montreal studios circa the mid-2000s, with period-accurate details like Evanescence’s ‘Call Me When You’re Sober’ playing almost constantly in the background,” said Narrative Director Sarah Beaulieu, who spent the past two years consulting with experts about what life was like at the studio back then. “We’ve done extensive research to fully immerse players as they hunt down Templars within our upper management accused of sexual misconduct.”
Despite initial buzz, many gamers were ultimately disappointed in the choice of setting for AC: Reboot, criticizing it as lackluster compared to other highly requested time periods.
“Seriously, this is it? We’re going from Vikings to game development?” said rowdy gamer Keegan Ballhog, who serves as a moderator on the r/assassinscreedsucksass subreddit. “Look, I’ve been an Assassin’s Creed fan since the beginning, but this seems like a step backward for the franchise. I was literally an office intern in the 2000s and it sucked. Couldn’t they at least let us play as a badass office samurai?”
Ubisoft is also reportedly in early stages of development for a new Watch Dogs game set in 2012, when everybody thought Watch Dogs was going to be really good.