The Assassins Creed franchise has in recent years come to be one of the most popular and successful series of a generation. Gracing the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and various other platforms, in the course of four main entries and various spin-offs its story of Desmond Miles and his ancestors kicking Templar butt has sold bucket-loads. The series could have taken a very different turn however if early concept art had led to a different main character.
Ubisoft has released a number of pieces of concept art through their Facebook page, indicating that at one point they were considering using a female protagonist. The designs show a somewhat more ‘Prince of Persia’ inspired art style and provide some very interesting dead-ends such as protecting a small child and uncovering the lost city of Petra, as seen in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The designs were created by Khai Nguyen, way back in 2004 whilst the first game was still in the planning stages, and Ubisoft were probably working with early 360 and PS3 prototypes.
As we all wait with bated breath for the next leap forward in the Assassins Creed universe later this year, take a look at some of these screens and tell us what you think. Would a female Altair or Ezio have worked?