It seems the fate of Assassin’s Creed hero Desmond Miles has been sealed, with Assassin’s Creed 3 creative lead Alex Hutchinson stating at a recent Ubisoft press event that the modern-day story-arch Desmond resides in is a “Wrapper” – a wrapper that will ultimately needs to end. When or how the human memory bank will hang up his hidden blades is yet to be seen, but it will be a major turning point for the series what ever way Ubisoft decides to take it.
“It’s more like The Twilight Zone. There’s always a guy introducing it and he’s there every episode, but each game completes its own story”, said Hutchinson about Miles inclusion in each Assassin’s Creed game. “Assassin’s Creed 1 was Altair’s story. Ezio has been and gone. You can engage with these historical stories individually without having to necessarily understand Desmond’s story. But yes, we eventually do have to wrap it up.”
Will this open new corridors of creativity for the developers or just new headaches?
Hutchinson also talked about the importance of tieing up certain storylines for the benefit of keeping track of what is going on. He told Polygon, “Things that go on too long lack resonance. We’re asking people to remember seven years worth of story. Which is like saying you were in junior high and now you’re finishing college. And you need to remember what you were doing in junior high.” On how to take Desmond from the story-line without rustling to many feathers will be tough given his long-term service, but Hutchinson believes the series is similar to that of Star Trek and can give the same experience while being completely different, thus minimizing volatile feedback.
Either way, Desmond will vanish from Assassin’s Creed screens sometime in the future. Maybe he’ll be killed off, walk towards the pixellated sunset, or go to the dark side – we just don’t know, though I’m hoping for the latter.
You can check out the first Desmond-free offering with Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, which is set to release on the Playstation Vita on October 30, the same date as the Assassins Creed III release for consoles.