The Assassin’s Creed series has always paired exploration of historical time periods with modern technology and storylines, but we now learn that the original plan for the Assassin’s Creed trilogy almost took that concept to a whole new level.
As reported by Eurogamer, details of the franchise’s original ending were released by a student at a Belgian research university. In a work investigating developers Ubisoft’s use of religion, Ph.D. KU Leuven student Lars de Wildt wrote that modern-day characters Desmond Miles and Lucy Stillman would escape Earth in a spaceship and set off to begin human civilization elsewhere.
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de Wildt described this plan and said it was pieced together based on interviews de Wildt conducted with Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Désilets and Assassin’s Creed 3 creative director Alex Hutchinson.
“In short, the third game would end with a present-day resolution of the conflict, with Desmond Miles – voiced by [Nolan] North – bringing down Abstergo with the combined knowledge and skills of all his ancestors, including AC1’s Altair and AC2’s Ezio,” de Wildt wrote. “Besides, 2012 is the end of the world and Desmond Miles and Lucy are starting a new civilization somewhere else – than Adam and Eve.”
When de Wildt asked Désilets where they were going, Désilets said, “Boom! It’s a damn spaceship!”
The actual Assassin’s Creed trilogy ended very differently from that plan. Rather than focusing heavily on modern Miles, the game starred Ratonhnhaké:ton, also known as Connor Kenway, an assassin during the American Revolutionary War. Modern history still focused on Desmond having something to do with the end of the world, but the results were very different.
The character of Lucy was no longer present in Assassin’s Creed 3 as she was killed earlier in the series. And even though Desmond’s story was complete, Abstergo would appear in future Assassin’s Creed games. And of course the trilogy didn’t end with one of the main characters on a spaceship.
While outer space remains an option for the series to this day, the Assassin’s Creed franchise isn’t afraid to go supernatural. The upcoming expansion for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla transforms players into Odin and sends them through the realm of Norse mythology.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.