In the past 15 years, the Assassin’s Creed Franchise feels like it’s been almost anywhere in the world. The series has seen entries featuring characters from Egypt, Greece, France, North America, and even India and China in some offshoot games. However, the Assassin’s Creed Franchise has turned a blind eye to a part of the world with untapped potential: South America.
Despite Assassin’s Creed‘s largely Eurocentric settings and storylines, the franchise has a lot of lore for Latin America. It dates back to the Age of Discovery when the Assassins first landed in America and made contact with natives. From here there are a handful of little stories about native civilizations that the franchise should explore further in the future. In addition, South America seems to be one of the most important places for the future of the world Assassin’s Creed franchise and could set the stage for an Assassin victory in this day and age.
Latin America has the potential for great Assassin’s Creed stories
Latin America has been referenced in a few main entries, viz Assassin’s Confession 3 and Assassin’s Creed 4, but only a reference to an overall history of the Assassins and Templars in the Southern Hemisphere. In Assassin’s Confession 3‘s Hidden Secrets Pack DLC, Conner finds himself in the Mayan ruins of Cerros for a short mission to recover Captain Kidd’s sword deep within the ruins of the island. However, the DLC never explored the Mayan Empire’s role in Kidd’s wreck. In the meantime, Assassin’s Creed 4 would only briefly touch on the Inca Empire in the Lost Journal DLC, but again there’s nothing substantial to draw.
Assassin’s Confession 3 and 4 may have explored small bits of South America’s role in the franchise, but this should be treated as the start of something bigger. To get the best of Latin America Assassin’s CreedFans have to look at the offshoot in the media. During Assassin’s Creed Origins explores how the Brotherhood formed in Egypt, South America, where the first assassin guilds in America originated. A short run from Assassin’s Creed The 2015 comic adaptation showed the Inca Empire in Peru in the early 16th century and would be a great starting point for an origin story of the Assassin Brotherhood in South America.
in the Assassin’s Creed: Assassins Comic series, Spanish assassin Gonzalo Pardo travels to Peru in the Age of Discovery to stop Francisco Pizarro’s conquest of the Inca Empire. However, Gonzalo fails to stop Pizarro’s assassination of Emperor Atahualpa and subsequently succumbs to depression for years. Eventually, a young Inca woman named Quila discovers a plot to assassinate Emperor Manco Inca Yupanqui and works with Gonzalo Pardo to stop it. Together, the two thwart Pizarro’s assassination attempt, and Gonzalo offers Quila the opportunity to join the Brotherhood and found the Peruvian Brotherhood of Assassins.
Recent mainline entries also suggest that South America contains important pieces of Eden that are crucial to the future of the series. After the events of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and the revelation by the staff of Hermes, fans now know that a piece of Eden exists somewhere in Peru near the city of Cusco. For the same reason, an Isu artifact is also known to be somewhere in southern Chile. Of course, combining the lore from the mainline games with the story of Quila and Gonzalo from comics would make for an intriguing glimpse of a future Assassin’s Creed Game in South America.
South America could be important for the future of Assassin’s Creed
The overarching modern plot of Assassin’s Creed sees the Brotherhood in dire straits as the Templars have largely won the war and driven assassins out of most major locations in the world. A few assassin cells still exist around the world, but they don’t have nearly the same power and influence that they had during Altair’s time in the original Assassin’s Creed. However, South America is home to one of the last Assassin strongholds according to recent developments in the Assassin’s Creed timeline.
Brazil played an important role throughout Assassin’s Confession 3, when the Brazilian Brotherhood of Assassins had a branch in Sao Paulo that tracked down a powerful piece of Eden for use in the Great Temple. Although the events of that game saw the Assassins in Brazil betrayed by a Templar defector, the Brotherhood eventually recovered when Desmond sacrificed himself to stop events at the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar. Although modern sequences have been toned down in recent entries, this story thread continues through to Assassin’s Creed sequels and could have some big implications for where the series goes next.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate mentions that the Assassin cells in the area gained dominance over the Templars in Brazil and now outnumbered them for the first time in a long time. This is a massive development for the ongoing battle between the two factions that could be explored in upcoming games. Additionally, an Assassin-dominated country means that the current series’ protagonist, Layla, could have excellent reason to travel to South America as the new setting for the Assassin’s Creed games.
South America also boasts some of the most polished modern lore. Per Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Chile and Argentina were the subjects of Templar puppet governments in the 1970s, which would make an interesting Cold War era setting for the franchise. Much of the real social unrest in these countries in the 1960s and 1970s was due to the Templars colluding with Henry Kissinger to organize military coups, or directly governing Argentina with military juntas. While the franchise is reluctant to move beyond the Victorian era, perhaps the advent of Assassin’s Creed Infinity and various spin-off games coming soon may start a fire for Assassin’s Creed to explore something experimental during this time.
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