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Next Assassin's Creed not in Japan, Jade Raymond says

But it will take place in her favorite historical era

The next Assassin's Creed won't take place in feudal Japan, but it will occur in Jade Raymond's favorite historical era.

Raymond, Ubisoft Toronto studio head and Assassin's Creed series producer, gave just a morsel of information about where the historical fiction franchise will take fans next in an interview with AdWeek. She did not specify which historical era is her favorite.

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Interstitial scenes from Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag showed the inner workings of Abstergo Entertainment, an in-universe developer and Ubisoft self-parody. Perceptive fans could find a list of potential settings for future Abstergo titles, including samurai-era Japan.

"When we're building a franchise, we're thinking of a whole universe and how we're developing a meta-story that could live on for many years in games and TV," Raymond said. "If the story has nowhere to go, then you end up with the video game equivalent of The Matrix 2 or something where it's never going to be quite as genius."

The Assassin's Creed franchise has spanned the Crusades-era Middle East, Renaissance Italy, the American Revolution, the golden age of Caribbean piracy, and beyond. The series' cryptic iconography and clues have led fans to speculate about a Japanese setting ever since the original game.

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag shipped about 10 million copies in 2014, two million short of Assassin's Creed III. Its cat-and-mouse multiplayer was bolstered last week with the 'Guild of Rogues' DLC pack.

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