Fans have been asking Ubisoft to take Assassin’s Creed to Japan for years. It seems like that might become a reality as a new report by insider Jeff Grubb suggests that Assassin’s Creed Infinity, the company’s planned all-encompassing live-service game, might include a Japanese setting.
Speaking on a recent podcast, Grubb talked about a future Assassin’s Creed title possibly being set in Japan, according to his sources that claimed a Middle-Eastern setting for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Rift, which was reported by Jason Schreier. He specified that he didn’t know if the Japanese setting will be part of Infinity or be an entirely new game after that, but judging by Ubisoft’s plans to keep Infinity going as a growing live-service title with no more traditional games planned, that makes the most sense.
Grubb added that this game will adopt more RPG elements similar to what we’ve seen in past titles like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Valhalla.
Other than Forza Horizon, no other gaming series has been requested to take place in Japan more than Assassin’s Creed. The countries rich history and conflict, aesthetic and beautiful scenery seem prime for an open-world video game setting – something that Sucker Punch Productions took full advantage of with 2020’s Ghost of Tsushima.
Perhaps Ubisoft was inspired to finally make a Japan-based Assassin’s Creed after seeing the success of Ghost of Tsushima, which many fans already called the perfect unofficial Assassin’s Creed game set in Japan.
As with all rumours, take this with a pinch of salt. Assassin’s Creed Infinity will be a constantly evolving live-service game that will apparently encompass multiple new titles under the same banner, ditching the traditional releases of new games. A Japanese setting makes logical sense as the series has tackled many historical periods, but never on the far Eastern shores. We might hear more about Ubisoft’s plans when they unveil the future of the Assassin’s Creed series this September.
Source: Jeff Grubb