The Assassin’s Creed series started off quite strong when it came to its real-world story and setting. While we ran around Italy stabbing people in the head and defended the countryside in 18th century Boston, there was a whole other story taking place in the modern-day with Desmond and weird aliens. Sadly, Ubisoft’s plot for the modern-day setting fell off the wagon in the third game and became a convoluted mess. A new report reveals that the ending for the original trilogy was actually meant to play out quite differently.
Lars de Wildt, a researcher of conspiracy theories, religion and other beliefs in digital media culture released a research paper in which he interviewed former Assassin’s Creed developers who worked on the original game trilogy. The developers shared interesting facts on how the game’s story evolved over time.
According to the research, the original ending of Assassin’s Creed 3 was scrapped during the development of the game. Ubisoft was building up the ending of the trilogy to feature Desmond taking down Abstergo with the help of all his ancestors and skills obtained up to that point. Desmond and Lucy were seen as the modern-day Adam and Eve meant to restart civilization somewhere else. This “somewhere else” might have actually been another planet.
Assassin’s Ceed 3 still wrapped up Desmond and Lucy’s story but it ended quite differently than Ubisoft planned. There were multiple factors involved in this change. Ex-Assassin’s Creed director Patrice Desilets explains that Lucy’s actress Kristen Bell requested royalties for future appearances her character would make in the series. As a result, Ubisoft killed her character off. However, Absertgo surviving the story had always been the studio’s plan.
In the end, Ubisoft tweaked the ending of Assassin’s Creed 3 to go from Desmond and Lucy being Adam and Eve and leaving Earth on a spaceship to restart civilization, to Desmond saving the world in the Isu Bunker while Lucy died. That’s what you get for asking for royalties, Kristen.
Ubisoft has recently jumped back into the whole Adam and Eve setting with Valhalla. The ending is quite similar to the one the studio originally planned in Assassin’s Creed 3. Perhaps the studio will one day get the ending they always wanted.