"never outright said" they're always going forward in history when it comes to backdrops.
Ismail "would love to explore Egypt" and the Animus always presents it as an option. It was "never a set rule" Assassin's Creed would end up being set present day.
Many possible time periods have been teased before, from Victorian London to the Shogunate days of Japan. Ubisoft release Assassin's Creed annually.
"The President of the company has said that we will ship an annual title, so it’s out there. We’ve been on this game for almost two years; it’ll be two and a half when we ship," Ashraf Ismail told the . "I would say one of the best things we have going for us is how we can play with history. History is something that is rooted in all of us; we all have a deeper connection to it. So there’s a lot of interesting periods and time places we haven’t been to that I would to see.”
“I’m not saying we are going there,” he continued. “But one day I would love to explore Egypt as a setting for this game. Ancient Egypt could be a really cool place. We have a really cool explanation for how we can do this, and it is with this Animus device that allows us to go to anytime in history.”
Assassin's Creed is not on some inexorable march forward in time.
"People are really surprised with where we took Assassin's Creed 4 because it was back in time from Connor's time. But we've never outright said that we are always moving forward. It just happened to be that way because we went from Altair to Ezio, then Ezio to Connor and there was a lot of hype about the American Revolution."
"However, it was never a set rule that we always get closer to the present day. We were a bit surprised by people who saying, 'how do you go back in time, how's that possible?' It's that Animus device we have. But again, I'm not saying Egypt is where the next one is going, it's just where I would like it to go," admitted Ashraf Ismail.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag releases on Xbox 360 and PS3 October 29th in the US, November 1st in EU. On PC November 19th in the US, 22nd in EU.