Assassin’s Creed has always focused on one separate timeline in the game. This normally takes place over two time periods: one in the present and one in the past. For the most part, this is all that players were limited to.
However, Ubisoft has said that this won’t be the case in future entries. According to the company, technology is being to developed to create multiple time periods in future installments. This would let players visit locations across different periods. This could let players see the future consequences of their actions.
Taking to the Ubisoft blog, Lionel Raynaud said that they were excited to explore these kinds of mechanics. However, he didn’t go into too much detail. That being said, he did offer some insight into what they were doing. In Mr. Raynaud’s words:
“We also see a future where a game will stay [post launch], and new experiences will come in the games. But we have technology that will break the [current] limit of memory, for instance, because of new technology’s that are arriving. We would be able to – in the same world – have historical periods, for instance, in Assassin’s Creed, and use the Animus to travel from one to the other.”
With that said, though, the technology could benefit other titles. With some slight tweaking, it could also benefit titles such as Far Cry and Watch Dogs. For example, Watch Dogs players could visit other countries. From what we know about the technology, it could be a massive benefit to open world games. The exact specifics of the technology remain known. But, if what Ubisoft has said is true, it’ll have a major impact in gaming in the next few years. As of yet, we’ll have to wait and see.