Leak Suggests Next Assassin’s Creed Could Take Place In Japan Or China

Concept art which resurfaced about two months ago, has once again popped up – and it might indicate that the next Assassin’s Creed instalment will take us to feudal Japan or perhaps even China.

Hero in Valhall screaming
Credit: Ubisoft

While this concept art is not new (in fact it’s said to actually originate from about three years ago), leaked concept art for Assassin’s Creed seems to be a common trend before the game in question is officially announced by Ubisoft.  For example, this Viking concept art for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla appeared on an Ubisoft concept artist’s ArtStation page around two years ago.

The latest resurfacing concept art comes from John Bigorgne’s ArtStation page [as spotted by Reddit], and he is currently a concept artist at Ubisoft Montreal. 

Rumoured art from new Assassin's Creed
Credit: John Bigorgne ArtStation

At first glance (and to an untrained eye such as mine) my instinct would say that the stunning concept art is based upon Japanese history, however, the Reddit user who brought the art to all of our attention believes that the concept art is more than likely hinting that the game might actually be set in medieval China. The user goes into quite some detail explaining the reasons why.

If you want to read the post in full from nstav13, then you can do so here, but for now I’ll highlight some of the points made. 

Assassin’s Creed China and Japan are Coming Soon from r/assassinscreed

Nstav13 explains that the art style used in the concept art is an ink wash used throughout medieval China, an art style that was also implemented in 2.5D series spin-off, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.

Additionally, nstav13 says that the building used in a piece of the concept art is a Chinese fort and not a Japanese castle.  Nstav13 also believes that the armour seen in the art “appears to be Chinese” and that the “weaponry indicates medieval China.”  In nstav13’s opinion, it is also believed that the mountains and trees seen in both pieces of concept arts, “look more Chinese”, rather than Japanese.

Assassin's Creed hero in front of a pyramid
Credit: Ubisoft

In a final piece of evidence to add further fuel to the speculative fire, two surveys were conducted by Ubisoft in 2012 and 2017 respectively; both of which include questions regarding feudal Mongolia, Japan and China.

Whether it’s feudal Japan or China, these are historical settings that fans have been calling for a long while now, and whichever one may or may not arrive first, I think it’s fair to say that at some point, we will get main entries in the Assassin’s Creed series that will take us to both ancient Japan and China.

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