Assassin's Creed III creative lead Alex Hutchinson said yesterday during a Ubisoft press conference, that it was time the story of series protagonist Desmond Miles ended.
According to Hutchinson: "It's more like the Twilight Zone. There's always a guy introducing it and he's there every episode, but each game completes its own story, " he said via Polygon.
"Assassin's Creed 1 was Altair's story. Ezio has been and gone. You can engage with these historical stories individually without having to necessarily understand Desmond's story. But yes, we eventually do have to wrap it up.
"I think what you do is you finish it. I always pitched it to the guys on this game to think of it almost like Star Trek. Each game is a season... each big number is a sub-title. We're not changing the universe, but we're being given the reigns to the equivalent of The Next Generation. Yes, it's the Star Trek universe, and that has certain immutable laws and there's a base kind of tone to it, but within that you can do whatever you want.
"I think Desmond needs to end, at some point. You know what I mean? Things that go on too long lack resonance. We're asking people to remember seven years worth of story. Which is like saying you were in junior high and now you're finishing college. And you need to remember what you were doing in junior high."
Hutchinson said the only constant with Assassin's Creed III, is Desmond, as the game itself contains a new character, story, period, mechanics - much like a new IP.
"Without Desmond, we could have called it anything else, and people would have said okay," said Hutchinson. "It's just we like the wrapper of being an assassin and being in this continuing war against Templars. There's huge value in that. But [AC3] is 90% a new game."
Assassin's Creed III is out in the fall.