Assassin’s Creed’s original plan – when the entire franchise was planned as a trilogy – had the series’ hero Desmond fly off in a spaceship.
Details of an idea originally conceived by Assassin’s Creed co-creator Patrice Desile have been released. Lars de Wildt, researcher on conspiracy theories, religion and other beliefs in digital media culture at the Belgian research university KU Leuven.
As a graduate student, de Wildt interviewed various former Assassin’s Creed developers back in 2019. Today, he pointed to a new footnote detailing the details of the story gleaned from those interviews. These captivating snippets show how Assassin’s Creed’s story has evolved over time, as well as how, more than a decade later, one element from that discarded ending was reimagined.
“The original plan was based on my interviews with original AC creator Patrice Desile and AC3 creative director Alex Hutchinson,” wrote de Wildt.
“In short, the third game will end in a conflict resolution in the present day, with Desmond Miles defeating Abstergo using the combined knowledge and skills of all of his ancestors, including AC1’s Altair and AC2’s Ezio.”
“Besides, in 2012 the world will end,” de Wildt continued, “and Desmond Miles and Lucy will start a new civilization somewhere else – like Adam and Eve.”
“That’s why her name is Lucy, after Australopithecus afarensis,” Desile de Wildt said in an interview. As for where Desmond and Lucy were headed… “Boom! It’s a fucking spaceship!” Desile replied.
This initial plan was based on my interviews with original AC creator Patrice Desile and AC3 creative director Alex Hutchinson (although I was unable to contact writer Corey May). This has been confirmed by others in the industry and was publicly hinted at by voice actor Nolan North at Metrocon 2015. Long story short, the third game will end up resolving the conflict in the present day as Desmond Miles, voiced by North, takes down Abstergo using the combined knowledge and skills of all his ancestors, including Altair AC1 and Ezio AC2. In addition, the end of the world will come in 2012, and Desmond Miles and Lucy will start a new civilization somewhere else – like Adam and Eve. “That’s why her name is Lucy, after Australopithecus Afar” (Desile). Where did they go? To quote Desile: “Boom! It’s a fucking spaceship!”
Of course, by the time Assassin’s Creed finally got to its third numbered installment, released back in 2012, plans had changed considerably. AC3 still wrapped up Desmond’s story and this particular threat, but many other details were changed.
The success of the series saw Ezio grow into his own trilogy of games, while Desile left Ubisoft long ago after a public falling out with company boss Yves Guillemot.
The character of Lucy was also dropped from the series (Desile once said he killed off the character because Frozen and Veronica Mars actress Kristen Bell requested royalties for future appearances). In addition, Abstergo survived and has since remained the villain of the franchise in many subsequent games.
And, of course, the series did not end, and two of its stars did not leave the Earth on a spaceship.
Why a spaceship? Fans have long wondered if the Isu, the series’ enigmatic Forerunner race, were really aliens. Perhaps the Isu bunker where Desmond saved the world was originally conceived as a secret spaceship?