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The Complete Assassin’s Creed Game Order Listed by Release

by Lisa Hayden
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More than a decade since Ubisoft’s first release, the Assassin’s Creed series continues to expand and create more worlds to explore. From the high roofs of Renaissance-era Italy to the sandy dunes of Egypt, the main series, spin-offs, and remastered editions have transported their audience to action-packed worlds full of adventure. 

The franchise has offered more than 20 games for Assassin’s Creed, all of which feature their own storyline. Rumor has it that Ubisoft plans on releasing its 24thgame sometime in 2020. 

While the next game is a year away from release, why familiarise yourself with all of the games? Here’s a list of major releases from the Assassin’s Creed series. Who knows, you might even be have a next generation virtual reality headsets by then

Assassin’s Creed (November 13, 2007)

The first installment of the main series is a single-player adventure where you are pulled into the Holy Land. While utilizing the “Animus” machine, the player experiences the life of Desmond Miles, the true protagonist, and Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, whose goal is to complete a series of stealth missions. Throughout the game, the player guides Altair as he explores the skies and lands of olden Middle East.

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Assassin’s Creed won and was nominated in multiple awards for E3 2006. This success lead to the development of a sequel and a spin-off in the next two years. 

This game is playable on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows 

Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles (February 5, 2008) 

Altaïr’s Chronicles focuses on the titular assassin’s perspective as he is tasked to complete another mission. Set in the same place with a couple of cities added in, Altair has to face off against the Templars in a struggle to retrieve an important item.

The gameplay features a variety of mini-games and puzzles, as well as the usual hack-and-slash action. Since the game was released on mobile platforms, the game encourages a lot of touchscreen interaction to compensate for the lack of open-world exploration.

This game is playable on the Nintendo DS, Android, iOS, webOS, Symbian, Java ME and Windows Phone.

Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines (November 17, 2009)

Bloodlines contains similar elements to the first Assassin’s Creed, the only difference being the platform and its limitations. Though most of the original gameplay and animation has been downgraded to some standard, the game brings new collectibles and combat techniques. 

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The story begins immediately after the 2007 release, where Altaïr continues on his mission to stop the Templars’ plans while learning about the Order and their hidden archive. Another key feature of the game is the slow-burning romance between Altaïr and a new character, Maria Thorpe.

This game is playable on the PlayStation Portable 

Assassin’s Creed II (November 17, 2009)

As the sequel to the first release and main series’ second installment, the game continues Desmond’s experience with the Animus as he assumes another role. Taking place in Italy’s Renaissance era, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, another ancestor of Desmond, travels through the country seeking answers and revenge. 

Assassin’s Creed II presents better opportunities to take in the visual aspects of the game via a 360° camera view. The series continues its open world and free-roaming aspects as well as additional features such as: a database, a new health system, more enemies, swimming and better Eagle Vision. Interactions with non-playable characters (NPCs) are also improved.

This game is playable on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X.

Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery (November 17, 2009)

Along with Assassin’s Creed II, the plot revolves around Ezio and his missions around Italy prior to the events in the second installment. Ezio is tasked with protecting a person of interest in Spain, which leads to a series of events surrounding the Spanish Assassins. 

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The game is played as a side-scroller, wherein the player is given more choices in gameplay such as mission types and enemy confrontation. The mission system allowed for the player to review his or her performance via factors relating to time and combat. Another interesting addition was the customizable wanted posters in-game.

This game is playable on the Nintendo DS and iOS.

Assassin’s Creed: Project Legacy (September 30, 2010)

Project Legacy was a game released on Facebook and removed on May 15, 2013 due to noncompliance with the Terms of Service. 

Instead of the Animus, the player utilizes a machine called the Data Dump Scanner or DDS. The game allowed players to experience other people’s memories through “memory sets”. These memory sets were: Italian Wars, Rome, and Holiday. The memory sets focused on the lives of different people which were organized in chapters. 

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (November 16, 2010)

Brotherhood is the third installment and sequel to Assassin’s Creed II. Set in 16th-century Rome, Ezio resumes his mission to retrieve the Apple of Eden and eliminate the Borgias family. Desmond also encounters adversity along the way, as new enemies and danger begin to surface around him.

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The game is known for pioneering the multiplayer feature in the franchise, which offers a dynamic take on the world of Assassin’s Creed. Game modes were also made available to players who wanted to step out of the usual single-player gameplay. These game modes are the Free-For-All, where six players are made to assassinate one another and Team, where players are arranged in groups of three.

This game is playable on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (November 15, 2011)

Like Brotherhood, Revelations is also a sequel to the previous game and the fourth major installment. This time, the two main protagonists, Altaïr and Ezio, are available for play in their respective settings. The story in Revelations takes a turn as Ezio tries to connect the mysteries surrounding his ancestor, Altaïr, and the secrets within his memories.

A new form of travel was introduced with the use of a hookblade, which allowed for flexible exploration and combat. With three protagonists in the game, their stories were told in sequences, one of which could be unlocked with collectibles. 

This game is playable on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. 

Assassin’s Creed III (October 30, 2012)

Sequel to Revelations and the fifth installment, Assassin’s Creed III introduces Desmond’s ancestor of mixed descent: Ratonhnhaké:ton a.k.a. Connor. At the time of Colonial America, the Order of Templars schemes to take over the colonies once more. The game leads you through Connor’s life as he explores both urban and rural environments.

The multiplayer feature is carried out, along with a few improvements to combat. The new setting also allows weapons such as muskets and pistols. Setting modifications like fog and snow have also been added for better atmosphere.

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This game is playable on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Wii U and Nintendo Switch.

Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (October 30, 2012)

Liberation is the spin-off accompaniment of Assassin’s Creed III. Unlike the other accompanying spin-offs, a new protagonist, Aveline de Grandpré leads the story. Set in New Orleans city, Aveline goes on a mission to save slaves and destroy the Templars after the French and Indian War.

Most of Assassin’s Creed III’s gameplay is available in Liberation. However, touchscreen interaction makes a return, as well as new combat animations for the protagonist. The multiplayer mode is limited to the PlayStation Vita.

This game is playable on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Playstation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (October 29, 2013)

Black flag is the sixth installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise set in the Carribean Sea, when piracy was at its peak. The protagonist, Edward Kenway, is a pirate and grandfather of Connor, Assassin Creed III’s lead. The plot revolves around an establishment called the Republic of Pirates and the ongoing conflict between Assassins and Templars.

The oceanic setting presented exploration in the form of ships and sailing, as well as an expansive world map. Multiplayer mode is made available and the usual combat system still applies.

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This game is playable on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Wii U.

Assassin’s Creed: Pirates (December 5, 2013)

Pirates takes place at the same time as Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, but with a different pirate protagonist, Alonzo Batilla. It is a mobile-exclusive game with a few similar features to Black Flag, such as the combat system. The story is centered around the search for lost treasure belonging to another pirate. 

Like the last mobile games, Assassin’s Creed: Pirates was also taken off App Store and Google Play.

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Assassin’s Creed: Rogue (November 11, 2014)

The seventh major installment gives a new twist to the story, in which the protagonist is a Templar instead of the usual Assassin. Shay Patrick Cormac explores the mid-18th century world, when the Seven Years’ War was in full throttle. The story involves vengeance and betrayal as well as completely different enemies, most of which are from the Brotherhood.

The game combines the naval warfare of Black Flag and land exploration of the previous games to form a new dynamic to go along with the plot twist. Other notable features in the game are the ship upgrades, air rifles and the return of side missions.

This game is playable on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360. Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity (November 11, 2014)

Unity is the eighth installment and succeeds Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. During the French Revolution, Arno Victor Dorian travels through Paris on a quest to reveal the truth. The plot contains elements of a forbidden love story and family tragedies.

The gameplay in Unity improves on many of the game’s core features such as scaling, weapons, skills and side quests in the form of activities. Skill customization is the game’s best highlight and it allows players to freely improve the character’s abilities with points.

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This game is playable on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (October 23, 2015)

Syndicate is the ninth installment which takes place in the Victorian era. Instead of one playable character, the game lead by twin protagonists Jacob and Evie Frye as they traverse through old London. Storytelling is maintained by switching between the leads’ perspectives throughout the game.

New methods of travel are heavily inspired by real life London, such as rope launchers, carriages and trains. The open world environment is bigger than most of the earlier installments and allows players to freely roam more of the world. However, the game does not support multiplayer mode. 

This game is playable on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows OS.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles (April 21, 2015)

Chronicles is separated into three settings: China (released on April 21, 2015), India (released on January 12, 2016) and Russia (released on February 9, 2016). Each of these games are known to differ in style compared to other games, due to its usage of a 2.5D plane.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is the first part of the Chronicles trilogy. The story follows Shao Jun, the last Chinese Assassin of her Brotherhood who seeks vengeance against the Temple Order. It is playable on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. 

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India is the second part of the Chronicles. During a war set in East India, Arbaaz Mir, the protagonist, is tasked with reclaiming a Piece of Eden from the Templar Order. 

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia is the final part of the Chronicles. In 1918, Nikolai Orev is given one final duty to steal and protect an artifact before he leaves the country.

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia is available on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. 

Assassin’s Creed: Identity (February 25, 2016)

Identity is another game exclusively released for mobile. The game is set in historical Italy and has similarities to the first Assassin’s Creed. 

The story implements real-life historical figures as key characters in the game, such as Leonardo da Vinci, one of the Brotherhood’s allies, and another Assassin, Niccolò Machiavelli. Unlike many of the Assassin’s Creed games, the protagonist does not have an official name and is simply referred to as “The Assassin”.

Gameplay includes basic combat and stealth mechanics with the inclusion of a cooldown element. Missions are seperated into categories: Campaign missions, the quests for the main storyline, and Contract missions, the optional quests.

This game is playable on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins (October 27, 2017)

The tenth major installment is led by Bayek in Ancient Egypt, as he uncovers the origin of the Assassin and Templar conflict. Throughout the story, the player follows his tale as he gradually progresses towards becoming one of the First Assassins.

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The combat in Origins has one of the biggest upgrades in the franchise. Combat systems are arena-based and features a challenging approach wherein the players must fight multiple enemies at the same time and eventually engage in a boss battle. Mechanics have also been revised, allowing for dynamic fight scenarios.

This game is playable on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (October 5, 2018)

Odyssey is the 11thmajor installment which follows the life of either Alexios or Kassandra in Ancient Greece. The protagonists’ goals in the story involves choosing between two sides in order to restore peace.

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Compared to the other games, Odyssey leans more on keeping the story as interactive as possible. It features vital decision-making aspects that lead to any one of several endings. A notoriety system where the player is chased for committing crimes is also added into the game. 

This game is playable on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch and Google Stadia.

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