Assassin’s Creed is Ubisoft’s gift from God to the human gamer race. Mixing historical fiction with action-adventure, puzzle solving and stealth elements, this video game series is Ubisoft’s most successful franchise. Selling over 75 million copies, it is difficult to find any gamer that has not played at least one of this games’ titles. As of 2015 the series features nine main story games and numerous games on alternate platforms. Consoles supporting these titles include PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, iOS, HP webOS, Android, Nokia Symbian Windows Phone platforms, and the Wii U. Production companies that have worked on the main titles include Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Annecy, Gameloft Studios, and Gryptonite Studios.
For a series as extensive as the Assassin’s Creed franchise, it all stems off of one main, cohesive story arc. Drawing inspiration from Vladimir Bartol’s novel Alamut, the series built on concepts established from the previously popular Prince of Persia game series. Centering around an age old war between the Assassins and the Knights Templar, the game focuses on a character with modern origins, named Desmond Miles. Working as a normal bartender, he is kidnapped by mega-corporation Abstergo Industries. Unbeknownst to him, they are the modern day descendants of the Knights Templar who seek to control the world with absolute power. Forced to enter an alternate reality simulator called the Animus, this creation allows Desmond to play through the live and events of his own ancestors. What Desmond does not know is how important a role he is to play in the fate of the world. Coming from a long line of Assassins, he discovers the events occurring centuries before his own birth that led to the creation of Abstergo and the almost extinction of the order of Assassins. Searching for the ‘Pieces of Eden’ Abstergo seeks to collect this ancient artifact that will imbue them with mythical powers. Desmond is not alone, aided by a small group of modern day assassins, they resist the deathly grip of Abstergo and seek to save the world from the greatest evil they have ever known.
Assassin’s Creed Costume: The Assassins
Through the Animus, Desmond, and you as the player, relive events in the lives of several key historical assassins. In game-release order, followed by time frame and geographic location, they include:
1. Desmond Miles, the modern descendent of the assassins
2. Altaïr ibn-La’Ahad, Third Crusade Jerusalem, Acre and Damascus
3. Ezio Auditore da Firenze, late 15th Century in Florence, Italy
4. Ratonhnhaké:ton aka Connor Kenway, half Mohawk, half British man during the American Revolution
5. Edward Kenway, eighteenth-century pirate
6. Arno Dorian, French Revolution, Paris
Edward Kenway Costume: The Basics
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