Here at Quarter to Three, we try to keep our heads above the fray and not report on rumors or baseless stories. So what if Ubisoft told investors that they can expect “the exciting returns of Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, The Crew and South Park” this year? Maybe the next Assassin’s Creed will be a prequel called Origins and use ancient Egypt as its setting, but we can’t know for sure. Not even if we’ve been seeing this rumor since last year. What we do have is a spiffy new Assassin’s Creed logo, and that’s good enough to start some discussion.
Let’s do a deep-dive into the new Assassin’s Creed image after the jump!
1. The background is that kind of blue-green that’s often used for Mediterranean waters. In this case though, it looks more granular. Almost rocky. It might even be marble. Did they have marble in ancient Egypt? My exhaustive research into the matter consisted of watching bits of Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and they had plenty of marble around the set, but I’m no fool. They didn’t pay for masons to cut marble in 1963’s Twentieth Century Fox. That’s wood all done up to look like marble. This could be painted wood, then. Or maybe just a pool of spilled paint.
2. The main symbol is gold. Okay, technically, it’s yellow, but all shiny like gold. I guess the Assassins were rich in this age. Makes sense, seeing as how Elizabeth Taylor was always dressed in silks and embroidered gowns and surrounded by serving girls and guards and whatnot. That parade into Rome had to cost a pretty penny. Or drachma. Or whatever they used back then. Dates? I think they traded with dates and other fruits. Anyway, maybe in the next Assassin’s Creed, the organization is rich enough to pay for the players’ equipment, instead of making every Assassin shell out for every dart and blade like the chintziest killers-for-hire ever.
3. The curved line underneath the big “A” in the middle? That’s not a bow. It’s a mustache. We know what that means. Loot crates. Because every big-budget game has a gambling mechanism now. Overwatch recently became Activision Blizzard’s eighth property to make a billion dollars. That’s with one game in the franchise! No one is going to turn away from that kind of money. People love to gamble, and publishers love people that gamble. Why does the mustache signify loot crates? Because Ezio’s uncle was named Mario. Think about it.
4. Everyone thinks the main part of the symbol is a stylized letter “A” for the Assassins. It’s not that at all. It’s a set of calipers. Why? Because Assassins like architecture. That’s a fact. Think back to your time with the Assassin’s Creed games. Did you spend more time killing people or looking straight at walls and measuring the distance from one window sill to another? Case closed.
5. We’ll let the enhanced image speak for itself: