Ubisoft has yet to plan a proper ending for the Assassin's Creed franchise, despite statements made last year suggesting the company already knows how its adventure series will end, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag lead writer Darby McDevitt told Edge Online.
Last year, Black Flag game director of Ashraf Ismail stated an overarching narrative has already been plotted out for the franchise, with specific placing for each installment. He also stated the development team has "an idea of where the end is." McDevitt said this isn't quite the case; while the current storyline featuring the line of Edward Kenway has an ending, the overall series does not.
"There's been a bit of confusion in that [Ismail] once said that Assassin's Creed has an ending — that's not exactly true," he said. "This storyline has an ending, but because all of history is open to us we see the universe as a Doctor Who type thing. There are so many possibilities we don't want to definitively end the universe, but we can have storylines that have endings.
"The end of the Desmond trilogy changed slightly but it was always intended to end that way," he added. "And then about two years ago we planned for another story... [But] we've moved on from specifically defining when a story will end."
McDevitt explained that Black Flag was a way to guide the series away from Desmond and into a new storyline while still allowing fans closure of his departure. As for where the next game will take players, McDevitt hinted that there are small hints scattered throughout the title as a "reward for completionists."