Assassin's Creed III: The problem with Desmond

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Posted 5:24pm on Mon 25 June 2012
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Assassin's Creed III: The problem with Desmond
Desmond's story in Assassin's Creed is to end this year. Nick Cowen wonders if Ubi ever knew what to do with him in the first place.

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Posted 5:24pm on Mon 25 June 2012
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Desmond's story in Assassin's Creed is to end this year. Nick Cowen wonders if Ubi ever knew what to do with him in the first place.

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I dont want to read the entire article because I just like playing the AC games now but I noticed the instant LOST bashing and wanted to put it out there anyone who wants to have that conversation let me know lol. I loved Lost and get the idea that people think it was just made up as they went along but there was a nod or 2 int he first season that pointed to a larger picture and I think once they got the go ahead to set an end date you saw how there werent any filler episodes just the push to the end. So basically Im saying I think they had the basic plot points set up but needed the end date in order to push the story to its conclusion. Imagine writing a book that you have to keep going indefinitely until you get the word that you can end it. You may know just how you want it to end but need to keep it goin with some filler until you get there.

Sorry to go off on the LOST rant but it just comes out in me to this day lol. Promise once I finish the AC games Il read this whole article. It does seem just from the little Iv played now that Desmond is more of a device to have the gameplay make sense then a character that is the main point of the game.
Posted 5:48pm on Mon 25 June 2012
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The accusation that they didn't have a clear progression for Desmond is true, but that's not a bad thing. They had no idea how big of a hit the series would be, so naturally they had to add in some extra bits and pieces to keep the games happening. But that's pretty much like every story ever created. While writers for TV shows and Movies and Books do have a clear vision for where they want to go, a lot of times its the feedback from the fans or a natural progression of writing the story that actually evolves into something different over time. It's called revising and it's a good thing; I'm SURE you've never heard of it Tongue

This is exactly the problem I see with AC III and my only worry with the game: how are they going to juggle this new Connor character when whats most important for Desmond at the moment is finding the temples and stopping the end of the world basically, not hob doddleing in the animus again. It's been hinted at that his state with the animus, aka the "bleeding effect" has gotten so severe he probably shouldn't be taking any extended trips with his ancestors for at least a little while. While I'm excited at the prospect and setting for AC III, I'd have been much more happy if they had just dedicated AC III to Desmond and fleshing out both his story and character. After all, he's the bloody reason for all the training and long hours spent on uncovering all the secrets of his ancestors. Anyways yeah I'll stop blabbering. I just hope they don't shaft Desmond completely in this next game and at least give him a good send off if this is indeed his conclusion. Cause contrary to popular opinion,l I don't have a problem with his character. A little dull at times but I think it's something that they could work with and improve.
Posted 10:57pm on Mon 25 June 2012
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@p0rtalthinker I agree with you and Nick Cowen totally, but I do think this should be last game in the franchise, since the ending in AC2 were the end of the world (2012) plot was really revealed I don't think they could continue after 2012 anyway as we should be dead after this if he doesn't stop the end, so they will be nothing left for another protagonist to do except revisit the past for a school project or something. The character may be poor but the underlying story line is fantastic and it's worth dealing with his whiney voice and boring personality. 

Also dude watch LOST from start to finish episode 1 again till the final episode, I, just like you, watched the first Series and half of the second and then gave up thinking same as you, they don't know where they going here, but after catching a couple of series 4 and been intrigued by wot the hell was happening n how the hell things had changed from a plane crash on a beach island I decided to start again from the beginning and never looked back. watching them pretty much back to back (a few episodes a night) made it all make sense more, it's possibly the best show ever made and there will never be another like it again, and now it's finished you know there is an ending too, everything gets answered and tied up, it's brilliant I have now watched it twice and when I retire in 60 odd years I'll watch it all again lol. By series 3 you will be hooked and by the end you will be very sad that it ended. it's one of the things to do before you die just like playing AC from the beginning and Mass Effect. 
Posted 10:58pm on Mon 25 June 2012
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@thedanyrand Sorry to go on bout lost as well didn't see all your post on the iOS app
Posted 12:15am on Tue 26 June 2012
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Never have to apologize to me for loving LOST lol.

I know enough about AC that it follows the world ending in 2012 storyline, but I cant see them ending it entirely. The ideas on this forum alone about Victorian England and Feudal Japan warrant a game and honestly they can put an assassin in either of those for whatever story and id be in. Desmond isnt what makes people buy the AC games its the assassinating through time so keep that going and the series will go on.

Just though of this but seems like this is happening with the Vita game or else Desmond is taking place in the female assassins story too.
Posted 2:40am on Tue 26 June 2012
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I felt like I got a slap in the face at the end of Brotherhood.

I'm 20% of the way through revelations, and the voices that Desmond hears on the Animus island confirmed that Lucy is indeed dead. This sucks so terribly, because while the main story was about Ezio, you are reliving those memories through Desmond, and the fact that the Apple of Eden forced him to kill the one spark of light in his currently gritty reality just killed my interest, and I almost didn't pick up the next game.

While I love that they are fleshing out the characters of Ezio and Altair. I feel that the small amount of empathy and interest we had developed for Desmond was immediately squashed. I have not yet seen a reason for killing off Lucy! Did Kristen Bell want too much money? Or did they just want an excuse to rail off on another resolution-less tangent a la lost?

Do they really have a Satisfactory resolution in store for Desmond? I sure hope so. I don't usually let myself get emotionally invested into TV Shows or video games, and I feel that I have been taken for a ride here and agree 100% with the Author.
Posted 4:08am on Tue 26 June 2012
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Never have to apologize to me for loving LOST lol.

I know enough about AC that it follows the world ending in 2012 storyline, but I cant see them ending it entirely. The ideas on this forum alone about Victorian England and Feudal Japan warrant a game and honestly they can put an assassin in either of those for whatever story and id be in. Desmond isnt what makes people buy the AC games its the assassinating through time so keep that going and the series will go on.

Just though of this but seems like this is happening with the Vita game or else Desmond is taking place in the female assassins story too.

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There is no animus stuff in Liberation, or so I've heard. There isn't a character reliving her memories.

@Sleeper_6: Lucy was a double double agent (not sure if I got that right haha). She was working for the assassin's to spy on the Templars but really all along she was sided with the Templars. I didn't suspect this either until I played The Lost Archive dlc for Revelations where it's fully revealed. If you look back on the other games though it's hinted (for example: subject 16's message to Desmond after finding all the glyphs in Brotherhood).
Posted 4:25pm on Tue 26 June 2012
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"I'm also the only journalist I know who can type the name 'Ezio Auditore de Firenze' without having to look up the spelling for his name on Google"

You misspelled Ezio Auditore Da Firenze.
Posted 4:39pm on Tue 26 June 2012
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"I'm also the only journalist I know who can type the name 'Ezio Auditore de Firenze' without having to look up the spelling for his name on Google"

You misspelled Ezio Auditore Da Firenze.

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