Over the last week there have been numerous hints about the location of the next Assassin’s Creed game from a variety of sources. Since it’s the time of year when hints of this nature typically come out (AC4’s pirate theme was outed in March 2013), it’s no real surprise that this is happening.

So let’s look at the evidence gathered so far.

IGN has reported that Jade Raymond, one of Ubisoft Toronto’s top people said that the next AC game won’t take place in feudal Japan, but that it would take place in her “favourite historical era”. She didn’t elaborate further, however.

Assassin’s Creed Initiates, the Ubisoft-founded, community-oriented online place “for all things Assassin’s Creed” recently tweeted cryptic information last week that gave legs to the rumour that AC5 could be set in Russia. The two tweets read thusly:

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which, when decoded, say North (GPS co-ordinate) and East (GPS co-ordinate). Decoding the first string of characters simply requires conversion from Hex to text, the second string is clearly a GPS co-ordinate.

A bunch of users over at the NeoGAF forums seem to think those two GPS points indicate somewhere in Russia. Et voila, that’s how the current theory of where AC5 will be set came into being.

It’s not just Russia in the running for possible setting for AC5: a possibly-fake press release that mentioned the Industrial Revolution and Victorian-era London as a possible setting was also spotted on Tumblr by quick-witted internet denizens. The press release was quickly taken down, but not before it was posted verbatim on Tumblr.

Other interesting rumours include the possibility of Ubisoft releasing two AC-themed games this year, one for the PS4 and Xbox One, and another for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, as hinted at by Ubisoft Sofia producer Momchil Valentinov Gindyanov in an interview with Examiner.com in December 2013.

So which of the two possible settings would you like to play most? London or somewhere in Russia? Personally, I’d love to play a Russian badass and explore some of that country’s history from the perspective of an assassin. London is a nice second choice, of course, but hasn’t that Victorian theme been overdone just a little? I’d like to see something completely new, myself.

Lastly, a question: would you like to see an assassin-themed game without Ubisoft’s Animus back-story, where all it is, is an historic simulation full of stabbing and intrigue without all that modern-day techno-jazz confusing things? I know I would.

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.