The Assassin’s Creed games take place during important historical eras in civilizations around the world, from Ancient Greece to Revolutionary Russia. While the Assassin’s Creed franchise is not entirely historically accurate, the games immerse players in incredibly detailed reenactments of historical cities. Assassin’s Creed also introduces players to many of the famous artists, politicians, generals, and other famous historical figures of the time.

Throughout the centuries, a secret Assassin Brotherhood fights to promote freedom and individuality, while the Templar Order wants to restrain free will and impose their rule on all civilization. The Assassin’s Creed games focus on individual Assassins in their struggles to defeat the Templars.


In addition to twelve “main” releases for PC and consoles, the Assassin’s Creed series also features many spin-off games for handhelds and mobile devices. Here is every historical setting Assassin’s Creed has tackled so far, including the spin-offs.

Assassin’s Creed Setting – The Holy Land

The first Assassin’s Creed game takes place during the Third Crusade in the Holy Land (modern-day Israel, Palestine, and Syria). The story revolves around Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, an Assassin fighting against the Templar Order in the year 1191.

Assassin’s Creed: Altaïr’s Chronicles Setting – The Holy Land

Altaïr’s Chronicles is a mobile game released as a prequel for Assassin’s Creed that also takes place in the Holy Land during the Third Crusade, and as the name suggests, it also follows Altaïr as the main protagonist.

Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines Setting – Cyprus

Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines is a PSP-exclusive game that takes place shortly after the events of the first game. It follows Altaïr again as he travels to Cyprus to learn more about the Templars’ intentions.

Assassin’s Creed 2 Setting – Italy

Assassin’s Creed II is set in Renaissance Italy during the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The game features the first appearance of Ezio Euditore da Firenze, an Assassin on a quest for vengeance against the Templars responsible for betraying his family.

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Assassin’s Creed 2: Discovery Setting – Italy

Discovery is an iOS and Nintendo DS game that takes place within Assassin’s Creed II, after the Battle of Forli DLC and right before the Bonfire of the Vanities DLC. Discovery is about Ezio’s quest to free his fellow Assassins from the Spanish Inquisition.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Setting – Italy

Brotherhood is a direct sequel to Assassin’s Creed II and takes place immediately after the events of that game. Brotherhood follows Ezio on his quest to destroy the Borgia family, members of the Templar Order.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Settings – Syria & Constantinople

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations has two stories revolving around previous series protagonists Altaïr and Ezio. Altaïr’s story takes place in 12th and 13th-century Masyaf (Syria), and Ezio’s story is set in 16th century Constantinople.

Assassin’s Creed 3 Setting – America

Assassin’s Creed III takes place just before, during, and after the American Revolution, from 1754-1783. The game is set in Boston, New York, and the American frontier, and follows two different protagonists: Englishman Haytham Kenway, and then his half-Mohawk son Ratonhnhaké:ton.

Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation Setting – America

Liberation is set in New Orleans towards the end of the French and Indian War, from 1765-1777. The game focuses on African-French Assassin Aveline de Grandpré, the Assassin’s Creed series’ first female protagonist, and her fight against the Templars who are trying to gain control of the city.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Setting – Caribbean Ocean

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag follows notorious Welsh pirate Edward Kenway during the Golden Age of Piracy in the 18th century Caribbean. In addition to stopping a Templar plot to use a First Civilization device to spy on world leaders, Assassin’s Creed 4 also has Edward help a group of pirates establish their utopian Republic of Pirates, free from either British or Spanish rule.

Assassin’s Creed: Pirates Setting – Caribbean Ocean

Pirates is a mobile game in the same setting as Black Flag, but the protagonist is Captain Alonzo Batilla, who is neither an Assassin nor a Templar, but must do battle with both on the high seas.

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Assassin’s Creed Rogue Setting – North Atlantic Sea

Assassin’s Creed Rogue is set in the mid-18th century during the Seven Year’s War, and mostly takes place in the North Atlantic around New York, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland.

The game follows Shay Patrick Cormac, an Assassin-turned-Templar who is hunting down former members of the Brotherhood who betrayed him.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Setting – France

Assassin’s Creed Unity takes place during the French Revolution in Paris from 1789-1794. Protagonist Arno Victor Dorian is attempting to expose the Templars as the true power behind the Revolution.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is a 2.5D side-scrolling platformer taking place in China in the year 1526. The game focuses on female protagonist Shao Jun, who was trained by Ezio, and her fight against the Templar group Eight Tigers.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Setting – England

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is set in Victorian-era London and follows twin Assassins Jacob and Evie Frye. The Fryes attempt to take over organized crime in London and gather an army to free the city from the Templars.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India is another side-scrolling platform game, but this one takes place in India in 1841. The game is centered around Arbaaz Mir and the war between the Sikh Empire and the East India Company.

Assassin’s Creed Identity Setting – Italy

Assassin’s Creed Identity is a mobile game set during the Italian Renaissance that allows players to create custom Assassins with different classes.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia

The Russian chapter of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles takes place in 1918, just after the October Revolution. Assassin Nikolai Orelov needs to infiltrate the house where the Tsar’s family is being held to steal an important artifact.

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Assassin’s Creed Origins Setting – Egypt

Assassin’s Creed Origins is set in Ancient Egypt near the end of the Ptolemaic period, from 49-43 BC, and features Cleopatra and Julius Ceaser. The game follows a Medjay named Bayek of Siwa who is taking revenge on the Templars for the death of his son.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Setting – Greece

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes place in Ancient Greece from 431-422 BC during the Peloponnesian War. The protagonist is either a male (Alexios) or female (Kassandra) Spartan mercenary who fights on both sides of the war as they try to find their family.

Assassin’s Creed Rebellion Setting – Spain

Assassin’s Creed Rebellion is a mobile strategy game set during the Spanish Inquisition. It features Assassins from previous games like Ezio, Shao Jun, and Machiavelli.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Setting – Britain

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla takes place during the Viking invasion of Britain around 873 AD. The game follows Eivor, a Viking raider who becomes embroiled in politics as the Norsemen and Anglo-Saxons attempt to work together to rule the country.

Assassin’s Creed fans are dying to know which historical setting the game will tackle next. With many fascinating cultures and time-periods to choose from, the next Assassin’s Creed game is sure to educate as well as entertain.

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