View Full Version : Multiverse Theory, Parallel Dimensions - or how we learned to expect the AC reboot

01-01-2016, 06:14 PM
(Note: contains SPOILERS from several games)

The AC universe is no stranger to the concept of the multiverse theory. The belief is that our universe is not the only one, and that many universes exist parallel to each other. For every action and event, there could be any number of possible outcomes - each spawning a differing version of reality. This is an attribute of the popular Chaos Theory as well, whereby it was proposed that small changes in the initial conditions of a physical system, will produce major long term changes in the behavior of the system.

The most obvious example of the multiverse within the AC franchise is the Tyranny of King Washington DLC. In this story we see a different reality presented to us by an Apple of Eden, where Connor never became an Assassin and George Washington became corrupted by power.


It was by no means the first example though. The First Civilization (or Isu) were known to have technology that allowed them to see into future possibilities. Minerva used The Eye to probe for 'calculations' within the Nexus to try and find a method to allow them to survive their impending destruction from a coronal mass ejection of the Sun. Desmond himself made reference to the many versions of himself that may exist in the audio tapes of Black Flag, even remarking that in one reality he likely had a son (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaBj3-Xdw5M&feature=youtu.be&t=363). (Something that was largely hinted at within Syndicate too)


So why is all of this relevant? Well, several franchises have used the concept of parallel universes to reboot their IP. A notable example would be the recent Star Trek movies. It cannot have escaped the attention of most fans that the post Desmond era of the AC games have not been widely well received from a narrative standpoint, especially with the way that the Modern Day story was very much put to the tertiary.

The upcoming 2016 movie has made a point of showing that the Modern Day portion is relevant, and in the character of Callum Lynch we could yet see a reboot idea surrounding this character. For the game universe though, we already know that the writers are holding discussions about the possibility that the AC3 ending occurred in another reality.

"Originally there were some discussions about AC3 being in a parallel universe, where it just seems that its in our universe and then it ends turning out that its in a different universe. My point is just that you think that you've entered some dead end, and often times when you think that you've entered a dead end, thats the best place to be at for writers - because then you create some incredibly inventive, highly energetic solution to that problem and it re-energises something."

- Jeffrey Yohalem, Syndicate / Brotherhood writer, Nov 2015. [source (https://youtu.be/ZBIkGNJMkaU?t=6029)]

What does this all mean then? Is the intention to be that Desmond will survive? Will we perhaps see the post apocalyptic Earth with Desmond as the Jesus figure we saw a vision of? The possibilities are endless, but it seems clear that the events at the end of AC3 have had long term ramifications to the franchise, and the writers are obviously considering their options of how to stretch out the series for the long term.

In a narrative sense, this would be viewed by many as an easy option. "It was all just a dream" is a trope that has been seen so many times in popular movies and tv shows. With Isu technology, it could very much become a reality within the existing AC universe though. If we assume that Juno gains a new body, which is practically a given at this point, could she then have access to technology to change reality to her favour? She has made a point of stating that she wants to rebuild her world. What if she had the power to jump to a reality where the First Civilization prospered, perhaps one where the humans lost the war and remain enslaved?

Ironically AC1 left the possibility of this kind of open reboot concept ever since the first game. In an e-mail from Alan Rikkin to Vidic it is revealed that Abstergo have a time manipulation device in their possession. Being in their networks, it is likely that Juno knows of both its existence and location;

Philadelphia Project - Data provided from Animus Subject Twelve indicates that the ship briefly manifested in a future state for approximately 18 minutes. It is unclear whether the timeline is consistent with or parallel to our own. Although we have recovered enough data to reconstruct and repair the original artifact used in the experiment, Administration has refused to move forward on the project, citing paradox concerns. Corporate policy remains in place: any objects found to interfere with or manipulate time must be contained. Artifact will be moved to secure storage.

The concepts of the multiverse have already been explored, and the tools for how we can switch to another reality have been established. If Ubisoft are intent on doing a reboot, or somehow want to bring Desmond back, or to completely remove the events of AC3 from the timeline - this will be how it happens, in my view.

01-01-2016, 06:23 PM
The most obvious example of the multiverse within the AC franchise is the Tyranny of King Washington DLC.

It's the only example, and it's not really a multiverse thing. The Apple is leaking a vision of what could/would have happened. Everyone involved backs out of it, and it doesn't happen.

The First Civ had tech that could simulate the future down to the exact words a person would say, thus allowing a two-way conversation of sorts, but they were unable to find a way to actually escape that future.

There's no multiverse or alternative reality in AC, only this one. Any tension the series has needs to be based on the idea that this is the only existence, and that it is fragile and endangered. You can't start introducing an idea this wobbly and this large without the players thinking, "And the First Civ didn't know about this or mention this... why?".

01-01-2016, 08:29 PM
they can reboot this franchise all they want, while they don't give the MD the proper treatment it deserves*, it will fail every time, no alternative reality will change that..

*not necessarily by giving it tons of screen time, 3 hours of screen time won't make it better if they don't stop seeing the MD as a mean to an end and start treating it with the same care they handle the historical portion of the game.

01-02-2016, 06:49 AM
Parallel Universes as a concept has never really worked in a historical context...all that For Want of a Nail stuff. I think Tyranny DLC where it presents it as a dream and vision is a much better approach.