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Assassin's Creed: Brahman Comic Book to Tease 'Future Storylines'
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Ubisoft has announced Assassin's Creed: Brahman, a new graphic novel that's slated to release this autumn. It features a new assassin named Arbaaz Mir in 19th century India gripped by the rule of British colonists.

Written by DC's Wednesday Comics scribe Brenden Fletcher with art by Cameron Stewart (Batman & Robin, Seaguy and Catwoman) and Karl Kerschl (Superman and the Flash), Assassin's Creed: Brahman sees Arbaaz fighting a lifelong enemy who has subjugated his land and people, amid golden palaces and cursed treasure chambers.

Excitingly, Assassin's Creed: Brahman will apparently "dive into the rich lore of the Assassin's Creed universe, unveiling new information and teasing future storylines." Does this mean that we can expect to visit 19th century India in a future Assassin's Creed game? You can check out a snippet of Assassin's Creed: Brahman here.


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Comment #1 by Deviss516
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 07:45:54 AM
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I think I would welcome this change of location for the fifth game.

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Comment #2 by ClabJagger
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 07:48:16 AM
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Aladdin and Jasmine?

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Comment #3 by Malakarn
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 07:55:43 AM
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Looks very prince of Persia.

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Comment #4 by Deviss516
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 07:56:46 AM
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Climbing the Taj Mahal as an Assassins Tomb or such would be great

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Comment #5 by DJWonderbraDJ
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 07:59:32 AM
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@2 Yes, they are the only two people in India.

(Even though Aladdin is set in the Arabian Peninsula.)

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Comment #6 by XxStuartxX 1990
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 08:05:18 AM
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Why you stop rapping?

OT: Assassins Creed needs to improve, III was one of my worst experiences in my gaming life, I had to restart pretty much every mission due to NPC lagging in and out, the free running was awful I didn't feel in control it was too automatic, needless to say I won't be touching the AC franchise again until some serious work is done.

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Comment #7 by maniacpoodle
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 08:16:42 AM
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Though I greet the change in setting with open arms, and it looks really cool, I'd really like for Ubisoft to explore an ancient Egypt setting. If I remember correctly that was one of the "options" fans could vote for or something like like that prior to the release of AC III. I'm just such a sucker for mummies and old tombs and hieroglyphs and stuff like that, and with all the conflict going on in that place and time I think there is room for a great storyline.
As long as they stay the hell away from feudal Japan I'm good. We've seen enough ninjas in gaming already.

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Comment #8 by DJWonderbraDJ
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 08:20:44 AM
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@6 I got told off for rapping. Apparently its frowned upon? Im as upset as you.

ot: I agree with you Stuart. 3 was a nose dive for the series, completely lost interest when I was skinning rabbits. This new one doesn't look great either. I hate to say it but i think the franchise is beyond repair. Less is more? Look at GTA.

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Comment #9 by Balloonhead
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 08:33:54 AM
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I'm slowly losing hope for my favorite series.

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Comment #10 by DeadlySinz86
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 08:37:21 AM
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I don't understand why all the hate tbh, the concept art for the new character looked great, bit Price of Persia, but enough to make you realise that it is indeed Assassin's Creed. I'd love to see the Assassin's Creed franchise step into the future personally, do away with the Animus and maybe step back in time via some other means to stop the creation and misuse of the Amimus by Abstergo, or something to that effect. The franchise is governed by the events of the past, but in the future anything's possible.

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Comment #11 by UberPirateNinja
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 08:58:09 AM
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I can't be the only one that misunderstood the headline, and thought they were taking the series into the future.

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Comment #12 by SeraphTC
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 09:14:45 AM
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@2 I agree.

I can see the PoP in these designs also.

Yes, I'm aware that Aladdin was set in Arabia rather than India, but Prince of Persia wasn't set in India either....

The designs are a little too disney for my liking. I fully expect the book to involve some kind of 'Magic Lamp' that is actually an artefact from Eden.

It might work as a comic book, but I'm not convinced it would work as a setting for the game.

I'll pick up the book later in the year and find out.

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Comment #13 by I X I Shock I
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 09:25:37 AM
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Why not? I think India would be a nice change of scenery, and would work excellently with the AC story, if used in the right time frame.

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Comment #14 by Roose91
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 09:38:37 AM
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"Brahman sees Arbaaz fighting a lifelong enemy who has subjugated his land and people"

Honestly getting so sick of this British rape of culture bullshit now. I know Ubisoft are French but they must have a serious chip on their shoulder...

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Comment #15 by Leviathan v2
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 09:56:28 AM
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Cool, I love altair and ezio's story. This could be interesting, if they make a game starring this guy, he'd better be charming like ezio. I know i'm not the only one who found connor boring

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Comment #16 by DJWonderbraDJ
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 10:00:05 AM
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@14 Its called historical accuracy. The empire happened and was the largest the world has ever seen. The methods of colonisations used by the municipal powers happened, like it or not.

If you don't like it play The saboteur. Lovely bit of German occupation in France there.

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Comment #17 by Kite87
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 10:11:20 AM
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I know it's only a small thing, but that 3 way hidden blade looks dumb and unnecessary I hope that doesn't make it's way in to the games.

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Comment #18 by SeraphTC
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 10:17:35 AM
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@12 Honestly, because a similar setting/visual style was already used by Ubi in PoP, and the comparisons are inevitable. It would just be a bit too similar in my opinion.

Not saying that there is absolutely no way they could make it work, but given their recent lacklustre efforts with the franchise I don't think they have the skills or the talent pool to accomplish it.

@14 Sorry, but that's kind of the way it happened. We planted flags all over the place, and had a tremendous effect on the origins of the modern world. Some of it good, much of it not.

Plus, lets face it, as the movie industry has proven time and time again, we make the best bad guys ;P

On the other hand, I do wonder when Ubi are going to remember that the Templars were originally quite French......

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Comment #19 by SeraphTC
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 10:19:03 AM
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@17 agreed - it's OTT. It's not going to kill anyone any quicker, and the design would almost certainly be weaker. On the other hand, it would allow the assassin to open 3x times as many letters at once......

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Comment #20 by Roose91
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 10:19:23 AM
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@16 How does being the largest Empire the world has ever seen have anything to do with historical accuracy in this sense or the way British Colonialism has become so synonymous with injustice and evil.

Anyone who says that British Colonialism was not a factor for good across what is now the Commonwealth is either severely deluded or a mental midget.

Believe me now, I'm one person that you don't want to come the "historical accuracy" card with.

If you want instances of legitimately evil colonial expansion, you may want to read up on the Belgian and German colonies and how they really do little other than shoot (and as was the case in the Belgian Congo-indulge in mass dismemberment) the indigenous population and rape all of the natural resources.

Also of note would of course be the American expansion, murder and exploitation of the Native Americans following the War of Independence, noting that under British rule, going West into Indian territory was in fact forbidden. However as per the agenda, Assassin's Creed III makes the "Patriots" out to be the undisputed "goodies".

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Comment #21 by Roose91
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 10:27:20 AM
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@18 Ok, so what alleged crimes, or long lasting damage have we done the world through British Colonialism, besides of course slavery which whilst I am certainly not condoning, was being committed at least a millennium before we reached Africa and is still being committed there now? We are guilty of nothing that anybody else hasn't done as well, more often than not a lot more harshly, but we are perpetually the whipping boys for it all.

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Comment #22 by SeraphTC
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 10:32:24 AM
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I think if you're looking for that kind of accuracy you're probably playing the wrong games.

The series is science fiction with some events based in fact. The wild inaccuracies began in the first game and have been present in each and every title.

They haven't claimed at any point that each game will give you a history lesson....

Remember that in the games you are reliving a persons memories. Memories are rarely clear cut, as the emphasis one person places on their recollection of a particular event will be skewed by their own perspective and beliefs - potentially altering the memory completely. Therefore, with the exception of information that could be corroborated in the games 'present', anything and everything experienced in the animus is subject to multiple levels of interpretation.

With regards to the "Patriots" being the undisputed "goodies" I think you should pay more attention during the game to Shaun Hastings comments and emails for a slightly more British take on events as described in the AC universe.

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Comment #23 by DJWonderbraDJ
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 10:34:46 AM
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I think you misunderstand the point. the larger the land mass , the higher the populous of colonisation. You can take individual cases like the Spanish treatment of the south American and west Indies but thats not the point you are making. Im also not talking about the inital treament when colonised , im talking about the social and cultural effect during and after imperial rule, you know the whole point in the story?

You're issue was with the French interpretation of the mistreatment and bastardisation of culture (in this case) India. I stated that the British empires vast stretch allowed for more people to be effected by their colonisation then anything else. Arguing that our empire was more good than bad is a huge sweeping statement and one im not willing to build on. But for summary purpose yuo could state the industrial revolution was one of the greatest things to come out of Britain yet was built on the fundamental industrialisation from slaves.

I think you have a bit of tunnel vision. Indian history post colonisations is a desolation of culture and economy, the country still suffers wrap that up with the time period this is set up and yes the guy is probably going to be pissed off with someone of a British nationality. Maybe you can write to Ubisoft and ask them to create a game around the same time period around inner China as the British avoided the area to integrate trade routes instead of forcefully changing the face of China, stay out of hong kong though; saying that DLC? Not sure what you would do though? Opium trade?

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Comment #24 by SeraphTC
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 10:43:46 AM
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Without going into specifics (because I simply don't have time), and therfore sticking to general terms:

The fact that we weren't the first to commit a given form of abuse or offense does not excuse the fact that we may have done it. A crime is not lessened purely because another party had committed the same act first.

That's blatantly ridiculous.

Putting the realities aside, please see my other comment - #22 - This is a Science Fiction game presenting an alternate human history with events loosely based in historical fact.

I didn't take from ACIII that the 'Patriots' were good guys at all - quite simply that both they and the British were pawns of the Templars. Don't forget that the Templars were playing both sides. Conor actively denies being a 'Patriot' during the game in a number of places - any acts he commits that benefit them are simply as a result of them aligning with his own goals at that time.

Some of Shaun Hastings comments towards Washington and the Patriots provide a quite different perspective on events.

Don't take it so seriously. It's a game. As I've said before, it's not presenting (nor do they claim it represents) an accurate historical portrayal. It's an alternate human history rooted purely in science fiction.

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Comment #25 by Roose91
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 10:52:36 AM
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@22 But if they are basing it on real events then I don't believe that they should bend history in the way they do and always portray the same people in the same negative light.
It's not intrinsic to British people in games-the Russians could argue exactly the same at this point in FPS history (although to the contrary, those games are generally not based on any historical fact), but in this age where the vast majority of people are either incredibly uninformed or just plain stupid and believe anything they are told, it is utterly wrong to be corrupting history to victimise us in such a popular form of media.

@23 Yes, sure, of course I understand the concept of larger landmass-larger amount of people affected, but as I said in post 21, what ills have we committed? It's just the cool thing to feel guilty and shuffle your feet and look at the ground about British Colonialism now. India is potentially going to be the most powerful military and economic country on earth in less than 50 years and I very much doubt that they'd be in the same position had it not been for British Colonialism. Iraq and Rhodesia were absolute, undeniable success stories of British colonialism until power mad lunatics from the ranks of their own NATIVE people took control and plunged them once more into the depths of depravity and oppression.

People go on about things like the Indian Mutiny and say what bastards we were, but these things all have a context and as I have said previously most of this places would not be half as advanced without British influence.

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Comment #26 by Roose91
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 10:56:14 AM
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@24 Now you're missing the point-slavery seems to have become synonymous with the British Empire and as a result the BRitish Empire has become synonymous with evil. TV comedies make fun of Roman and Eqyptian slavery-what's the difference?

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Comment #27 by SeraphTC
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 11:17:25 AM
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I *strongly* disagree. That's the whole point of 'alternative history'. There's a whole genre of books and movies that have existed for a very long time which do similar things - art in any form (and games are indeed art) should not be limited and constrained by factual events.

Limiting creative freedom purely because the world is full of masses of idiots is also blatantly ridiculous.

Nobody is claiming that the content of these games is accurate, and nobody is burning their history books or rewriting events based on them. Games/Movies/Novels are art and entertainment. It is not the job of a fiction author, game development studio or movie director to educate his/her audience. There are other institutions designed to fulfil that very function.

"India is potentially going to be the most powerful military and economic country on earth in less than 50 years and I very much doubt that they'd be in the same position had it not been for British Colonialism"

You're absolutely right. But your missing the point. Do you really think those immediately negatively affected by our large impact on local Indian culture would have said 'well, it imposes on my way of life and from my perspective, damages my culture right now, but as it'll mostly benefit the upper class of my country at some unspecified point a few hundred years in the future, fill yer boots!'?

We colonised for our own benefit, not that of the locals. Mutual benefit was a bonus.

With regards to slavery, I wasn't missing the point at all. I don't agree that the British Empire has become synonymous with slavery any more than I do the Roman Empire or Ancient Egypt - but that doesn't excuse the fact that it happened.

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Comment #28 by HorsemanOfWar16
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 11:25:08 AM
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