Assassin's Creed games in order: By release date and timeline (2023)

ASSASSIN'S Creed is one of the world's best-known game franchises – with 12 core entries since 2007.

The games are typically large open-world action adventures following an overarching story of assassins loosely inspired by history.

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Timelines within the franchise date back from Ancient Greece through to the 21st century – depicting a fictional struggle between the Assassins and the Templars.

Any gamer looking to play through the entire collection has two ways to go about it.

They could play the games in order of their release, or for a truly immersive experience, by following the franchise in timeline order.

We've put together a guide to completing the series one way or the other below.

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Assassin's Creed franchise release order

Here are the Assassin's Creed games in release order, alongside their launch dates.

To make things concise, we've not included mobile games or any cross-platform spin-off titles.

Assassin’s Creed – 2007

Platforms: Android, Windows, Xbox 360, PS3

The first game in the series, Assassin’s Creed was set during the Third Crusade in the Holy Land in 1191.

You control Altaïr, who is part of the Hashshashin, a group of Assassins who carried out political hits that operated between the 11th and 13th centuries.

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The game has an expansive open world in which the Holy Land is recreated with the cities of Damascus, Acre, Jerusalem and Masyaf all featuring.

SPOILER ALERT - although it's revealed very early on in the game - the character you play is actually Desmond Miles, a man in the modern day who is using the Animus machine to access and relive ancestral memories.

Assassin’s Creed II – 2009

Platforms: Android, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, OS X, Nintendo Switch

For the second entry to the series, Assassin’s Creed moved to 15th century Renaissance Italy – introducing iconic Florentine assassin Ezio Auditore de Firenze.

New gameplay elements such as the ability to swim were added, as well as the use of more complex combat manoeuvres, like disarming enemies while unarmed.

Money and investing wisely also became an important element of the game, with the added ability to purchase weapons and invest in properties to renovate the town and generate income.

It featured the Italian cities of Venice, Florence, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Forlì in a continuation of the open world game play the series has become known for.

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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – 2010

Platforms: Android, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, OS X, Nintendo Switch

Brotherhood was part of the Ezio trilogy, landing as a sequel to AC2.

Players once again took control of Ezio, this time in Rome, with the master assassin looking to free the city from the control of the Borgias family.

It added a management system which allows you to recruit people into the Brotherhood through destroying papal troop-controlled Borgia towers and rescuing local citizens.

The game also offered a multiplayer mode for the first time.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – 2011

Platforms: Android, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch

Revelations was the third and final part of the Ezio trilogy.

The narrative is set in 1511–1512, and you play an older Ezio, Altaïr as well as Desmond in the modern day as he seeks to stop the apocalypse in 2012.

Players take control of Ezio for most of the game and can explore its recreation of Constantinople and its various side missions.

Assassin’s Creed III – 2012

Platforms: Android, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia

Assassin’s Creed III moved players on to more recent history: the American Revolution in the late 1700s.

In the first part of the story you play as Haytham Kenway, the Colonial Templars' leader.

From then on, you play as his son Ratonhnhaké:ton, also known as Connor, Desmond's half-Mowhawk, half-English ancestor, as he tackles the Templars' attempts to take the colonies.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – 2013

Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia

Black Flag transported players to the West Indies, during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early 18th century.

The main playable character is Welshman Edward Kenway, father of Haytham Kenway from ACII.

Black Flag sees you searching for treasure, and seeking to locate mysterious location which both the Templars and Assassins are searching for called the Observatory.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue – 2014

Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia

For Assassin’s Creed Rogue, players were dropped into the French and Indian War in the mid-18th century.

This time you're Irish American Shay Patrick Cormac who's a former Assassin who has joined the Templars and is hunting down former Brotherhood members.

The main areas of the game are the North Atlantic, New York City and River Valley, which is fictional but took inspiration from the Hudson Valley.

Assassin’s Creed Unity – 2014

Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia

Unity was set in Paris during the French Revolution, Dewey 1789 and 1794.

As Arno Dorian, you seek to reveal the figures behind the Revolution and seek vengeance for the murder of his adoptive father.

The open world features seven major French districts: Les Invalides, Ventre de Paris, La Bièvre, Le Louvre, Île de la Cité, Quartier Latin and Le Marais.

It also includes the historic city of Versailles.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – 2015

Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia

Syndicate marked the main Assassin’s Creed franchise’s visit to London – specifically, during in 1868 during the Second Industrial Revolution.

You play as twins Evie and Jacob Frye.

Evie is the main series' first playable female character.

The siblings were raised to be Assassins and aim to take back London from the control of the Templars by bringing together London's criminal elements.

Assassin’s Creed Origins – 2017

Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia

Origins took players back to ancient times, during the Ptolemaic period in Egypt between 49 BC and 43 BC.

You play as Bayek of Siwa, in a narrative that features The Hidden Ones, predecessors of the Brotherhood and their conflict with The Order of the Ancients who are precursors of the Templars.

The game also features Layla Hassan, a new character whose sequences take place in the 21st century.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 2018

Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia

Odyssey is set during the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens between 431 BC and 422 BC.

The game tells a mythical history of the war between the two Ancient Greek states.

We play as a Spartan mercenary fighting on both sides, who's looking to defeat the Cult of Kosmos and locate his family.

Layla Hassan also features, having been introduced in the previous game.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – 2020

Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Google Stadia

Valhalla is currently the latest entry to the main Assassin’s Creed series.

Set in England between 872 and 878, it follows a fictional story of Viking invasions and expansions across the British Isles.

You control Eivor Varinsdottir, a Viking who becomes involved in the age-old conflict between the Brotherhood and the Order.

Hassan returns once again for the modern-day sections of the story.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage – TBH

Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, and Amazon Luna

Assassin’s Creed Mirage casts Basim Ibn Ishaq in the city of Baghdad, Iraq.

Mirage is set 20 years beforeValhalla - between 850 and 860 AD.

According to IGN: "Mirage is described as a more linear game with a heavy focus on story. Like the original games, there will be stretches of linear mission chains, and then segments where you will be able to choose from a number of different available quests."

Although an exact release date has yet to be revealed,Ubisoft appears to be targetinga spring 2023 window.

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Assassin's Creed games timeline order

You can also play the games in order of when they were set.

A lot of the games jump around across time, so we've taken the earliest date that the campaign takes place in.

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey (431 - 404 BC)
  • Assassin's Creed Origins (49-43 BC)
  • Assassin’s Creed Mirage (850-860 AD)
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla (872-878 AD)
  • Assassin's Creed (1191 AD)
  • Assassin's Creed II (1476-1499 AD)
  • Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (1499-1507 AD)
  • Assassin's Creed Revelations (1511-1512 AD)
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (1715-1722 AD)
  • Assassin's Creed: Rogue (1752 - 1776 AD)
  • Assassin’s Creed III (1754 - 1783 AD)
  • Assassin's Creed Unity (1776-1800 AD)
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate (1868 AD)

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What is Assassin's Creed Infinity?

In 2021, Assassin's Creed developers Ubisoft revealed that they are working on an online-only version of Assassin's Creed.

Called Assassin's Creed Infinity, their new title is expected to feature multiple settings that evolve over time, much like the sprawling maps of multiplayer games like Fortnite.

Previous Assassin’s Creed games each unfolded in specific historical settings such as ancient Greece or Ptolemaic Egypt.

“So [Infinity] will not start out as a game,” the project’s leader, Marc-Alexis Côté told IGN.

“The version of Infinity that we launch will not be the final version of Infinity. It's something that will evolve through time as our experiences grow and we can connect them more together.

"So I think it opens up a world of possibilities as to what we can do that go far beyond being just a launcher for our different games.”

“I think this Infinity approach is allowing us to have different experiences of different sizes as well,” he added.

“Not everything has to be a 150 hour RPG, right? To bring more diversity to the places we choose to visit and to how we choose to represent those periods.”

Although the game's release date is unclear, Côté told the outlet:

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“What I'm very excited about with Infinity is not just our big games, but this idea that we don't replace the games with another game, you [don’t just] supplant your new RPG.

“I think these games can live for a longer period of time and we're architecturing them differently than in the past. If you look at a game like Valhalla, most of its expansions were kind of around the game," Côté explained.

"Now one of the things that we're thinking about is how can we grow this experience, this world, more like an MMO? Think of it as a single player MMO [rather] than what we've done in the past.”

FAQs

What order did the Assassins Creed games come out? ›

Assassin's Creed 1: Desmond (2009) Assassin's Creed 2: Aquilus (2010) Assassin's Creed 3: Accipiter (2011) Assassin's Creed 4: Hawk (2012)

How many Assassins Creed games are there in order? ›

How many Assassin's Creed games are there? Since 2007, Ubisoft has released a total of 12 Assassin's Creed titles for fans to enjoy. They recently celebrated their 15-year anniversary and more titles are about to arrive in the future.

Can I play Assassin's Creed in chronological order? ›

Assassin's Creed takes place both in the past and in the present, which means there is also an element of present-day story building in most Assassin's Creed games. You can play the games in the present day's chronological order by playing them in order of release.

Should I play odyssey or origins first? ›

Play Origins first. Odyssey has dialogue options and improved combat and it would take you forever to finish it if you decide to do everything. depends on how many hours of gaming you can put, both are huge games but Odyssey is bigger.

Who was the first assassin? ›

Adam and Eve led the humans in a fight for free will and liberty from oppression, for which they would later be considered by some as the first proto-Assassins. Adam and Eve's Apple would later be passed on to their son Abel. Abel would in turn by killed by his jealous brother Cain, who took the Apple for himself.

Which Assassins Creed has the best story? ›

The original Assassin's Creed games had the best stories because they focused on central characters like Desmond Miles and Altaïr Ibn-LaʼAhad. In this case, it's hard to beat the original.

How is Kassandra in Valhalla? ›

She became immortal using the Staff of Hermes, an extremely powerful Piece of Eden given by her father, Pythagoras, in AC Odyssey. Created by the Isu Hermes Trismegistus, the legendary Staff of Hermes grants its wielder with biological immortality.

What Assassins Creed should I start with? ›

But if you really just want to play a good game, start from Assassin's Creed 2. It's the best one and should not be skipped at all. Actually, it's a trilogy: AC 2, AC Brotherhood, and AC Revelations. They're about Ezio and trust me, his story is the best.

Which Assassins Creed takes place first? ›

Odyssey is the earliest entry in the Assassin's Creed timeline by several centuries. It predates the Assassin Brotherhood by some time, and connects to the rest of the series by exploring how First Civilization artifacts were used in the ancient world in and around Greece.

Is it necessary to play all Assassins Creed games? ›

The same can be said for Assassin's Creed games. You don't need to play Black Flag to play Valhalla. Aside from a few direct sequels in the series (Brotherhood, Revelations), their stories are independent. But if you are curious as to the entire story, we have the perfect guide for you.

What is the longest Assassins Creed game? ›

Finishing the main story of Assassin's Creed Odyssey takes player 42 hours on average. Under a completionist run, however, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is the leader at a whopping length of 132 hours!

What is the newest Assassins Creed? ›

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Do I need to play other Assassins creed before Valhalla? ›

Should You Play Other Assassin's Creed Games Before Valhalla? Assassin's Creed Valhalla is meant to have a stand-alone storyline; new players need not play the previous titles to enjoy the next-gen Valhalla. The new AC: Valhalla will start a fresh new chapter of the story depicting the Vikings.

Is Origins better than Valhalla? ›

After Origins, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey and Valhalla continued the trend. In many ways, these titles improved upon the formula. On the other hand, though, Origins remains the best "new" Assassin's Creed game in a few very important areas.

Is AC Valhalla bigger than Odyssey? ›

It's been previously reported that Assassin's Creed: Odyssey weighed in at a whopping 230 km², but Ubisoft's own developers have confirmed that the most recent addition to the series, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, is even larger.

What's better Valhalla or Odyssey? ›

For the most part, Valhalla is a worthy successor, but it doesn't exactly outclass Odyssey in performance. The two are largely similar, with one topping the other in particular areas. It's up to the gamer to judge which aspect's lower or higher performance impacts them the most.

Who is the weakest assassin? ›

Arno himself has to be the weakest assassin ever in the series and his fighting is awful. He would get massacred by any assassin in the series if he locked horns with them.

Which assassin is the strongest? ›

The original Assassin that spawned the franchise and no doubt one of the greatest and strongest assassins to carry the hidden blade was Altair. Altair shaped the course of history For centuries to come and is one of the few to stand against both the Brotherhood and the Templars.

Which assassin's Creed has the biggest map? ›

In terms of measurements, Assassin's Creed Odyssey has been calculated to be the largest map of the franchise with Valhalla's combined maps of both England and Norway coming in second and Origins' Egypt coming in third place.

What was the last good assassin's Creed game? ›

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla (2021)

If you like Vikings then the newest installment of Assassin's Creed is worth checking out.

Which assassin's Creed 2022 is best? ›

The Best Assassin's Creed Games, Ranked (Updated 2022)
  • Editors choice. Assassin's Creed Odyssey. See On Amazon.
  • Premium pick. Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. See On Amazon.
  • Best value. Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag. See On Amazon.
  • Assassin's Creed III. See On Amazon.
  • Assassin's Creed Origins. See On Amazon.
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Is Assassins Creed Based on a true story? ›

Assassin's Creed is, of course, a fictional game series so all 'historical' events seen in it should be taken with a pinch of salt. However, it is not completely without historical merit and lots of the plots have a basis in truth.

Which Assassins Creed game has the best stealth? ›

Assassin's Creed Unity has the best stealth out of all the Assassin's Creed titles because of its stealth-focused world design, social and environmental stealth, crouch feature, black box missions, and a vast arsenal of stealth-based equipment.

Which AC game has the best parkour? ›

What is this? Assassin's Creed Unity features the best parkour movement mechanics by a mile with its gorgeous animations, an immersive world, and complete play control. The parkour in this game is immersive and difficult to master, making players spend hours jumping around buildings in-game.

Is Kassandra a Templar? ›

Kassandra and Alexios are proto-Assassins in the same way that she is a proto-Templar. This is a bloodline that will (free) run through history, the eternal Batmen to the Templar's Joker, if you will.

Who is older Eivor or Kassandra? ›

Kassandra is one of the newer protagonists to join the franchise, but technically the oldest in terms of history.

Will Alexios be in Valhalla? ›

Also, while Alexios will be playable in Odyssey, only Kassandra will show up in Valhalla, according to Ubisoft. While somewhat surprising, there was some evidence that there would be some sort of crossover coming.

Does it matter which Assassins Creed game you play first? ›

Most people agree that if you would like to play Assassin's Creed in order, Assassin's Creed II should be played first. It is a direct follow-up to the first game that takes place immediately after its modern-day events, all the while making a significant leap to Renaissance-era Italy.

Is black flag the best AC game? ›

Black Flag isn't designed solely to satisfy returning players, but instead to elicit maximum player enjoyment from its rich setting and colorful cast. Black Flag liberates itself from its past, and thus stands as arguably the best Assassin's Creed game yet.

Can you start with any Assassins Creed? ›

Most people would think that the best place to start would be the first Assassin's Creed. Those people would be wrong. Assassin's Creed kicks off the whole story, but it's a different game compared to its sequels.

What year is AC odyssey set in? ›

Setting and characters

The game's historical plot is set in 431–422 BC, four centuries before the events of Assassin's Creed Origins and the creation of the Hidden Ones, the forerunners to the Brotherhood of Assassins.

What country is Assassins Creed set in? ›

Assassin's Creed: Origins skips back 2000 years in history, taking place in Ptolemaic Egypt and eastern Libya. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey turns back time to Ancient Greece, which is the earliest historical period in the series. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla takes place in the Viking Age, mostly in England.

Is Kassandra the first assassin? ›

She is not a member of the organisation that calls itself the Assassins, no. Kassandra predates the Hidden Ones, the precursors of the Assassins, by a couple of centuries. However, one of her descendants, Aya, was the co-founder of the Hidden Ones.

Which assassin creed is free? ›

Assassin's Creed Origins, launched in 2017 is being given away for free to players Amazon Prime Gaming members. All players need to do to get the game is connect their Ubisoft account to their Amazon Prime Gaming account.

Is AC rogue a main game? ›

Yes, Assassin's Creed Rogue is part of the main series and it is a main installment. However, it was released side-by-side with Assassin's Creed Unity, which was the big game.

How long does it take to complete all Assassin's Creed games? ›

Main completion of all Assassin's Creed games: 447.5 hours. Completionist playthroughs of all Assassin's Creed games: 1164.5 hours.

What is the best order to play Assassins Creed? ›

What Is the Correct Chronological Order to Play Assassin's Creed?
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey (431 - 404 BC) ...
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla (872 - 878 AD) ...
  • Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines (1191 AD) ...
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (1715 - 1722 AD) ...
  • Assassin's Creed III (1754 - 1783 AD)
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Which Assassins Creed should I play first? ›

Start from Assassin's Creed 1 I'd say. That way you can learn the basics and know where it all started. But if you really just want to play a good game, start from Assassin's Creed 2. It's the best one and should not be skipped at all.

Does Assassins Creed follow a storyline? ›

Each game continues its modern narrative in some form, though the series featured its most cohesive narrative up until Assassin's Creed 3, with future entries veering a bit off course. If you want the complete story of Assassin's Creed, then you'll want to pick up any of its several comic series.

Which Assassins Creed takes place first? ›

Odyssey is the earliest entry in the Assassin's Creed timeline by several centuries. It predates the Assassin Brotherhood by some time, and connects to the rest of the series by exploring how First Civilization artifacts were used in the ancient world in and around Greece.

Which Assassins Creed has the best story? ›

The original Assassin's Creed games had the best stories because they focused on central characters like Desmond Miles and Altaïr Ibn-LaʼAhad. In this case, it's hard to beat the original.

What is the most popular Assassins Creed? ›

#1 - Assassin's Creed 2 (2009)

Assassin's Creed II introduced Ezio Auditore da Firenze, easily the series' most compelling and iconic protagonist. Bigger, smoother, and more fun than the series' debut title, Assassin's Creed II is often named among the best video games of all time.

Is Ezio and Altair related? ›

IS ALTAIR ANCESTER OF EZIO ? No. They're not related.

Which Assassin's Creed has the biggest map? ›

In terms of measurements, Assassin's Creed Odyssey has been calculated to be the largest map of the franchise with Valhalla's combined maps of both England and Norway coming in second and Origins' Egypt coming in third place.

Which Assassin's Creed is the best 2022? ›

1. Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Assassin's Creed Odyssey, although further into the series release history, manages to be one of the boldest and most expansive Assassin's Creed titles to date.

What is the newest Assassin's Creed? ›

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Are all the Assassin Creed games connected? ›

Assassin's Creed 1, 2, Brotherhood, Revelations and 3 all have Desmond Miles as the present-time main character. Desmond is referenced at AC4, but the present-time character is someone else entirely. Assassin's Creed 2, Brotherhood and Revelations all tell the story of a single character throughout the years.

Is Bayek the first assassin? ›

Bayek and his wife Aya are credited as being the original founders of the Hidden Ones. The Hidden Ones was the initial incarnation of the Assassin Brotherhood, making him the very first assassin of his kind in a very long line.

Is AC rogue a main game? ›

Yes, Assassin's Creed Rogue is part of the main series and it is a main installment. However, it was released side-by-side with Assassin's Creed Unity, which was the big game.

What year is AC odyssey set in? ›

Setting and characters

The game's historical plot is set in 431–422 BC, four centuries before the events of Assassin's Creed Origins and the creation of the Hidden Ones, the forerunners to the Brotherhood of Assassins.

What country is Assassins Creed set in? ›

Assassin's Creed: Origins skips back 2000 years in history, taking place in Ptolemaic Egypt and eastern Libya. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey turns back time to Ancient Greece, which is the earliest historical period in the series. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla takes place in the Viking Age, mostly in England.

How is Kassandra in Valhalla? ›

She became immortal using the Staff of Hermes, an extremely powerful Piece of Eden given by her father, Pythagoras, in AC Odyssey. Created by the Isu Hermes Trismegistus, the legendary Staff of Hermes grants its wielder with biological immortality.

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