"What's wrong with France?"

For quite a while now, fans of Assassin's Creed have been pondering a title set in the East. An oriental excursion always sounded like a neat idea to us, but Ubisoft thinks it may be something that wouldn't hold much appeal.

Speaking to Total Xbox, Assassin's Creed III creative director Alex Hutchinson remarked that a feudal Japanese setting is "a theme that's been well-mined in videogames", hinting that it may end up feeling too familiar to players.

"Feudal Japan would work as an Assassin's game, for sure, but I feel like it would start to look like 'oh, have I played this?' You know what I mean - 'oh, I've been a ninja before, I've been a samurai before'," he continued. Stating that "Assassin's Creed is one of those games that can take [lesser-known] time periods or corners of the world and make them cool, fun, new and refreshing", we can definitely see Hutchinson's point, but at the same time, we're struggling to think of any recent samurai games outside of Koei Tecmo's latest hack and slasher.

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[source totalxbox.com, via uk.ign.com]