What is the correct timeline of the Assassin’s Creed series?
The Assassin’s Creed franchise has snowballed in 15 years of existence. The ever-present conflict between the Templars and Assassins took players on a journey across five different continents and spanned a period of 2,300 years across twelve main games and nine spin-offs.
You play as the grandson of King Leonidas I of Sparta in AC Odyssey, which takes place 400 years before any other episode and witness the glorious war between the Spartans and Athens. On the other hand, AC Syndicate promises a much more modern experience as it’s based in Victorian London and chronologically unravels the latest Assassin’s Creed story.
Whether Baghdad, ancient Greece, Norway, Victorian England, Renaissance Italy, medieval Rome or the Caribbean; every location has witnessed the perpetual battle of the Brotherhood of Assassins. So it makes sense to assume that the series’ timeline is synchronous with the sequence of significant events that happened at those points in history.
Before we jump into the full Assassin’s Creed timeline in chronological order, let’s look at the release order of games in the franchise.
Assassin’s Creed Games Release Order
The release order of Assassin’s Creed games is as follows.
- Assassin’s Creed – 2007
- Assassin’s Creed II – 2009
- Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – 2010
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – 2011
- Assassin’s Creed III – 2012
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – 2013
- Assassin’s Creed: Snape – 2014
- Assassin’s Creed: Unity – 2014
- Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate – 2015
- Assassin’s Creed: Origins 2017
- Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – 2018
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla – 2020
To note: The above list only includes Canon Assassin’s Creed games. However, for a detailed look at the series timeline, the chronological list below also contains non-canon and extended DLC releases in the form of smaller titles.
I. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (431 – 404 BC)
Although this is one of the newer games in the series, it is chronologically the earliest as it is set in ancient Greece.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a unique entry in the franchise because it isn’t built around the war between the Templar Order and the Brotherhood of Assassins. On the contrary, it confirms the backstory of the Order, the First Civilization and the Templars.
II. Origins of Assassin’s Creed (49 – 43 BC)
Released in 2017, Assassin’s Creed Origins takes you back to the formation of the Hidden Ones, the current Order of Assassins, in historic Greece. They fight against the ancestors of the Templars, the Order of the Ancients.
Additionally, this game introduced Layla Hassan, who would go on to become the protagonist of Odyssey and Valhalla.
III. Assassin’s Creed Mirage (850 AD)
Even though there’s no exact release date for this mainline Assassin’s Creed game, the leaks give you an idea of when it happens.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage tells the story of Basim, a character introduced in AC Valhalla. The game traces his origin as he joins the Hidden Ones without knowing his true nature. Therefore, it will take place in Baghdad, almost 20 years before Valhalla, approximately in 850 AD.
IV. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (872 – 878 AD)
Launching in 2020, AC Valhalla’s protagonist, Eivor, leads the Hidden Ones into battle against the Order of the Ancients. Additionally, Ubisoft added Norse mythology to its unique lore and story theme, encompassing a Basim-related storyline.
I. Assassin’s Creed: Chronicles of Altair (1190 AD)
Rolling out briefly after the first game in 2008, AC Altair’s Chronicles served as a prequel specifically for the Nintendo DS and mobiles.
In this game, the story is told from the perspective of Altair rather than Desmond Miles relieving his memories via the Animus. It is built around Altair’s failure to extract the Chalice from the Templars.
V. Assassin’s Creed (1191 AD)
This original AC game featured the conflict between the Assassins and the Templars. Additionally, it also introduced the Animus device which players can see throughout the rest of the franchise.
I. Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines (1191 AD)
A PlayStation Portable exclusive from 2009, AC Bloodlines continues the narrative of the most important game with Altair slaying more Templars. Moreover, it also allows players to explore the love story of Altair and Templar Maria Thorpe.
VI. Assassin’s Creed II (1476 – 1499 AD)
The second mainline game in the franchise which also launched in 2009, AC II introduced the series’ most adored protagonist, Ezio Auditore da Firenze.
His story begins in Renaissance Italy when he decides to join the Brotherhood to avenge the deaths of his brother and father. Also, Ezio features in the next three episodes of the series, which is more than any other protagonist.
I. Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery (1491 AD)
Discovery was the third AC game to be released in 2009. As a result, it ran as a DLC event between the events of AC II.
This part sees Ezio interact with Christopher Columbus and help the Spanish Guild of Assassins fight against the Spanish Inquisition.
VII. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (1499-1507 AD)
In Ezio’s second main appearance, you see him continuing his battle with the Templar-allied Borgia family in medieval Rome.
As Ezio continues to interact with historical figures like Leonardo da Vinci and Machiavelli, Desmond Mile’s role grows. Eventually, he finds the Apple of Eden via Ezio’s memories.
VIII. Assassin’s Creed Revelations (1511 – 1512 AD)
While trying to wrap up Ezio’s trilogy, AC Revelations uncovers more of Altair’s memories. This leads to Ezio accessing it to get his hands on the Apple of Eden hidden in Altair’s vault.
Afterwards, Ezio, Desmond, and Altair come face-to-face in what is arguably the franchise’s most important installment.
I. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China (1526 AD)
Starring the underrated Shao Jun, this game follows her journey to Italy to train with Ezio. Soon after, she returns home to avenge the Chinese Brotherhood against the Eight Tigers.
IX. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (1715 – 1722 AD)
Being the very first game to not feature Desmond Miles, Black Flag delves into Abstergo’s attempt to portray the Templars as a heroic force. With its events set in the Golden Age of Caribbean piracy in the 18th century, this game is almost a prequel to AC III.
I. Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry (1735-1737 AD)
Originally conceived as DLC for Black Flag, with its events occurring 20 years later, Freedom Cry introduces Quartermaster-turned-Assassin Adewale.
X. Assassin’s Creed: Snape (1752 – 1776 AD)
Released in 2014, the second pirate game in the franchise, Rogue, takes place at the same time as AC III.
The protagonist, Shay Cormac, is an ex-Assassin who joins forces with the Templars. You can see him interact with several characters from various AC games, including 2015’s AC Unity.
XI. Assassin’s Creed III (1754 – 1783 AD)
Starring half-Mohawk, half-English assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton, this 2012 AC game shows his battle against the Templars during the American Revolution. Unfortunately, these enemies include his father, Haytham, the leader of the colonial Templars.
I. Assassin’s Creed III Liberation (1765 – 1777 AD)
Originally released as a PlayStation Vita exclusive alongside AC III, this installment features the series’ first female protagonist, Aveline de Grandpré. It takes place in 18eThe New Orleans of the last century, where Aveline fights the Templars after the French and Indian war.
XII. Assassin’s Creed Unity (1776 – 1800 AD)
Infamous due to a buggy release, 2014’s Unity gradually cemented its place as a solid entry through vital updates.
It is set back during the French Revolution and features the nobleman Arno Dorian. Like most other AC episodes, Unity focuses on the war between Assassins and Templars.
I. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India (1841 AD)
Similar to Shao Jun in AC Chronicles: China, this game introduces a new protagonist, Arbaaz Mir, to 1841 India. Specifically, this 2016 AC game focuses on Arbaaz’s pursuit of a master templar during the war between the East India Company and the Sikh Empire.
XIII. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (1868 AD)
Launched in 2015, AC Syndicate was the last AC game before the franchise transitioned from the sandbox to the action-RPG genre.
This episode is set in Victorian London and depicts the Frye twins’ fight against the Templars, featuring Jack the Ripper and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
I. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia (1918 AD)
A worthy conclusion to the Chronicles series and the latest as far as the AC timeline goes, this game is set in the post-October Revolution era of 1918. It sees Princess Anastasia Romanova being possessed by AC’s Shao Jun Chronicles: China.
About Assassin’s Creed
Assassin’s Creed is the first installment in the classic Assassin’s Creed franchise. It introduced one of the series’ most influential characters, Altair, who embarks on a quest to regain his honor after a failed mission.
The game was developed and published by Ubisoft. It is considered a classic, having been a memorable part of everyone’s childhood. Even then, it featured some of the best graphic work, action sequences, and storyline.