What’s The Best Order to Play Assassin’s Creed in 2022

Assassin's Creed is a series that started way back in 2007. It is difficult for a new player to know what order to play them. In this article we go through two different ways.

Assassin’s Creed is an ongoing series, with the first title being released in 2007. It’s currently developed by Ubisoft. The majority of the games follow the same gameplay mechanics. You play as a present-day individual accessing their ancestor’s memories via the Animus. There are three overarching phases of the series. There are multiple orders to play them in. For another timeline, post click here.

Historical Order

In the historical order, we are only talking about the ancestor memories rather than the present-day sections. Now to preface this, since the games were released in present-day order, the mechanics of the game will change halfway through before coming back to more modern mechanics. If you don’t think you can stand going backward in gameplay try the Game Release Date Order. All the game titles in italics can be skipped.

1st Phase

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The 1st phase follows the origins of the Assassin’s brotherhood. From Greece to Viking Britain. The present-day sections focus on Layla Hassan a former Templar trying to save the world from uncertain doom.

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Game TitleYears the Memories Are SetRelease Year
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey431 to 422 BC2017
Assassin’s Creed Origins48 to 38 BC2018
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla872 to 878 AD2020

2nd Phase

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This is where the series becomes a bit of a mess. The present-day sections won’t make sense, but the memory sections will still work. Since the present-day sections aren’t that long they shouldn’t have an impact on your enjoyment of the series. The second phase focuses on Desmond’s story from start to end.

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Game Title Years the Memories Are Set Release Year
Assassin’s Creed 11191 AD2007
Assassin’s Creed 21476 to 1500 AD2009
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood1500 to 1507 AD2010
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations1511 AD2011
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles China1526 AD2015
Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag1715 to 1722 AD2013
Assassin’s Creed Rogue1752 to 1760 AD2014
Assassin’s Creed 31760 to 1783 AD2012
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation1765 AD2012

Final Phase

The present-day sections start to lose their importance after 2012. The characters you play are not important only the ancestors really shine during this period.

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Game TitleYears the Memories Are SetRelease Year
Assassin’s Creed: Unity1789 to 1794 AD2014
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles India1841 AD2015
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate1868 AD2015
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Russia1918 AD2016

Game Release Date Order

The game release order makes sense for the first few games. But once you’ve completed Assassin’s Creed 3, there is no reason to force yourself to play any of the titles up until Origins, Odyssey, and Valhalla. The first phase is a great story and I wish it continued even if the character of Desmond is a bit bland.

First Phase – Desmond Era

Game Title Years the Memories Are Set Release Year
Assassin’s Creed 11191 AD2007
Assassin’s Creed 21476 to 1500 AD2009
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood1500 to 1507 AD2010
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations1511 AD2011
Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag1715 to 1722 AD2013
Assassin’s Creed 31760 to 1783 AD2012

These are all the games that either include Desmond or the ancestor is related to Desmond. This means there is an overarching story and is one of the best in the series. Unfortunately in Assassin’s Creed 3, the gameplay can get stale. I also do not like Connor from 3, so I normally skip it.

Second Phase – Skippable

Game TitleYears the Memories Are SetRelease Year
Assassin’s Creed: Unity1789 to 1794 AD2014
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles India1841 AD2015
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate1868 AD2015
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Russia1918 AD2016
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles China1526 AD2015

The story outside of the Animus in these Assassin’s Creed games is nonexistent and does not take time. The games add to the lore of the series but the gameplay is very similar to Phase 1 with very few improvements. These can be skipped without much loss.

Final Phase – Better Gameplay

Game TitleYears the Memories Are SetRelease Year
Assassin’s Creed Origins48 to 38 BC 2018
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey431 to 422 BC2017
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla872 to 878 AD2020

Origins introduced a more action and less stealthy approach to the Assassin’s Creed formula. It also introduced I wide range of weapons that can be looted from enemies each having particular strengths and effects. The outside of the animus story is also consistent with one protagonist which is great.

And so the Battle Goes on

There are two main ways to play the series. Each with its pros and cons. Personally, in both play-throughs, you can get away with just playing the most recent three games. But then you miss out on Ezio who is one of the best ancestors that you get to play.

So how will you be playing the series?

Brendan Freeman
Brendan Freeman

A new dad, who loves his video games. he's been playing games since he was 2. He likes RPGs and racing games.

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