Ten years ago, this month, Desmond Miles entered the world of gamers. For the uninitiated, Miles is the protagonist of one of the most successful gaming franchises - Assassin's Creed. It has been 10 years since Assassin's Creed was launched and has sold over 100 million copies since then. Just a week ago, the latest instalment of the game - Assassin's Creed: Origins - was unveiled by Ubisoft across the world.
In the last 10 years, Ubisoft has released an Assassin's Creed game almost every year - some have been blockbusters whereas a few have received a lukewarm response. In fact, 2016 was the only year when a new instalment of the game didn't come out. What has made the game so widely popular? Well, it blends action, adventure and history perfectly and weaves a brilliant narrative around it. Not to forget, the gameplay has always been top drawer. The series has inspired movies, TV shows as well as comic books. It is one of the most legendary game launched in the last 10 years.
Assassin's Creed was a really fun game to begin with as you there was a lot of combat, a lot of action - and of course a lot of assassinations. What stood about the game was that you could spend hours playing it and figuring out secret locations and really enjoy the magnificent gameplay. It was set in fictionalised versions of cities like Jerusalem and Damascus.
A year later, Assassin's Creed II came out and was a huge improvement on the first instalment. New characters were introduced and the gameplay was even better in the second instalment. Assassin's Creed II also introduced allowed multiplayers to the franchise and was set in Italian cities of Florence and Venice mainly.
The third - and perhaps the most popular - instalment was Brotherhood. As far as gameplay is concerned, it was pretty similar to the previous version of the game. Players now had more money to spend and the game was primarily set in Rome. There's a big twist in Brotherhood and it takes the series forward remarkably. This was also the version where online multiplayer format was included for the first time in the franchise.
The next instalments of the games were Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Assassin's Creed III, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin's Creed: Rogue, followed by Unity and Syndicate. Each got critical as well as mass acclaim across platforms.
In 2016, Ubisoft didn't release their annual instalment of Assassin's Creed. There were questions asked about whether the franchise was past its sell by date. However, the latest game - Origins - was just launched a few days back and created a spark of excitement amongst the fans of the series. The success and longevity of Assassin's Creed is a testament to its brilliance. While - as is the case with most franchisees - there have been ups and downs. One thing, however, hasn't changed is that Assassin's Creed remains one of the finest action-adventure games around.