So. Assassin’s Creed.
Don’t get me wrong. Assassin’s Creed is one of my favorite video game franchises. I’ve played a few of the games, read up on the lore and backstories. Heck, I even watched the movie. (Which I thought wasn’t that bad, really. I wouldn’t have seen it in theaters, but it was good enough to watch anyway.)
Now, you’ve read the title, and you’re probably wondering what long rant I have prepared against these games.
To be honest, I really don’t have a rant. The reason I call it “the least-Christian video game” is because you play as a man (or woman), running around and stabbing people who work for a global organization that rallies under a cross: the Templars.
In fact, the first game does little to hide the fact that you’re going against “Christians,” as you’re fighting the Templars during the Crusades—when the Templars were very clearly affiliated with the church.
This sparked some curiosity in me, as I delved deeper into the affiliations of the Assassins and the Templars in the Assassin’s Creed franchise.
Here’s the summary of what I’ve found:
The Templars, in this universe, are not grounded in Christianity (or any religion for that matter), rather they were endorsed by the church and hired by the church during the Crusades. In this universe, they seek to control the world and the people in it, and bring peace through that intense control.
The Assassins, on the flip-side, are not grounded in any religion either. They seek peace as the Templars do, but they choose to go about different means. While the Templars seek to control humanity through humanity’s blind faith, the Assassins seek to bring down those who would abuse power, thus maintaining peace.
Basically, the games are less about Assassins vs. Templars, and more about Free Will vs. Slavery-disguised-as-Legalism.
So, not too bad when you dig deeper. But I had to ask, “What is the Assassin’s Creed?” The games are named after it, so it must be important. (At the time, I had only played III and Black Flag, and hadn’t seen the movie.)
Then, I watched the movie.
The eponymous Assassin’s Creed: “Nothing is true; everything is permitted.”
I’m gonna need another week to unpack that.