The 10 BEST Assassin's Creed Endings
VOICE OVER: Riccardo Tucci
WRITTEN BY: Saim Cheeda
These "Assassin's Creed" entries went out on a high note with great endings! For this list, we'll be looking at entries in this long-running series that have the most satisfying conclusions. Obviously, major spoilers ahead. Our list includes “Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag” (2013), “Assassin's Creed Origins” (2017), “Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood” (2010), and more!
Welcome to MojoPlays, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Assassins Creed Endings. For this list, we’ll be looking at entries in this long-running series that have the most satisfying conclusions. These are based on the effectiveness of the climax and how the stories make use of the characters involved. Which Assassin’s Creed ending had the biggest lasting impression on you? Let us know in the comments.
“Assassin's Creed Rogue” (2014)
The main story of “Rogue” concludes with Shay Cormac foiling the Assassins’ plans to secure the Precursor Box, a Piece of Eden containing enormous power. Shay assassinates Charles Dorian, leaving his son Arno an orphan and on his own path. Shay pledges his loyalty to the Order once more, signifying his character development from the innocent-minded Assassin he once was to the ruthless Templar he’d now become. Out of all the “Assassin’s Creed” games, “Rogue” is the one to end with a definitive victory for the Templars. However, it’s a complex finale that completes Shay Cormac’s journey while leading perfectly into “Assassin’s Creed Unity.” “Rogue” has a dark outlook for fans who see the Assassins as the good guys, but we can appreciate the series’ attempt at offering a different perspective in this ending.
“Assassin's Creed Odyssey” (2018)
Due to its RPG structure, players can get multiple endings in “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” based on their choices. Still, a happy ending exists where the Eagle Bearer Kassandra is able to reconcile with her family. Following the battle with her corrupted brother Alexios, Kassandra and their mother are able to bring him back, forgiving him for his sins. We then watch the trio have dinner with patriarch Nikolaos and his adopted son Stentor for what serves as a family reunion. After numerous conflicts with Alexios, Nikolaos, and Stentor, it’s heartwarming to see the characters put all bad blood aside. The modern-day story’s conclusion also ends on a triumphant note. Kassandra passes the Staff of Hermes to Layla Hassan to grant the latter the source of her immortality. “Odyssey” ends with the hope that Layla might bring balance to the Assassin-Templar conflict after all.
“Assassin's Creed Origins” (2017)
It was a foregone conclusion that “Origins'' would end with the establishment of the Assassins. But its ending also brings protagonists Aya and Bayek the closure they deserved. Bayek successfully eliminates Flavius, the man responsible for the death of his son. Meanwhile, Aya assassinates Julius Caesar to prevent him from using other Pieces of Eden to control the populace. She completes her turn into Amunet, a legendary Assassin by present-day events. Although the couple decides to separate, it makes sense given how their paths diverged over the course of the story. We see them move on and establish the Hidden Ones, which will go on to become the Assassin Brotherhood as we know it to be. “Origins’” present-day ending also sets up Layla Hassan to take on the mantle as the series’ lead for the next two games.
“Assassin's Creed III” (2012)
“Assassin’s Creed III” leaves fans with a bittersweet ending, which is justified given the high stakes involved. After spending so many years seeking freedom, Connor Kenway gets a harsh dose of reality. Realizing his people will still be oppressed under the U.S.’s newfound government, Connor accepts that fighting for freedom is a never ending battle. Still, the protagonist matures enough to let go of the anger that had controlled him all his life. Desmond Miles’ story also comes to a close, as he decides to sacrifice his life to save humanity from a catastrophic solar flare. It signals the end of the story that began with the original “Assassin’s Creed,”, layered with realistic themes in regard to the protagonists making peace with the hand that fate has dealt them.
“Assassin's Creed Syndicate” (2015)
Quite a lot of the conflict in “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate” comes from the turbulent relationship between siblings Evie and Jacob Frye. That’s why the ending has a wholesome quality since the brother-sister pair reconcile their differences to strengthen their bond. The two take on Templar Grand Master Crawford Starrick to prevent him from claiming the Piece of Eden known as the Shroud. “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate” has a straightforward premise of good versus evil, but it’s still fun to watch Jacob and Evie defy the odds to put an end to Starrick’s nefarious plans. It’s an uncomplicated ending that proves why the contrasting twins are a good team after all. With so many “Assassin’s Creed” climactic moments taking on dire tones, it’s refreshing to see “Syndicate” leave fans on a happy note.
“Assassin's Creed” (2007)
The original game ends on a cliffhanger that leaves fans wanting more. Ancestral protagonist Altair confronts his master Al Mualim, who reveals his allegiance to the Templars. In one of the most captivating boss fights of the series, Altair defeats Al Mualim despite the latter’s use of the Apple of Eden. This ties in directly to Desmond’s modern-day storyline, as the Templars uncover the location of the Pieces of Eden through his memories. We’re treated to another twist when Desmond realizes he’s now equipped with Altair’s skills and can foresee the catastrophic solar flare he’s fated to avert. With the Assassin Order also launching an effort to rescue Demond, the first game’s climax is filled with shock and intrigue. It pretty much guaranteed that fans would return for the sequel, establishing “Assassin’s Creed” as a franchise for years to come.
“Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood” (2010)
“Brotherhood” bettered the original’s cliffhanger with a conclusion with major ramifications. Ezio engages in an action-packed clash with his hated rival, Cesare Borgia. The protagonist finally gets vengeance for Borgia’s siege of his homefront, Monteriggioni, and the murder of his uncle, Mario. Ezio’s story doesn’t fully come to an end, as “Brotherhood” plants the seeds for more to follow in “Revelations.” However, it’s Desmond’s present-day story that delivers on all fronts. After gaining the Apple of Eden once wielded by Ezio, Desmond is commanded by the Isu Juno to stab Lucy, the Templar mole in the Assassins’ ranks. With Desmond falling into a coma from the emotional trauma, we’re left to ponder what all this means for the heroes going forward.
“Assassin's Creed II” (2009)
The first game in the “Ezio Trilogy” spans two decades with Ezio hunting Templar Grand Master Rodrigo Borgia, the person responsible for the execution of Ezio’s family. It all comes to a head when Ezio battles Borgia to deny the latter entry into the Isu vault. The protagonist realizes he’s overcome his desire for revenge, sparing Borgia’s life. While this serves as a satisfying end to Ezio’s personal objective, his encounter with the Isu Minerva inside the vault sets up Desmond’s story in the future. “Assassin’s Creed II”’s ending brings clarity to fans over what Desmond, Ezio, and the Isus’ purpose was supposed to be the entire time. With Ezio and Desmond’s stories set to continue, the game is unique for bringing closures and cliffhangers at the same time.
“Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag” (2013)
For a game about pirates plundering and looting across the seas, “Black Flag” has a surprisingly emotional finale. Although protagonist Edward Kenway prevents the Templars from accessing the Isu Observatory, he realizes he’s lost all his friends along the way. This revelation inspires Edward to make things right, meeting the daughter he’d left back home and promising to turn over a new leaf. “Black Flag’s” ending shows the value of free will that the Assassins strive for, as Edward’s experiences with the Order make him appreciate what’s important in life. But it also carries a sense of melancholy by showing Haytham Kenway as a child, who we know will eventually turn to the Templars, and become one of the franchise’s biggest villains.
“Assassin's Creed: Revelations” (2011)
As the longest-running main protagonist, Ezio deserved to have a happy ending, and “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” does just that. Ezio rescues his love interest Sofia from the clutches of Prince Ahmet, also gaining access to the vault that contains Altair’s remains. Realizing that there will always be conflict no matter how hard he tries, the protagonist retires as an Assassin for good. Ezio’s last hurrah relieves him from the burden of being a conduit for the message Desmond is meant to hear from the Isu. Experiencing all of Ezio’s memories also empowers Desmond to be free from his coma, as he heads to the Grand Temple with his allies. “Revelations” is a worthy swansong to both Ezio and Altair, finishing their arcs in a satisfying fashion and setting up the conclusion for the Desmond Saga in the following game.