Assassin’s Creed series has given us some of the most recognizable and successful video games till now. The series was so successful that it has split into various spinoff games, board games, films, novels, and even comics. Given the 14 years of game releases, many players are confused about the main underlying story arc and timeline. Plus, a lot of players don’t want to miss even one of the spinoff games Ubisoft has released. So to help out both the new and veteran AC games fans out there, check out this guide to know all the Assassin’s Creed games in both chronological & release date orders.
All Assassin’s Creed Games in Chronological Order (Timeline)
Even though the first Assassin’s Creed game came out in 2007, it’s not the first origin story as per the AC Lore. The main underlying story tells about the Precursor race called Isu creating Apple of Eden artifacts to control the Human race as their slaves. This succeeded till Adam and Eve stole one of the artifacts and started a rebellion against the Isu. The war between the two races went on till the earth was hit by a massive solar flare around 75,000 BCE.
Today we know this day as the day of Toba Catastrophe, which wiped out most of the Isu and left only a handful of the human race behind. Millenniums went on, till some Isu (avoiding more in-game spoilers here) started indirectly controlling humans and gave rise to Order of the Ancients. They were the successors to Children of Cain who sort out to control humanity with the Pieces of Eden. The only two groups that fought against this world domination are Babylonian Iltani’s Order and Artabanus’ Persian elite group. Till the lastMedjay, Bayek of Siwa and Aya of Alexandria founded the Hidden Ones in 47 BCE. Thus began the Assassin Brotherhood to save humanity from slavery by fighting against Templars for free will and freedom. Now you have caught up with the beginning of the Assassin Order, let’s look at the games in chronological order from here.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 431 BC
Set during the Peloponnesian War fought between Athens and Sparta, Kassandra the granddaughter of King Leonidas I of Sparta receives the Spear of Leonidas. The story is set in beautiful Greece rendered in the AnvilNext 2.0 game engine. You fight and meet both historical and mythical characters from the Hellenistic world. This is must play as the game was built on the RPG elements its’s predecessor AC Origins started. The story tells how she comes into possession of the ‘Staff of Hermes Trismegistus‘ from none other than Pythagoras.
Assassin’s Creed Origins – 49 to 43 BC
Set during the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, you play as Bayek the last living medjay of Siwa. You can slash your Khopesh, fight hippos and climb even the pyramid of Giza in this game. If hieroglyphs and Ankhs made you curious, then you will even get excited about the Discovery mode from Ubisoft (first of its kind to be released) to explore and understand the real Egyptian history.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – 873 AD
Pick up your Ulfberhts and sail the great North Sea on your Longboats to the war-torn kingdoms of England. You meet the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok, who made up the Great Heathen Army. Build your own clan settlement, and explore ancient Roman ruins while you find new friends among the Anglo-Saxons.
Assassin’s Creed: Altaïr’s Chronicles – 1190 AD
Play as the legendary Altaïr’s on your way to retrieve the Chalice. You explore the city of Damascus suffered during the Third Holy Crusades.
Assassin’s Creed – 1191 AD
The game that started it all. The first title of the AC series. You continue the story of Altaïr hunting his targets spread across the cities of Jerusalem, Acre, and Damascus. Not going into much detail on this one, as this a game you need to experience for yourself.
Assassin’s Creed Bloodlines – 1191 AD
Set right after the first Assassin’s Creed game, Altaïr hunts down Armand Bouchart the new Grand Master of the Templar Order. This story tells you how Altaïr met Maria, enemies at first but circumstances made them fall in love with each other.
Assassin’s Creed II – 1459 AD
Considered as one of the best AC games ever made, AC2 tells the story of Ezio Auditore who takes up the mantle of the assassin to avenge his family. Ezio goes to meet Leonardo da Vinci, helps in destroying the Templars from the Italian peninsula, and finally becomes the face of the AC series.
Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery – 1491 AD
Ezio travels to Spain during the Spanish Inquisition to free his fellow Assassins. The story tells how Ezio saves Christopher Columbus, kills Tomás de Torquemada, and how Italian Grand Templar Rodrigo Borgia becomes Pope of the Catholic church.
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – 1500 to 1507 AD
Ezio unites the assassins under one banner and leads the fight in Italia against Pope Alexander VI in Vatican City. That’s it, you need to play the game right away.
Assassin’s Creed Revelations – 1511 AD
The game winds up the story of Ezio, who travels to Constantinople to find Altaïr’s library. He fights his way through all his enemies and finally gets his hands on the Apple of Eden. But to protect it from evil and to honor Altaïr’s sacrifice, he leaves it behind.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China – 1526 AD
Shao Jun after her training with Ezio goes back to her homeland China to wipe out the Templar group Eight Tigers.
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – 1712 to 1722 AD
You are Edward Kenway, the Pirate who ended being an assassin and frees the Caribbean people from Templars. All this despite his love for gold and lack of remorse against others. He becomes the savior of the people by his bravery and fighting skills.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue – 1752 to 1760 AD
See the world from the seas of a Templar. Set during the Seven Years’ War between Britain and France, a former assassin turned Templar Shay Cormac hunts down those once he called brothers.
Assassin’s Creed III – 1754 to 1783 AD
Set during American Revolution, Ratonhnhaké:ton takes up the name Conner, picks up a Tomahawk, and trains to be an assassin. The game tells the story of how Conner gets torn in between saving his mother’s Native American clan and his father Grand Master Haytham.
Assassin’s Creed Unity – 1776 to 1808 AD
Arno Dorian sets out to find the secrets behind the death of his father during one of the most dangerous times in history. The city of Paris during the mighty French Revolution. Climb the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and see the atrocities of the Noble class against the people.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India – 1841 AD
Set during the war with the East India Company in the Sikh Empire, the Indian assassin Arbaaz Mir begins a journey to uncover many ancient secrets the land holds.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate – 1868 AD
Set in Victorian London, twins Jacob and Evie Frye must bring the gangs off the streets and unite them under one banner to destroy the Templar Order in London.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate: Jack The Ripper – 1888 AD
Set two decades after the events of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Evie sets out to uncover the secret behind the murderer more commonly known as Jack the Ripper.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia – 1918 AD
Set during the aftermath of the October Revolution, Nikolai Orelov fights the Bolsheviks to save the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II Grand Duchess Anastasia.
Assassin’s Creed Games in Release Date Order
Now let’s look at all AC games as per the release date order.
|PC||Xbox||PlayStation||Nintendo||Mobile (Android & iOS)|
|Assassin’s Creed||2007||Windows||XB 360||PS 3||Android|
|Assassin’s Creed: Altaïr’s Chronicles||2008||NDS||Android, & iOS|
|Assassin’s Creed II||2009||Windows, & OS X||XB 360 & XB One||PS 3 & PS4||Android|
|Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines||2009||PSP|
|Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery||2009||NDS||iOS|
|Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood||2010||Windows, & OS X||XB 360 & XB One||PS 3 & PS4||Android|
|Assassin’s Creed: Revelations||2011||Windows||XB 360 & XB One||PS 3 & PS4||Android|
|Assassin’s Creed III||2012||Windows||XB 360 & XB One||PS 3 & PS4||Wii U, & Switch||Android|
|Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation||2012||Windows||XB 360 & XB One||PS Vita, PS 3 & PS4||Switch|
|Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag||2013||Windows||XB 360 & XB One||PS 3 & PS4||Wii U, & Switch|
|Assassin’s Creed: Pirates||2013||Android, & iOS|
|Assassin’s Creed Rogue||2014||Windows||XB 360 & XB One||PS 3 & PS4||Switch|
|Assassin’s Creed Unity||2014||Windows||XB One||PS4|
|Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry||2014||Windows||XB 360 & XB One||PS 3 & PS4|
|Assassin’s Creed Syndicate||2015||Windows||XB One||PS4|
|Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China||2015||Windows||XB One||PS Vita, & PS4|
|Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India||2016||Windows||XB One||PS Vita, & PS4|
|Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia||2016||Windows||XB One||PS Vita, & PS4|
|Assassin’s Creed Identity||2016||Android, & iOS|
|Assassin’s Creed Origins||2017||Windows||XB One||PS4|
|Assassin’s Creed Unity: Arno’s Chronicles||2017||Android|
|Assassin’s Creed Odyssey||2018||Windows||XB One||PS4|
|Assassin’s Creed Rebellion||2018||Android, & iOS|
|Assassin’s Creed Valhalla||2020||Windows||XB One, & Series X||PS4, & PS5|
That’s all about all Assassin’s Creed games in order including chronological timeline and release date order. We hope this helped you map out the entire storyline of the series right from the beginning until today. While you are here, make sure to check out some of the best Viking games like AC Valhalla that you may enjoy playing.