Assassin’s Creed Timeline – Everything in Chronological Order

The chronological order of Assassin’s Creed has become increasingly complicated over the years. Assassin’s Creed has become a multimedia series that covers not only games, but also dozens of comics, books and movies.

What’s more, most of the stories are set in the past as well as in the present, making it sometimes difficult to follow even for the initiated. In this Assassin’s Creed Timeline you will therefore find all the comics, books, films & series, but of course we start with the games. The games are published in this order:

This entry was updated in July 2020.

  1. Assassin’s Creed (2007)

    This game takes place during the Third Crusade (1191)

  2. Assassin’s Creed II (2009)

    This game takes place during the Italian Renaissance (1476 – 1524)

  3. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (2010)

    This game takes place during the Italian Renaissance (1476 – 1524)

  4. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (2011)

    This game takes place during the Italian Renaissance (1476 – 1524)

  5. Assassin’s Creed III (2012)

    This game takes place during the American Revolution (18th century)

  6. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (2013)

    This game takes place during the Golden Age of Piracy (18th century)

  7. Assassin’s Creed Rogue (2014)

    This game takes place during the American Revolution (18th century)

  8. Assassin’s Creed Unity (2014)

    This game takes place during the French Revolution (late 18th century)

  9. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (2015)

    This game takes place during the Industrial Revolution (late 19th century)

  10. Assassin’s Creed Origins (2017)

    This game takes place in Ancient Egypt (1th century b.c)

  11. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (2018)

    This game takes place in Ancient Greece (5th century b.c)

  12. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (2020)

    This game takes place during the age of Vikings

Now we place the games in the Assassin’s Creed Timeline, along with all the comics, books, movies and series. Most Assassin’s Creed stories have two timelines (one historical and one modern) and therefore appear twice in this overview. We start with all the historical periods and then put the modern story line in order.

Timelines at Beyond Video Gaming are divided in different eras. Eras with a ‘main game’ are bold so you can easily pick them out. Click or tap on a title to see all the media within the era. The following icons will mark whether something is a game, book, comic or movie.

  • Game
  • Book
  • Comic
  • Film or tv-series

Assassins Creed Timeline Ancient Greece

The conflict between the Assassins and the Templars has its origins in Ancient Greece, when the Cult of Cosmos stirred up unrest during the Peloponnesian War. The Cult of Cosmos can be considered a forerunner of the Templars. In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the Spartan Kassandra (the player can also choose to play with Alexios, but Kassandra is considered a canon) fights this sect.

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassins Creed Timeline Ancient Egypt

In Ancient Egypt, a forerunner of the Templars appeared. In Assassin’s Creed Origins, the Order of the Ancients uses the political instability in Egypt to open vaults of Those Who Came Before. They cross the path of the local medjay Bayek and his wife Aya, who lose their son at the hands of the Order. Their undertaking to take revenge eventually leads to the creation of the Hidden Ones, a forerunner of the Assassins.

  • Assassin’s Creed Origins: Desert Oath
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins

Assassins Creed Timeline Roman Age

In the third century of our current era, the Roman Aquilus (an ancestor of Desmond Miles) gives the predecessors of the Templars a good reason to look over their shoulders from time to time. The Assassin Accipiter, an ancestor of Desmond’s colleague Jonathan Hawk, lived in those days as well. You can read their story in the first three comics of the French Eric Corbeyran and Djilalli Defaux.

According to Ubisoft, the modern timeline of these comics isn’t part of the official canon of Assassin’s Creed. In the modern timeline we follow Desmond Miles, but the events do not all correspond to what happens in the games. The historical timeline around Aquilus however, is official canon.

  • Assassin’s Creed 1 – Desmond
  • Assassin’s Creed 2 – Aquilus
  • Assassin’s Creed 3 – Accipiter

Assassins Creed Valhalla Viking

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set in this era. In this game the Viking Eivor goes into battle with the English.

The young adult book Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants – Fate of the Gods also takes place during the age of the Vikings. In this book a group of teenagers relive the memories of their ancestors, at the time of the battle between Styrbjörn the Strong and the Danish king Harald Bluetooth. They are looking for a piece of the Trident of Eden.

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla 
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Official Novel
  • Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants 3 – Fate of the Gods

Assassins Creed Timeline Third Crusade

The Third Crusade is one of the most important eras in the Assassin’s Creed series. It is the era in which the first game Assassin’s Creed takes place.

In the first game, legendary Assassin Altair Ibn-La’Ahad, ancestor of Desmond Miles, discovers a crucial Piece of Eden and the Templar conspiracy. Altair also lays the foundation of the Assassin Brotherhood as we know it during the rest of the series. The book The Secret Crusade is based on this first game.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Altaïr’s Chronicles
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Assassin’s Creed: The Secret Crusade
  • Assassin’s Creed Bloodlines
  • Assassin’s Creed: Reflections

In the young adult book Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants – Tomb of the Khan, a group of teenagers relive the memories of their ancestors at the time of the Mongolian conquest of China. On both sides of the conflict they search for a piece of the Trident of Eden.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants 2 – Tomb of the Khan

Assassins Creed Timeline Egypt

In 1257, a Piece of Eden appeared in Egypt: the Scepter of Isis. The new sultan would use the artifact to seize power, attracting the attention of both the Templars and the Assassins. Assassin Numa Al’Khamsin, like Accipiter an ancestor of Jonathan Hawk, plays an important role in this battle.

Because of the discrepancies between the earlier parts of this comic series (with the Roman Aquilus) and the games, it is unclear whether this series is completely canon. It is safe to assume historical timeline is completely part of the canon, since the historical timeline of the earlier comics are also considered canon.

  • Assassin’s Creed 4 – Hawk
  • Assassin’s Creed 5 – El Cakr
  • Assassin’s Creed 6 – Leila

During the Hundred Years’ War between France and England, Joan of Arc became a French folk heroine. She does so with the help of the Sword of Eden, with which she leads the French troops to victory.

In the book Assassin’s Creed: Heresy, Abstergo leader Simon Hathaway relives the memories of his ancestor Gabriel Laxart and fights side by side with Joan of Arc.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Heresy

Assassins Creed Timeline Italian Renaissance

At the time of the Italian Renaissance, casanova Ezio Auditore da Firenze was dragged into the conflict between the Assassins and Templars against his will when his father, an Assassin, was murdered.

Ezio, like Altaïr an ancestor of Desmond, would then play the leading role in the games Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and the corresponding books. A few short films about Ezio and his family complete his saga.

In the comic Assassin’s Creed: Homecoming, the assassin Charlotte De La Cruz relives the memories of her ancestor Giovanni Borgia, who at one point also meets Ezio Auditore da Firenze.

Ubisoft also released some spin-offs that take place during this period, but have little in common with the main games.

Ezio Auditore’s story

  • Assassin’s Creed: Lineage
  • Assassin’s Creed II 
  • Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance
  • Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery
  • Assassin’s Creed: Ascendance
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood 
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations 
  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  • Assassin’s Creed: Reflections
  • Assassin’s Creed: Embers

Other

  • Assassin’s Creed: Identity
  • Assassin’s Creed Online: Alliance
  • Assassin’s Creed: Project Legacy
  • Assassin’s Creed: Assassins 3 – Homecoming

Assassins Creed Movie

During the Granada War in 1492, Aguilar de Nerha joined the Assassins Brotherhood. As a brand new Assassin he has to protect Prince Ahmed de Granada and prevent the Templars from harming him.

  • Assassin’s Creed 
  • Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization

Assassins Creed China

During the Ming Dynasty the Templars seize power in China and threaten to destroy the local Brotherhood permanently.

The last Assassin, Shao Jun, already traveled to Europe in Assassin’s Creed: Embers to train with the legendary Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Shao Jun has the lead role in the game Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China and the manga based on it. The book The Ming Storm, published only in China, tells more about Shao Jun.

  • Assassin’s Creed: The Ming Storm
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China
  • Assassin’s Creed: China

In the comic Assassin’s Creed: Setting Sun the assassin Charlotte De La Cruz relives the memories of her ancestor Quila at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca empire.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Assassins 2 – Setting Sun

In the comic Assassin’s Creed: Trial by Fire the assassin Charlotte De La Cruz relives the memories of her ancestor Tom Stoddard at the time of the Salem Witch Trials.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Assassins 1 – Trial by Fire

Assassins Creed Timeline Pirate Kenway

In the Golden Age of Piracy, Edward Kenway, an ancestor of Desmond Miles, played a major role in the conflict between the Assassins and the Templars. Side by side with Edward “Blackbeard” Thatch, Kenway becomes the largest pirate in the Caribbean.

Ubisoft also released some mobile games that take place during this period, but have little in common with the main games.

Edward Kenway’s story

  • Blackbeard: The Lost Journal
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
  • Assassin’s Creed: Awakening
  • Assassin’s Creed: Reflections

Spin-offs

  • Assassin’s Creed: Pirates
  • Assassin’s Creed: Bloodsail

Assassins Creed Connor

A few years after the Golden Age of Piracy, Haytham Kenway, Edward Kenway’s son, joined the Templars. Grandson Connor (or Ratonhnaké:ton), in turn, plays a major role in the American Revolution as Assassin.

In that period Shay Cormac passes from the Assassins to the Templars. Aveline de Grandpré fights against slavery, crossing the path of Connor.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Rogue 
  • Assassin’s Creed III 
  • Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken
  • Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation
  • Assassin’s Creed: Reflections

Assassins Creed Timeline French Revolution

In almost every revolution the Assassins and Templars play a role and that is no different with the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century.

In the game Assassin’s Creed: Unity we see Assassin Arno Dorian interfering in this revolution. The book of the same name tells roughly the same events, but from the eyes of the female Templar Elise.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Unity 
  • Assassin’s Creed: Unity
  • French Revolution (also known as Assassin’s Creed: Unity short film)

In the comic Assassin’s Creed: The Chair, which was given away for free in 2016 during Free Comic Book Day, a book appears in Haiti that is in the interest of both the Templars and the Assassins.

The Assassin Elsie tries to get hold of this book and the contemporary Assassin Charlotte de la Cruz relives her memories.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Assassins – The Chair

In the comic Assassin’s Creed: Templars – Cross of War, Assassins and Templars compete in Tripoli for the Koh-i-Noor. Cross of War is a continuation of Black Cross, although the historical timeline of Black Cross only takes place in 1927.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Templars 2 – Cross of War

Assassins Creed India Brahman

The battle between the Assassins and Templars reached India in the 19th century. The Maharajah Ranjit Singh, possessor of the Koh-i-Noor, ruled here. This magnificent jewel has special properties and therefore changes hands several times.

The Assassin Arbaaz Mir, whose story we discover thanks to Abstergo employee Jot Soora, plays a major role in the struggle for this object.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brahman
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India

In the young adult book Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants, a group of teenagers relive the memories of their ancestors at the time of the New York Draft Riots in 1863. They are looking for a piece of the Trident of Eden.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants

Assassins Creed Timeline Industrial Revolution

At the end of the Industrial Revolution, the Templars threaten to take over power in London – and with it the entire British Empire.

Indian Henry Green, born as Jayadeep Mir and son of Arbaaz Mir, enlists the help of twins Jacob and Evie Frye in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate to fight the Templars together in the English capital.

The book Assassin’s Creed: Underworld partly serves as a prequel. It follows Henry Green on an assignment prior to the events of Syndicate, and then tells the events of the game from Green’s perspective.

The comic Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants – Locus, part of the young adult series Last Descendants, is also set in this era, as protagonist Tommy Greyling collaborates with Evie Frye and Henry Green.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Underworld
  • Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
  • The Syndicate (also known as Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Short Film)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants – Locus

Assassins Creed Russian Revolution

On the eve of the Russian Revolution, Assassin Nikolai Orelov hunts down a Piece of Eden owned by Tsar Alexander III.

Through his fight against the Tsar, Orelov, ancestor of Daniel Cross, helps the Bolsheviks and therefore plays a major role in the Russian Revolution. Orelov comes into contact with significant persons like Lenin and Nikola Tesla.

  • Assassin’s Creed: The Fall
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia
  • Assassin’s Creed: The Chain

In the comic Assassin’s Creed: Templars – Black Cross, a templar is active in China under the name Black Cross. At the same time, the Shanghai massacre breaks out.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Templars 1 – Black Cross
  • Assassin’s Creed: Templars – Great Wall

Assassins Creed Second World War

During the Second World War, the Nazis experimented with Pieces of Eden, creating a precursor to the Animus.

With ‘Die Glocke’ (German for The Bell) they expect to travel through time, but in fact relive memories. The Americans also try to travel through time with the same machine, without success either. The Assassin Eddie Gorm is involved in disabling ‘Die Glocke’.

  • Assassin’s Creed Conspiracies 1: Die Glocke
  • Assassin’s Creed Conspiracies 2: Project Rainbow

Assassins Creed Vietnam War

During the Vietnam War, the Assassin Alekseï Gavrani operated on the front line. As part of the Bloodstone Unit, a group of Assassins in the U.S. Army, he was confronted with corruption within the Creed.

In Vietnam he fights together with Julia Gorm, daughter of Eddie Gorm, who was active as Assassin during the Second World War.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Bloodstone Tome 1/2
  • Assassin’s Creed: Bloodstone Tome 2/2

In modern times the Templars celebrate their heyday and the Assassins have to limit themselves to a real guerrilla war. It is the period that we know in the games mainly thanks to Desmond Miles.

The descendant of Altair, Ezio and Connor, among others, is undoubtedly the most important character of modern times, but certainly not the only one.

Soon more about the modern timeline of Assassin’s Creed. In this period the comic series Uprising takes place.

In Assassin’s Creed projects that are still under development, it is not always known when they will take place. For example, there is a TV series, possibly an animated series of Assassin’s Creed in development. This series may appear on Netflix. Contents of the series are not yet known.

  • Film: Assassin’s Creed TV Series

Over the years, a handful of spin-off media have also appeared that usually draw on multiple points in time and hardly belong to the official canon. For the sake of completeness we mention them anyway.

  • Game: Assassin’s Creed: Memories
  • Game: Assassin’s Creed: Rebellion
  • Game: Assassin’s Creed: Recollection

This Assassin’s Creed Timeline has been composed with as much care as possible. Nevertheless, it is possible that an error has crept into our chronological order. Are you an even bigger Assassin’s Creed fan than we are? Please contact us and tell us what we did wrong!

Lars Cornelis

Lars has been a game journalist since 2005. He loves a virtual adventures and appreciates a good story, whether told through environmental storytelling or deep lore. He has a large collection of books and comics based on his favorite games, like Halo, Assassin's Creed and Metal Gear Solid.

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