Struggle for the Universe: Maneuvering the Narrative World of Assassin’s Creed


Sjors Martens

Document Type



Social Sciences

Publication Date


Course Date

Spring 2020

Course Number

Hon 250

Course Title

Honors Seminar II


The Assassin's Creed franchise mainly consists of video games but has over the years created a narrative universe spanning different media. Seeing how the traversal from the individual installment Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag into the narrative universe of Assassin's Creed changes player engagement with the franchise allows one to understand audience interaction with different media products in a transmedia and convergent culture. Seen as a performed possible world, the individual installment is shown, through a three part gameplay analysis, to function as an unfinished commodity. This implies striking a balance between an individually satisfying experience and a plot-hole ridden incentive for further activity. When the individual installment incites traversal into a narrative universe, the player can construct the universe from installments through a hyperdiegetic, intermedia, or crossmedia engagement, depending on the reliance on medium specificity. Ultimately, this article provides a model for audience interaction in the transmedia age. (from publisher)


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