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AC Community Questions:
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For this round of Assassin's Creed Community Questions, we invited Michael Doyle, member of the Assassin's Creed Partnership Program // Isu Network's Writing Team.

09/8/22                              By Colum Blackett                                      Edited by Ashlea Blackett

Col is the Community Admin for The Ones Who Came Before, and one of the UK Assassin's Creed community ambassadors.

He is also a former Ubisoft Star Player, and has spent the last 8 years working within the Assassin's Creed community on countless projects.

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Col: Hi Michael, thanks for joining us today! Please could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your connection to the Assassin's Creed Community.

Michael: Hi I'm Michael, I'm 25 years old and I'm from the UK. I've been playing video games for as long as I can remember, with the first game I ever played being Cool Boarders on the PS1. My connection to Assassin's Creed began when I was about 10/11 years old, getting the first game on release in my local Blockbuster. One of my favourite early memories from Assassin’s Creed is a horse glitch that launched my character across the map.  More recently, my close friendship with TOWCB admin team has brought me back into the AC Community.

Col: Do you think the Partnership Program will open doors for you, and what do you personally hope to gain from the opportunity?

Michael: Yes most definitely, I am excited to build up my experience writing video gaming guides and content. From this experience I gain to improve my copywriting skills and guide writing skills which will support my personal career. I currently already write mobile device guide and customer support content, but I’m looking to gain exposure to the gaming industry as this is an area i’d love to write support content for.

Col: Do you have any personal AC goals you would like to achieve?

Michael: I have always wanted to speed run an assassins creed game, preferably AC III. I have speed ran a number of games in the past such as Skyrim and Crisis 2, but never an AC game. I’d also love to meet the voice actor of Ezio. 

Col: Where can our community members find you online?

Michael: I have a new Twitter account where I keep track of the AC community and all the latest Ubisoft content.

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We would like to say a huge thank you to Michael for joining us for this round of AC Community Questions!

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Col: Which Assassin's Creed game is your favourite and why?

Michael: AC III - I loved the history, weapons, different environments and Connor’s character development. Especially with the twist that his father was a Templar. I also loved the introduction of the battle ship mechanics, which was a great addition to the franchise. 

Col: Have you visited any of the locations from the games? 

Michael: I’ve been to Rome, where I was able to explore the Castel Sant'Angelo, the Pantheon, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum. Whilst at the Castel Sant’Angelo I also recreated some assassin parkour photos.

Col: What would be your dream setting for the upcoming AC Netflix TV show.

Michael: My ideal location for an upcoming AC Netflix TV show would be Egypt, as this is one of my favourite historical periods and would be totally unique. 

Col: Where do you personally think the franchise is heading to next, and are you excited for the future of Assassin's Creed?

Michael: I’d love to see the franchise do something in the modern day, almost like the Kingsman, with honour and tradition in todays world. The idea of a modern day assassin in futurist city like Singapore or Dubai would be interesting take. 

Col: What are some of your most recent Assassin's Creed Community Projects, and what are you working on currently?

Michael: As I am new to the community I have only just starting writing content. So far I have recently written a Valhalla weapons guide for a fire build. However, I am looking to do more of this content over the coming months with a focus on how-to, and tips and tricks to optimise gameplay. 

Col: What do you think Ubisoft are planning to show at the September AC event?

Michael: I think Ubisoft are planning to show the new AC Title, in addition to the AC Infinity hub which I can see being marketed as a similar platform to the Halo Master Chief Collection/Halo Waypoint. 

All we can hope for is that the Ubisoft showcase is going to be more exciting than the September Apple announcements. 

Col: Do you collect AC merchandise? If so, what if your favourite item?

Michael: Not yet… I do collect Marvel, Harry Potter, Pokémon and Star Wars merchandise. The only AC merchandise that I remember owning is an original AC poster from HMV. If I could own any one piece of AC merchandise it would actually be a game, and that would be the Ezio Collection. 

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