Alexandre Amacio, creative director on Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, has said that the story of near-future linchpin character Desmond will conclude in 2012.

Desmond’s story is leading to a crescendo around the ancient Mayan prophecy that the world will end in December 2012. As such, the series needs to wrap up Desmond’s story before that date.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Amacio said, “In Assassin’s Creed we set up a timeline with this whole end of the world plot of December 2012. That’s fast approaching, and the story we have to tell, we obviously need to do it before we arrive at that point.

“We had such a complex and strong narrative that we ourselves did our best to just try to execute these games before that date,” he continued. “It would be stupid of us to be centring a game on a semi-reality and then have that conclusion happen after that date in real life.”

Amacio added that if the Assassin’s Creed series continues beyond 2012, it will necessarily feature new protagonists.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will be released on the 15th of November for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It is expected to be released on PC in the weeks following.