"I'm about to pull the plug on your Subject 17. So either get me results or get another person in that Animus."
- Alan Rikkin to Warren Vidic
Alan Rikkin is the current Chief Executive Officer of Abstergo Industries and a member of the Inner Sanctum of the Templar Order. Rikkin serves as the main antagonist of the present day storyline in the 2008 video-game Assassin's Creed (along with Warren Vidic), and a minor and unseen, albeit Bigger Bad antagonist in later games in the series. He is also intended to appear in the Assassin's Creed live-action movie, portrayed by Jeremy Irons, who voiced Scar in The Lion King and portrayed Profion in the live-action Dungeons and Dragons movie.
Alan Rikkin became the CEO of Abstergo Industries in January 2012, following the demise of his unnamed predecessor.
He oversaw the Animus Project supervised by Dr. Warren Vidic and Lucy Stillman, reviewing the data obtained from Subjects 12-16. By the start of Assassin's Creed, he was becoming frustrated that it was taking a few days for Desmond Miles – Subject 17 – to synchronise with the memory they needed to map the locations of the Pieces of Eden, one of which would replace the Apple needed to power the Eye-Abstergo satellite. Desmond was able to review e-mails between Warren Vidic and Rikkin, as Rikkin seemed to be losing patience with Vidic over his supposed inability to carry out their plan with Eye-Abstergo. This plan, however, was jeopardised by Desmond Miles escaping the Abstergo facility in Rome with help from Lucy at the start of Assassin's Creed II.
Putting Eye-Abstergo on hold
By Assassin's Creed III, following Desmond's attack on the Rome facility on December 2012 to rescue the captured William Miles (which resulted in Desmond killing Daniel Cross and Vidic), the lack of an Apple of Eden forced Rikkin to put Eye-Abstergo on hold indefinitely.
He was also credited in the credits of the Liberation video-game made by Abstergo Entertainment as the CEO of the company.
Assassin's Creed (film)
In 2016, Vidic captures Callum Lynch, who has the genetic memories of Spanish Assassin Augilar de Nerha. His daughter, Sophia Rikkin, oversaw the project to see these memories explored.
Edits begin December 21st, 2016
- As shown in e-mails accessible in the original Assassin's Creed game, Alan doesn't seem to have a lot of respect for Warren Vidic or Lucy Stillman, showing signs of being impatient towards them both. In other such e-mails that can be found on the Abstergo Industries website (made by Ubisoft, the creators of Assassin's Creed), Rikkin showed that he didn't know certain historical facts, believing Guy Fawkes to have been involved in the French Revolution; when corrected, he claimed "Don't contradict my dates like that again. We are making history here, the past is largely irrelevant."
- The production team behind the Assassin's Creed movie posted a picture of Alan Rikkin's business card on Twitter. If one should call the numbers on the card, a voice message from Jeremy Irons as Rikkin can be heard.