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This year will mark the first time since 2009 that Ubisoft has not released a new main series Assassin’s Creed game. It was expected by a number of people that the next game would skip a year and be out the next, however recent comments made by Yves Guillemot suggest it is very possible that it could be even longer until another game in the series is released with there perhaps not being an Assassin’s Creed game next year either.

In an interview with Gamespot, when asked about an Assassin’s Creed game not coming out this year, Yves Guillemot had this to say.

“What we saw in the development of the next [Assassin’s Creed] was that we had an opportunity to take it to another level. So we said we’ll take all the time it takes to make the experience fantastic. It was feasible because we have other games. There’s a huge potential in this game to revolutionize the IP, so we said, “Let’s make sure we change our model so we have more time and that we can bring back a greater experience. . . It will be back when it’s ready. That’s when we feel we have something there.”

When asked to clarify that it didn’t necessarily mean there would be one out in 2017, Yves Guillemot just replied, “Yeah. It will be when it’s ready.”

From what Yves Guillemot has said here, it seems Ubisoft are trying new things with the IP and aren’t too worried about taking their time doing so. Assassin’s Creed II was the game that set the blue print that later games in the series have followed without straying too far from, leading to criticism of the series last few entries.

Having a game out every year can really stifle creativity and lead to a series becoming stale. Ubisoft stepping back in order to try something new with the Assassin’s Creed IP could be a good thing for the series longevity.  Them trying to “revolutionize the IP” could be just what it needed.

Even though there wont be a new main Assassin’s Creed game this year, Ubisoft still very much have their foot on the peddle with there to be a re-release of the three Ezio Auditore games in one bundle, plus the Assassin’s Creed movie staring Michael Fassbender out this fall, and two books, last descendants, coming out back in August, and the newly announced Assassin’s Creed Joan of Arc Novel, set to come it in November. Also the fact that the last two entries of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles were released this year. And lets not forget the mobile game, Assassin’s Creed: Identity. So that’s a re-released game, movie, two books, two entries to AC: Chronicles and a new mobile game. 2016 will still be flooded with Assassins Creed with or without a new main entry to the series.

How do you feel about Ubisoft taking their time to work on a new main series entry? Do you think it’s what those games needed or were you happy with the last few entries?

Sam Mcarthur-Mclean

Staff Writer

Writer for TechRaptor since 2014. An avid follower of the gaming industry that loves to write about it. Currently a student. From Glasgow, Scotland.

  • BurntToShreds

    Ubisoft needs to look at how ACII, Brotherhood (I liked Revelations but I know it wasn’t a masterpiece) and Black Flag were well-received, check in on why those titles got their acclaim, and channel what people liked about those games into their future titles.

  • coboney

    To be fair – they do seem to be taking time on their next mainline release. Even if they want to make use of the property in every other way possible.

  • SevTheBear

    So what I get from this is they final get that their games has become repetitive and boring and sales has fallen + maybe, just maybe it would be a good idea to do a prober QC before release.

    *AC3* was REALLY BAD but I gave them one more chance with the next title. *AC4: Black Flag* was the nail in the coffin for me and I stop caring about the series and. The only game I have gotten from them the last 3 years is *The Division*… and boy did I regret that one -__-‘

    (Tip to you all. Don’t buy a bad game just because it has a co-op and a game buddy ask you to)

  • SevTheBear

    I wanna see it before I believe 😛

    The day Ubisoft stop milking their games to death, is the day the AAA industry stops releasing incomplete and buggy games at launch 😉

  • Sebastian Mikulec

    Hopefully it’s later than 2017, much later. The series needs a long hiatus.

  • Sebastian Mikulec

    What I liked about Black Flag was that it was the least Assassin’s Creed of the Assassin’s Creed games ever made. When it was just about being a pirate and doing pirate things and not the whole Templar and Assassin garbage the game was sublime.

  • coboney

    Ubisoft is learning that there are more ways to milk a game other then releasing mainline titles every year and rushing it out.

    I mean look at all the stuff they are doing with the IP this year that keep it making money as they let the main series breathe and worked on. Spinoffs as well.

  • SevTheBear

    Yeah you are right. Really just wish they would stop choking their IPs (hell I wish 80% of the AAA industry would stop doing it)

  • DynastyStar

    Please let it end up being like a 5-10 year hiatus.

  • Chris Anderson

    You’re essentially asking the industry to stop releasing games of IP that make them tons of money. Not gonna happen.

  • SevTheBear

    No I wish they would stop making shitty boring ones. If they are good ones they can pump them out as much as they want. But you are right, it ain’t gonna happen.

  • Chris Anderson

    Games being “shitty” is entirely subjective, though. You might not like something (like AC 3, for example) while other people love it.

  • darksparda4

    I just want a proper AC: China game with Shao Jun and AC: Japan game with cool looking combat and environments. That’s literally all I want from AC Ubisoft, do the nice things everyone wants.

  • SevTheBear

    True I cannot denied that. “Shitty” was a bad choose of word for me to used. Disappointing is more fitting I think. I liked AC1 and AC2. But after that it all just went down hill.