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?