Ubisoft is planning a new Assassin’s Creed title for release this year. During an investors conference call, Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot made the announcement. And by “announcement,” we really mean “said the thing we all expected anyways.”
But maybe what is shocking about this “reveal” is that the next Assassin’s Creed game will feature a new lead protagonist (It’s been nice knowing you, Connor!), a new setting, and will be developed by a new studio.
“We are delighted and proud to announce today that in [fiscal 2014], we will introduce an all-new Assassin’s Creed hero,” said Guillemot. “With an all new team and time period. We expect it to be another major leap forward for the franchise. [This] is the benefit of multiple teams working on multiple chapters of the project, each [gets] several years to make their versions of an Assassin’s Creed game.”
We’ve been seeing Assassin’s Creed games coming out yearly since the launch of Assassin’s Creed II back in 2009. This next Assassin’s Creed will be the fifth home console game in five years. That feeling you feel is the franchise fatigue setting in.
The last AC release, Assassin’s Creed III, suffered from some horrendous bugs and fell below our expectations. It’s commendable that Ubisoft is giving studios multiple years to work on these vast titles, as is implied by Guillemot’s quote about rotating development teams, but if Assassin’s Creed III is any indication, it doesn’t always equate to a better game in the end.
Hopefully the next Assassin’s Creed title bucks this ugly trend. We’ll be back with more when we hear it.