It’s no secret that I’m a huge Assassin’s Creed fan. My god, this series has been going for what seems like a century and every year, one just gets cranked out the freshly pressed Ubisoft printer/make-a-game thingy… Right, they’re called developers. Sorry, it’s been a while.
Having said that, imagine my shock when I learned that there wouldn’t be an Assassin’s Creed title this year…Ahem…Well, no new Assassins Creed title this year. I suppose, they don’t really need one with a remastered version of the Ezio trilogy to be released in November and the movie coming out in December. I guess that as long as there is some form of Assassin’s Creed media hitting the market, Ubisoft is happy. And of course, chumps like me will throw my wallet directly at them in order to play a title on the PS4 even though I have it on PS3 and PC. Unfortunately for me, they will return my sad wallet anyway, as there is no money in it which leaves me feeling no different because… Hey, that’s what credit is for!! (Mwahahahah)
In all seriousness though, despite the great success of Black Flag, which was due to the innovative, and refined sailing and naval warfare mechanics that was initially introduced in AC3, and the addition of underwater exploration, I think a sabbatical is a great idea. The game has been needing some time off since Assassins Creed 3. AC Rouge had a decent story (psstt…don’t tell anyone but I didn’t even know about Rouge until I saw it on the shelf on release day), and Unity and Syndicate were cool, but nothing new really came into it. I played them, I enjoyed them, hell, I even platinum-ed them, but nothing truly special ever stirred within me from playing them.
The other day over at IGN, I read that Assassins Creed and Far Cry might not come out in 2017 either. The reasons given were that Tommy François, Ubisoft VP of Editorial, wants time to polish the game and if changes need to be made, then have the time to do so. Same old shtick that gamers have been saying for years, but it’s nice that someone on team Ubi is actually implementing it now. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if either one is announced for 2017 anyway.
This is just my observation; it seems as though Ubisoft is taking a break from the gaming side of AC to concentrate on entering into other mainstream media. A new division within Ubisoft has been created specifically for books based on their most popular franchises. A new Assassin’s Creed book, titled Heresy, is set to be released next month, but due to the creation of this new division, it was written by a new author.
Ubi is analyzing everything with a fine-tooth-comb and have their fingers in every pie you can think of (mmm, pie).
They really are Abstergo.