Ubisoft is doing what Activision still hasn’t done despite plenty of reason they should. They’re not releasing an Assassin’s Creed game this year.
Crazy, right? The series has been yearly since 2009, with Assassin’s Creed 2. Unity was reamed by critics and most fans alike, but Syndicate seemed to have a pretty decent reception. Maybe sales have declined enough for Ubisoft to want to do something about it. It must be a lot harder to keep consumers engaged in a yearly single-player focused franchise than a multiplayer one like Call of Duty.
Of course if you just can’t resist the urge to stab and to climb, then there’s always Assassin’s Creed Chronicles. The Russia entry to that just came out this past week. And if you’d rather watch your stabbing and climbing, then the film should be out December of this year. So, there may not be a main entry into the Assassin’s Creed series this year, but naturally, the franchise isn’t temporarily disappearing off the face of earth.
Ubisoft says they’re taking a step back and re-examining the series in order to update the mechanics and ensure that Assassin’s Creed is the premier open world series. This will put them under a lot of pressure not to disappoint. I now expect the 2017 Assassin’s Creed game to be one of the series’ best, but I have lofty standards. Too, lofty perhaps.
It’s not like Ubisoft can rebuild the game from the ground up. We are only talking a year here. But considering the veritable army of people they tend to throw at the series, that may be enough time and resources to really shake up the formula.
Maybe they’ll just turn it into a pirate’s game, because we all know Black Flag was the best one.