For fans of the open-world series Assassin’s Creed, reading the news about the mainline series skipping a year so Ubisoft can focus on quality over quantity is probably a breath of fresh air. They made the announcement tucked behind some new details about the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender.
“we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.”
Is that… is that humility I see? Humility spawned from the dried well that used to be filled with a flowing spring of water?
The sales for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate were apparently dire… dire enough to make Ubisoft reevaluate their stance despite the fact that the game itself was not a bug-ridden mess like Assassin’s Creed Unity. However, people were burned and burned badly and they weren’t stepping foot back into the virtual realm of Abstergo once again just to risk a game that could launch broken and require six months worth of patches to bring it up to par.
Despite racking up more than $14.8 million in digital sales, as reported by Lazy Gamer, it was further revealed that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s overall sales were vastly impacted by the perception set forth by Assassin’s Creed Unity, as detailed by PCGamesN, and no amount of playable females in the game were going to change that. In the interim Ubisoft has been rolling out smaller games in the Assassin’s Creed universe, such as Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India and the recently released Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia.
But back on the subject matter of Abstergo… Ubisoft did let loose some new details on the upcoming movie being produced by and starring X-Men‘s Magneto, Michael Fassbender.
They explained in the post that the movie will visit the “halls of Abstergo” and that the movie will feature replica weapons from the Assassin’s arsenal. And in tradition of the series, the typical Assassins versus Templar will be the centrifuge of the film.
I don’t have a whole lot of high hopes for the movie given the past movies based on video games, such as Prince of Persia, which was a really mediocre film by all standards of the word “mediocre”. But we’ll see what they come up with when December 21st, 2016 rolls around and Fassbender gets his crack at headlining a blockbuster video game movie.
As for Assassin’s Creed taking a year off? I agree with Game Informer that this is what’s best for the series. When rumors spawned earlier in the year that this what Ubisoft was doing most people said “Good!”. But let’s hope that they follow in the footsteps of Activision with their three-year cycle and ensure that even if the game isn’t great or innovative, it’s at least competently made, relatively bug-free, and most importantly… fun.