Taking a much needed year off last year, the “Assassin’s Creed” game franchise returned to consoles and PC the other week with the Ancient Egypt-set “Assassin’s Creed: Origins”. Seems the gap year has proven beneficial.
Ubisoft is reporting a marked increase in sales compared to the most recent mainline entry in the series, 2015’s “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate,” with sales for this latest entry reportedly up 100% in comparison based on the first ten days of sales of the game.
Ubisoft came under fire in 2014 when “Assassin’s Creed: Unity” launched to scathing reviews slamming the game which was rushed out to meet an annual deadline as opposed to fulfilling a need for it – resulting in an unfinished product full of glitches.
Reviews for ‘Syndicate’ were stronger, but the damage had been done and sales were down – leading to the company taking a year off and trying to revitalise the franchise. It appears they’ve succeeded and reviews for this entry are the best for the franchise since 2013’s “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag”.
Creatively they also opted to acquiese to fan demand for a setting they had previously avoided – ancient Egypt. Whether they’ll follow this up with other settings fans have long clamored to see including 14th century feudal Japan, the Roman empire at its height, or the 13th century Mongol sacking of Baghdad remains to be seen.
Source: Cinema Blend