Ubisoft didn’t release a new entry in the “Assassin’s Creed” video game franchise this year, chalking up the issue to understandable franchise fatigue.
Now, Ubisoft CCO Serge Hascoet has spoken with French newspaper Le Monde (via Polygon and confirmed the next title in the series will make some major changes for the new entry which will put the emphasis less on scripted narrative and back on gameplay.
The aim is to make the characters and world more interesting to players so that they can “amuse themselves,” players will be able to identify opportunities to tell their own story and utilise emergent gameplay elements. Effectively the plan is to have a world with a style of game more akin to the “Grand Theft Auto” series and recent reboot of the “Hitman” franchise.
Ubisoft has been experimenting with this in the two most recent “Far Cry” games along with “Watch Dogs 2,” but they want to take it further with the next ‘Creed’. The next game in the series is expected to launch late next year, while the film adaptation of the series opens next month.