Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise could be permanently ditching its annual release model with Kotaku news editor Jason Schreier (via Games Radar) reporting that the franchise is likely to sit out offering a new entry this year.
In an earnings call yesterday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot suggested that Ubisoft won’t be concentrating on a new title – instead, the focus will be on downloadable content for last year’s “Assassin’s Creed: Origins”. He says: “We are concentrating on [sic] the moment on AC: Origins for which we are going to launch a few other DLCs. You will be amazed by what will come on ACO, so that’s the only thing we can say now.”
Ubisoft adopted the “Call of Duty” annual release model for the series for several years, but the bug-plagued 2014 entry “Assassin’s Creed: Unity” left a sour taste in many gamers mouths and they took it out on the next game in the cycle “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate” with weak sales.
That resulted in the company sitting out 2016 and retooling the franchise a bit with ‘Origins’ which arrived late last year to strong reviews thanks to that extra year of development time. Now they’re likely sitting it out again for 2018 with a new entry to come in 2019. What the setting could be – feudal Japan, the Dark Ages, the Viking invasions, the Spanish conquest of South America, the Russian Revolution, etc. – is unknown.
Along with the DLC, a current generation console remaster of “Assassin’s Creed Rogue” is coming next month so fans of the series will have plenty to keep them occupied. Ubisoft is also busy with the release of “Far Cry 5” on March 27th.
Source: Games Radar