This is the first year since 2009 we haven’t seen the launch of a main series Assassin’s Creed game – though we are still getting a movie, a remaster and two small “Chronicle” games. Ubisoft have said they are taking time with their headline franchises and giving them more time to innovate and improve before release.
Both Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, and editorial VP, Tommy Francois, spoke to IGN and Gamespot respectively earlier today confirming the speculation. Guillemot said that Assassin’s Creed will “be back when it’s ready” and that Ubisoft saw “that we had an opportunity to take it to another level, so we said we’ll take all the time it takes to make the experience fantastic.”
Meanwhile Francois, also taking about the Far Cry series, confirmed: “I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say this” but “we believe Alpha for these games needs to be one year before release”. Now that’s not the public tests like the one we just received for For Honor but more of a period in-house where the team can still tweak, change and improve the game after feedback has been gained.
That of course leads to longer times in production and the possibility that neither Assassin’s Creed or Far Cry will have a sequel released next year. That’s not as much as a surprise for Far Cry with Far Cry Primal having released earlier this year but Assassin’s Creed skipping another year would be very surprising – and hopefully a good refresh as the series has become the flagship industry “milking” standard-bearer.