You want Assassin’s Creed every year

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Just like last year, there’s a new Assassin’s Creed on its way this year. It’s resulted in a bit of an internal struggle; one the one hand, Assassin’s Creed 3’s mundane mediocrity made me swear off the series for good, but on the other hand, thar be pirates. Still, I’m of the opinion that an annualised Assassin’s Creed is just too much. Ubisoft believes that’s not the case.

Eurogamer asked Ubisoft Montreal boss Yannis Malla if he thought that fans would grow weary of the series thanks to its annualisation.

“No. The players will tell us. Right now there are more and more coming into the franchise, so I don’t see that day. It’s our breakthrough,” he said.

“When you have quality content, the frequency of coming out with the game is not an issue at all. On the contrary, people expect more and more of that content. So it’s natural to be able to provide that content. The gamers are happy and it’s our job to make them happy.”

Ubisoft’s gone and done an Activision on us, giving Assassin’s Creed a cyclical development with multiple studios working on the franchise so at least the developers aren’t getting tired of all that Assassin’s Creed.

“When we say we are annualising the franchise, we don’t say the teams only have one year to work on a project. Assassin’s Creed is mature enough in terms of reaching the critical mass of players and community, but also in terms of envisioning enough content for years to come, and in terms of technology to sustain all that. And more importantly, it’s mature enough in growing the talent and the core teams so we can have several core teams working on the next one and other projects on the brand,” he said.

“That’s why every Assassin’s Creed has one dedicated core team working more than one year on their projects. We call that a roadmap. It takes into account the creative content – the settings, the where and what – the technology and the team.

“We have several teams. So they are resting. The team that has delivered Assassin’s Creed 3, they’re not working on Black Flag. They’re resting. They are refreshing their minds and then working on something else that is not announced.”

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is coming to everything capable of playing games – including next-gen consoles -  in October this year. Expect a new Assassin’s Creed to be announced just months afterward.

Last Updated: April 2, 2013

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Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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