This is probably the first year since 2009 in which we haven’t seen an Assassin’s Creed title (thank God for that!), and though a major title in the series is expeted to release next year, it may not happen after all.
In an interview with Gamespot, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guilllemot said that Assassin’s Creed will be “back when it’s ready”, and we shouldn’t expect a sequel in 2017.
“What we saw in the development of the next Assassin’s Creed was that we had an opportunity to take it to another level,” Guillemot said. “So we said we’ll take all the time it takes to make the experience fantastic. It was feasible because we have other games. There’s a huge potential in this game to revolutionise the IP, so we said, ‘Let’s make sure we change our model so we have more time and that we can bring back a greater experience.’
Additionally, Tommy Francois, the Ubisoft editorial VP said in an inerview with IGN that both Assasssin’s Creed and Far Cry titles are in development, but they aren’t committed to release anytime in 2017. He said, “We believe Alpha for these games needs to be one year before release,” he explained. “We’re trying to achieve that. That’s super f***ing blunt, I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say this. This is the goal we’re going for: Alpha one year before, more quality, more polish. So if this means biting the bullet and not having an Assassin’s game or a Far Cry in 2017, f*** it.”
Offering further clarification on the “Alpha”, Francois said that “Alpha is just saying getting stuff done, but leaving time for polish and innovation.” This means that it masy actually be an open Alpha as Ubisoft did with For Honor.
In other news, Assassin’s Creed is indeed getting a movie adaptation later this year, starring Michael Fassbender, scheduled for release around 21st December.
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