If they plan on turning Assassin's Creed into an annual franchise like Call of Duty and Madden , we'd like to issue a warning to Ubisoft.

Not that we don't love the AC series – 'cuz we really do – and it's not that we wouldn't want a new title every year; it's just that we wonder if they can maintain that high level of quality in such a short span of time, year in and year out. We haven't been sure if Ubisoft would attempt another installment in 2011 but it appears they will:

In speaking to MCV , publisher CEO Yves Guillemot said a new Assassin's Creed will indeed arrive in 2011 and it'll be "something interesting around the…brand." That statement concerns us just a tad, because we think the gameplay is pretty damn awesome the way it is; they can give us a new protagonist and a new setting, but messing with a winning formula… That would be vexing. By the way, in that same interview, Guillemot expressed his ambition to vault over either EA or Activision (or both) on the global video game publisher scale of power.

"We are the number three company in the world on our own – and our goal is to beat those guys. We got from number 25 to number three, so we think we can continue and that it is possible. It’s not certain, of course, but we are taking the steps that we think will get us there."

And Assassin's Creed is one of the biggest reasons why Ubisoft is in the position they're in; we just want them to remember that this is due to AC's quality. So don't let that go away.

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JSwayze
JSwayze
9 years ago

Haha, I stopped buying ASSassin Creed after the first one…boring game.

And does this game sell well for it to be released every year

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

Yeah, AC2 sold something around 7 million copies overall, and I'm sure Brotherhood is higher than that. So yeah, its definitely warranting more sequels each year sales-wise.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Jeepers, what a negative nancy.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

It's usually only boring for those with really low attention spans.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

I found the original boring… but my attention span does seem to lapse nowadays. Ordered the second one this weekend past, so I hope to get it and check out the improvements sometime soon.
Peace.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

The first wasn't so much as boring for me as it was so repetitive. I thought as a whole it was a great game and by the end I loved the story, but ugh it took all I had to get through it. But assassins creed 2 and Brotherhood changed all that. Love what they've done so far in the series and Ezio, at first I really wanted to see Altair back but Ezio is a bad ass. Plus they payed tribute so it's all good…


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 4/12/2011 1:09:37 AM

___________
___________
9 years ago

the original was really boring because of the cut and paste missions.
most repetitive game ever!!!!!
though judging AC2 from AC1 is a MASSIVE mistake!
the 2 could not be more different from each other!

JSwayze
JSwayze
9 years ago

Hmm, Ben's being a smart*** again…..

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Better than just being an ass!

At least he's smart.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Different folks have different ideas of boredom, I think exploring and breaking into houses and messing around way off mission in Elder Scrolls and Fallout games is great, but lots of people think its boring.

That said, AC1 was boring to me, how much time do I really wanna spend riding a horse around a giant map hoping that going slow mean nobody can see me?


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 4/12/2011 9:20:41 AM

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

I'm not liking this. I absolutely hate series that start doing annual installments, because its almost like you can feel the quality ooze out of them year after year. The problem is, I love Assassin's Creed, so its gonna be really hard to determine whether I should continue to support it or not in the coming years. Only time will tell.

Btw, if this "interesting" approach to the "brand" is a multiplayer-only/multiplayer-centric game of any kind, count me out. I'll only accept a full installment with a satisfying single player campaign that gives us a new setting, a new main character, and far more focus on Desmond's story. Multiplayer comes second to that.

Gabriel013
Gabriel013
9 years ago

I agree with you to some extent, but if releasing an MP only version means that they can focus on the proper Assassins Creed single player game for the likes of us, then let them do it.

I just won't buy it either.

Has to be better than them diluting our SP game by wasting resource on incorporating a MP element.


Last edited by Gabriel013 on 4/12/2011 12:42:17 AM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Wow, this is quickly turning into Guitar Hero, only buggier.

Stupid, Ubisoft's CEO was crowing about how we need a new console generation so they can create new IP's. These buffoons need to stop milking this franchise and just create a new IP this gen. These guys can't even code correctly for the current gen of consoles and they want a new one already

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

*fist bump*

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

"now bump my fist" ha!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

*Whoosh* Woa, that flew right over my head.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Ha, it's from The Yes Man.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I did see that, but I may or may not have been inebriated at the time.

FxTales
FxTales
9 years ago

*sigh* So there it goes, being number 1 is more important than producing a quality game.

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

like any other corporation they just want to make sure they are being green and recycling as much as possible.

The Doom
The Doom
9 years ago

I miss the old days when it was more about haing fun and playing games with good quality. Now its all about milking series til theres nothing left. If they start doing annual releases along with degrading the quality , I will stop buying any game from this series and start calling it Ass-assin's Greed…along with Cock Of Doody


Last edited by The Doom on 4/11/2011 9:52:42 PM

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

If they can offer enough elements to keep the seemingly episodic AC experience interesting, great. Otherwise, I think the "to much of a good thing is a bad thing" could aptly apply.

Mog
Mog
9 years ago

I'm just hoping that the mental hospital is not included in this game. I find it a let down.

(I know its not a mental hospital but I like to call it that)

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I need a mental hospital stay after this announcement.

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

What other games does Ubi have besides AC? Prince of Persia?

Yeah, I can't see Ubisoft overtaking anyone with just these two franchises.

No dis on AC, I thought 2 was awesome, and I have Brotherhood waiting to be played.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Call of Creed eh? You can always tell how much a dev respects a franchise by how often it comes out.

Give it a rest and make BG&E2.

*Checks Collection* Yup, no Ubisoft games this gen.

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

"Give it a rest and make BG&E2."

Didn't they release a teaser trailer for that game??? What the hell happen to it???

I thought it would have been out by now. Judging from there comments doesn't look like well be seeing it nowhere in the near future. They should just pass the project to someone else.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

I'm not sure what "qualities" of AC you think are going to all of a sudden go away, but to me, they've got a great engine which they continue to make improvements to and a great story and setting. How is releasing a new city to explore and new assassination missions every year going to reduce its quality? This is Ubisoft. They're not a little run of the mill dev. They can EASILY release a new AC game every year that people will buy and enjoy.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Here here!

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Gee, didn't we ask the same thing about Call of Duty after Modern Warfare? The same questions?

Gabriel013
Gabriel013
9 years ago

With annual installments I can see the story being less intriguing and shorter. I can also see the development of the game engine taking a knock as due to a lack of development time they are forced to use the same game engine over and over without giving time for significant improvements.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Well, for me Ben, I'm ok with using a mechanic that works. For SP, Modern Warfare seems to be pretty good.

My problem is this difference: CoD's main selling feature is the multiplayer and the brokenness of it makes it of low value for me. AC has on occasion had minor issues like screen tearing, but it hasn't ever been unplayable. CoD tends to bail on me numerous times.

Now I'm not all be-all-end-all on AC, either. The AC:B multiplayer issues of friends ALWAYS being "Unreachable" and partying up being near impossible to do at times is a cricism I won't ignore. That needs to be fixed, and it seems they will do no such thing. A shame, really.

So, yeah, I would be open to loving Modern Warefare more if they could make a fixed version of their main selling point: The multiplayer.

AC, on the other hand, delivers what I want and they deliver it well. That's the difference.

___________
___________
9 years ago

this is ubisoft………. thats EXACTLY what has us worried!
cough splinter cell………..

VampDeLeon
VampDeLeon
9 years ago

As long as it doesn't start to become repetitive (which would be hard, there's more than enough plots that could take place in any early time). They do have the game and fighting system already grounded, like how majority of the Final Fantasy series did with turn-base style.

LittleBigMidget
LittleBigMidget
9 years ago

If this happens, I won't buy anymore AC games. Assassin's Creed is a game that needs an ending, a finale. The story doesn't need to be drolled on any further an AC4.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

That's a good point. However they could let them be several stories, with several grand finales along the way? Assassins Creed could become more like an umbrella title for several stories within the same universe.
I think that'd work.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

I don't understand all the negativity.

The AC franchise has been an amazing experience for me and the best this generation for me. There isn't a single franchise, exclusive or multiplat, that I have liked more than the AC series thus far. That includes Uncharted and GOW. So sue me. (What? Don't look at me like that! You know I always talk about their quality highly, and anyone who questions my pro-sony opinions doesn't know me very well!)

I understand the worry over annual installments, but until you actually see them make a crappy game, I don't get the big deal. So far, each installment has only gotten better and better. (I admit the initial one was repetitive, but they improved by an absolute MILE!) Once you see it begin to plateau, that's when you worry. Not while it's on the up and up.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

It bleeds into the production once the devs have been told "Just push one out every year and we'll be happy"

Hell is repetition.

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
9 years ago

An online multiplayer only game?

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

I notice he said 'brand'. It sort of makes me wonder that this 'interesting' thing won't necessarily be a part of the game, or perhaps it'll be another spin-off examining Subject 16, or the events surrounding the background of the story. Maybe it'll be a set of shorter games, like GTA: Episodes, that explore Abstergo's hunt for more of the whatchamecallems. Who knows… As long as it doesn't follow Ezio again, it should indeed be interesting.

Also, Ubisoft also previously announced that they wanted to annualise their key franchises, and that has, so far, been relatively successful, with AC2 and Brotherhood being released in consecutive years to decent sales. The same goes for PoP, with PoP '09, The Forgotten Sands, and the Trilogy for this year.

As for their desire to be number 1. It's possible. They've got Rayman for the Nintendo Crowd, AC and PoP as their action/adventure games and the Tom Clancy series for War afficianados, Driver, and let's not forget From Dust, Child of Eden and I Am Alive. Just sayin' it could happen.
Peace.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Well I welcome this, but I hope this isn't a spin off or cash in because I want ACIII and this story to be over. But why this fall, there are like a million games already coming out that I want more than this like UC3, ME3, Skyrim, Batman, maybe RE3, Dark Souls, BF3, etc. Jesus Christ

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Hmmm, I'm pretty sure nobody's making a Jesus Christ game.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Didn't the Flander's kids in The Simpsons have a "Convert the Heathen's" game?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I made Jesus Christ as a staff wielding sandal wearing warrior in soul calibur 4.

mehrab2603
mehrab2603
9 years ago

They have enough people to bring an AC every year, yet they can't bring out Beyond Good and Evil 2? Don't get me wrong, I love AC, in fact it's in my top 3 this gen, but I want a new BG&E so bad.

Kai200X
Kai200X
9 years ago

I would love to play another Assassin's Creed this year. I always have fun with the series and can't wait to find out more what happene next after the conclusion of Brotherhood.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

The problem with annual releases is that no matter how good they are they no longer will be the big events they'd otherwise be. It's no longer "YESSS soon the NEW AC is out!!". It'll be more like "Another AC *already*? Damn I just finished the last one…?".

Take GTA for example. That's a world event every time it's released. I like that in a game. The hype, the speculations, the wait itself.
Like a huge movie, or the holiday you've dreamed about for years.


Last edited by Beamboom on 4/12/2011 2:45:00 AM

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

That's a good point. If you see the same thing over and over it does get boring, and it loses that intrigue. I like the way you think Beamboom.

___________
___________
9 years ago

AC avoids that though, by having a fantastic story, in fact the best ever seen in a game!
and by having unique gameplay.
the only game out that has even remotely similar gameplay as AC, is PoP but the combat system in thats totally different!
thats why ubisoft can afford to constantly release yearly sequels and people not get bored.
because where else are they going to get there fix?

with shooters, music games, RPGs, RTS, almost any genre you have heaps of games similar to yours so theres constantly a new game similar to yours out.
AC has the luxury of not being in that crowd though, its one of the very few games that has no imitators!

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

He's talking about the spectacle of the release of a new game… not the mechanics of it or whatever. Take a look at CoD: Once MW came out, everyone jumped on board the bandwagon, but after BO, it seems that it's become more of a ho-hum affair and people get it because their friends are, not because of any real interest in the series anymore.

AC does NOT have that luxury, as the MP is, from what I gather, not all that impressive. I remember the announcement of AC2 wasn't met with the greatest interest by many, because of the lacklustre nature of the first, but it proved itself. Brotherhood garnered interest, but also potentially put a lot of people off, given that it continued the story of Ezio (as awesome as he may be) when it could have, and I think should have followed a different ancestor.

Believe me, if Ubi go about it the wrong way, then Assassin's Creed can easily fall. It may have a strong following, but if becomes too similar with each subsequent outing, they will turn on it, far worse than has happened thus far to CoD.
Peace.