They say the world will end in 2012. Well, hopefully not before Ubisoft finishes the current Assassin's Creed story arc.
What began in 2007 should finally end with the 2012 installment, as creative lead Alexandre Amacio told Eurogamer . He alludes to the "end of the world plot of December 2012" in the franchise, so obviously, they're going to have to finish things up next year. Said Amacio:
"We had such a complex and strong narrative that we ourselves did our best to just try to execute these games before that date. It would be stupid of us to be centring a game on a semi-reality and then have that conclusion happen after that date in real life."
So when Desmond – the actual main character, if you're unfamiliar – is finished with his lengthy quest, we'll get a new protagonist. Amacio said we've had the Altair and Ezio cycles and it's time to complete Desmond's cycle next year. But perhaps most interestingly is that with the end comes a "shift in approach to development at Ubisoft Montreal." So the annual release of the last few installments may come to a stop.
"We're already structuring the way we do Assassin's Creed, so it will no longer ever be like that. Our development approach is changing so our cycles aren't structured the same way – so it gives us a little bit more development time."
Translation: we don't want to get stale after next year. And we have to appreciate that, right?