Assassin's Creed Continues Annual Release Plan
We had heard that Ubisoft might take some extra time making the next Assassin's Creed but obviously, the lure of the annual payoff was just too enticing.
After Ubisoft reported their first-half earnings, CEO Yves Guillemot confirmed that the next entry in the critically acclaimed franchise would arrive in 2012. Said Guillemot:
"I have the pleasure to announce today that there will be another full-fledged Assassin's Creed title next year. It will be another major release, and we will be communicating more about it in the coming months."
Assassin's Creed: Revelations drops next week; it finishes the story of Ezio, who has been the protagonist in each of the last two entries (Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood). Now, we've questioned the annualization of franchises like AC before, and we remain a touch concerned. I have nothing but high expectations for Revelations, and the series remains my second favorite of the generation behind Uncharted.
But how much can they really do in less than a year? How fast will the engine get old? How will the narrative suffer? Perhaps we should focus on the good side, though: a year isn't a lot of time to create freshness and innovative, but you can't really ruin anything in that span of time, either.
11/8/2011 8:45:44 PM Ben Dutka