Assassin's Creed II Isn't Intimidated By Modern Warfare 2
Many titles have already jumped ship: they escaped the 2009 holiday crunch that would force them to face off with certain blockbusters like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. But not every publisher is frightened; one is even confident.
Of course, it helps to have a bad-ass game in the hopper. Assassin's Creed II is slated to arrive just around the time Infinity Ward and Activision's aforementioned mega-title drops, but Ubisoft's creative director Patrice Desilets says he ain't worried. As he told VG247 last week at GamesCom, the inherent difference in gameplay is what will allow both titles to be successful. Furthermore, he reminded everyone that the original Assassin's Creed went head-to-head with the first Modern Warfare in 2007...and still managed to sell 9 million units. Betcha didn't know that. Desilets went on to say:
"People, when they want their first-person shooter fix, they buy Modern Warfare. If you want you a swords, running on rooftops, big open city fix, this is it. And there are people that want to play that, and they don’t want to play the game with guns."
Well, it's certainly true that fans of one game may not find the other game appealing; one is runnin' and gunnin' while the other is in an entirely different setting and requires patience and stealth. Also, bear in mind that ACII will be a significant upgrade over the original; everything we've seen and heard thus far, from all the relevant details to gameplay footage straight from E3 and most recently from GamesCom, has us convinced. We want this game. Perhaps even more than Modern Warfare 2...
8/25/2009 Ben Dutka