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New Assassin's Creed For This Year

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.

Tags: assassins creed, assassin''''s creed iii, ubisoft, ac3

4/11/2011 8:58:04 PM John Shepard

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Comments (63 posts)

JSwayze
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 9:32:57 PM
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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

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Lairfan
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 9:36:19 PM

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.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 12:16:10 AM

Jeepers, what a negative nancy.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 12:27:34 AM

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

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 12:57:47 AM

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.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 1:08:52 AM

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...

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___________
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 4:39:53 AM

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!

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JSwayze
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 5:07:03 AM

Hmm, Ben's being a smart*** again.....

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Underdog15
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 8:37:50 AM

Better than just being an ass!

At least he's smart.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 9:20:21 AM

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?

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Lairfan
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 9:35:27 PM
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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.

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 12:41:21 AM

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.

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Jawknee
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 9:38:43 PM
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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

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 10:35:57 PM

*fist bump*

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Jawknee
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 10:40:06 PM

"now bump my fist" ha!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 10:48:30 PM

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

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Jawknee
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 10:54:22 PM

Ha, it's from The Yes Man.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:18:39 PM

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

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FxTales
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 9:43:46 PM
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*sigh* So there it goes, being number 1 is more important than producing a quality game.

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frylock25
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 9:45:38 PM
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like any other corporation they just want to make sure they are being green and recycling as much as possible.

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The Doom
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 9:50:04 PM
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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

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Temjin001
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 9:50:47 PM
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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.

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Mog
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 9:59:34 PM
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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)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 10:37:26 PM

I need a mental hospital stay after this announcement.

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cLoudou
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 10:26:21 PM
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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.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 10:42:03 PM
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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.

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 11:46:52 PM

"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.

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Alienange
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:26:44 PM
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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.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 12:17:34 AM

Here here!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 12:28:08 AM

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

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 12:46:46 AM

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.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 8:44:49 AM

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.

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___________
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 8:55:47 AM

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

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VampDeLeon
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:44:50 PM
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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.

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LittleBigMidget
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 11:55:05 PM
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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.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 2:36:37 AM

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.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 12:21:28 AM
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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.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 9:22:54 AM

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.

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Kangasfwa
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 12:49:45 AM
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An online multiplayer only game?

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 1:17:25 AM
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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.

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FM23
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 1:53:00 AM
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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

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 2:19:19 AM

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

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Underdog15
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 8:47:14 AM

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

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 9:23:58 AM

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

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mehrab2603
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 1:55:44 AM
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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.

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Kai200X
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 2:25:11 AM
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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.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 2:43:32 AM
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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.


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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 4:17:19 AM

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.

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___________
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 4:46:57 AM

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!

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 6:11:22 AM

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.

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___________
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 8:53:35 AM

you cant compare AC to COD because 1 COD is all about the MP and 2 theres heaps of clones of COD, but theres no clones of AC.
as you said most people buy COD because there friends do.
not because they like how it plays, not because of the SP, because there friends have it and they want to play online together.
how much you want to bet that if you could play together in different games CODs sales would drop in half?
id wager 100.

AC wont die because if your craving a game of its gameplay where do you go?
PoP is the closest game to it, but its combat system, side missions, the only thing similar between the 2 is the platforming, and even thats fairly different!
the fact is if you want a game of ACs style you need AC.
if you want a game of CODs style you have a whole world to choose from!

then theres the story.
the only reason why so many stuck through with the original and played the sequel on release is the story.
hell, its the only reason why i stuck through the original, and brotherhood.
brotherhood had a crappy story, but the ending really set me up for the sequel because it just makes you feel like you must find out what happens.
i hate it when games end on cliffhangers, but if your going to do it, THATS how you do it!

i enjoy the gameplay and combat system of the series, but without the story i would not like it half as much as i do!
as the saying goes, i come for the combat, but i stay for the story!

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 1:19:40 PM

Maybe so, but that doesn't change the fact that a new release every year will turn people off sooner or later. Especially if they can't manage to continue to add in more aspects of the gameplay, as it will become more of a repeated experience. Most games have a completion rate under 30%, as I've linked before, so you can't honestly tell me that a large majority of people will stick with it just for the story.

As for the gameplay, Parkour and free-running is becoming a more common occurence in games, as you have similar platforming elements in inFamous, ME, and the upcoming Brink. As for the combat system... no, I don't recall having found anything similar, but that's probably because most devs put a focus on action, rather than reaction. I actually quite like the combat of AC.
Peace.

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___________
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 @ 8:51:07 AM

not at all, not everyone will stay just because of the story, but those who would of left already have.
you dont go and buy the original, hate it, buy the second, brotherhood, and not buy the third.
id be like going and watching the godfather, hating it, watching 2 and not going to see 3.
you just have to, to experience the story and know the ending!

as for the combat system i to prefer it to the other action games.
i wish they would of kept it how the original was, that really required precise timing, and lots of counters instead of the one.
it was like a game of chess, you have to think ahead.
now you just press one button and everyone around you drops dead!

i cant see this series dying off anytime soon, simply because its the only game out there that offers you what it does.
not to mention its the only game out there, bar RPGs that gives you the collectibles, exploration and extra tibbets to do once the storys done.
allot of people are sick of spending 110 bucks on a game, and being done with it in 6 hours.
its nice to have a game that literally takes 50+ hours to fully complete!

if they dont add anything more to the series, then ok they might stagnate a few people off, but not that many that the series will die.
but they will add heaps of things, i remember reading a article a while ago listing a poll ubisoft had on there site asking the fans what do you think of these?
had so many new features and tweeks, some were good, some were bad, but its quite clear ubisoft are not doing a cut and paste on this one!
there most certainly milking the series, but that does not mean cut and paste with each title.

i hate ubisoft for what they did to brotherhood, the "if your seen mission over" missions drove me freaking insane!
that said though, i am able to tolerate that because the storys so good, and the combat is so unique.
i just hope 3 is a dam side better polished!
even the PC version, it had 5 months extra polish, so you would think it would have less bugs, right?
wrong!
actually had MORE bugs then the ps3 version had!

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___________
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 4:43:45 AM
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SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!
yes, i know i said i hate the series now since they destroyed brotherhood.
but i just cant wait to see how the story pans out!
the way they did the truth trailers, and give you that small secret mission was genius!
i hate brotherhood for asking more questions, then it answered, but for that exact reason i cant wait to play its sequel!
just, please, for the love of god no more "if your seen mission over" BS!
PLEEEEEEEEEASE?????????????
O, and fix the dumb as bat sh*t AI!
not only assassins, but guards too are as smart as a dog farting himself awake!
so frustrating being discovered because you called some assassins in, and one lagged behind the other thus the 2nd enemy saw the first enemy die, thus alerting the guards, thus ending the mission.
why should i have to redo 20+ minutes because the game f*cked up?
why am i suffering for a f*ck up out of my hands?

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YashaZz
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 5:23:55 AM
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They can finish the story in 4... but why not just make installments, take time and show us new characters and time settings (e.g French Revolution, Soviet Union and so on). I think it would be so great because I loved the way they recreated Renaissance Italy!

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 6:27:05 AM

More of the Pieces of Eden, told with different subjects certainly. Going back to Desmond after the 'official' ACIII could be a terrible mistake. But expanding on the mythology of it could be amazing.
Peace.

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YashaZz
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 6:32:59 AM

Couldn't agree more.

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kraygen
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 7:28:36 AM
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I haven't played an AC since I rented the first one. I found it incredibly repetitive. Did they ever change the combat so that you had to do more than hit the square button?

Did anyone else notice that every tower you climbed you climbed the exact same way, they had the same hand grips on every tower. The whole game felt wash/rinse/repeat to me.

Now that I have ps plus though I'm going to download the AC2 hour long demo and see what the fuss is about.

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YenooR
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 12:12:57 PM
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I like Assassin's Creed but every year is a bit much.It should be a two year cycle.

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big6
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 1:06:42 PM
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Coming from someone who absolutely loves the series (yes, even the first one), I have to say I'm not liking the game-a-year idea.

I think Brotherhood, as a complete game, was nowhere near as good as Assassin's Creed 2. AC2 was more expansive, and more story elements.
One thing I really missed in Brotherhood was the dialogue exchange between your assassinated victim and Ezio/Altair, as he's laying on the ground. Brotherhood had a handful of those exchanges, where AC1 and AC2 had them for each main assassinated character.

I fear Ubisoft just wants to focus on multiplayer now...which is bad, cuz the original fans were fans because of its SINGLE PLAYER.
I'll wait and see on this one.

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sonic1899
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 8:00:12 PM

Not necessarily. The only targets Ezio doesn't converse with after he kills them are the templar agents.

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Cabalavatar1
Thursday, April 14, 2011 @ 12:04:02 PM

@ Sonic:
big6 is right, tho. If you've played AC1, you'd probably remember long conversations between Altair and his targets. Even in AC2, Ezio listened to or spoke (with some decent length) with his targets. Being used to that feature (one that I loved character-development-wise), I was disappointed that Brotherhood drifted away from what was becoming a strong motif.

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Silly
Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 1:18:51 PM
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Multiplayer was very unique, but imo lacked long-term playability. I think the strength is still in the single player mode. If we compare it to some other games released annually, I believe AC will suffer from similar problems and will end in disappointment for the fans.

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Yes, but I'm waiting for a while.
Maybe...not sure yet.
No, not interested.

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