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Assassin's Creed May Not Remain An Annual Franchise

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?

Tags: assassins creed revelations, assassins creed, ubisoft, assassins creed sequel

10/3/2011 8:43:54 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

CaptRon
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 9:23:42 PM
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Lol I think its a little late to be making the annual comment... They have already made too many..

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Alienange
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 12:18:17 PM

No they haven't

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FxTales
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 9:33:44 PM
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Look I love this series but it has to end, I don't mean just Desmond's story, I mean the franchise. Go out on top, not as a joke.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 9:37:24 PM
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Good. Desmond is a tool anyway. One of the dumbest looking characters I have ever seen. The look on his face reminds me of that look Shaq has when there isn't a thought running through his brain.

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AshT
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 12:04:32 AM

LOL :)

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Qubex
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 12:51:00 AM

Lol x2!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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TrophyHunter
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:31:47 AM

Lol

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bebestorm
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 9:37:52 PM
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I love AC but I dont care much for Desmond. I hope they do some work on his character in Revelations. Of course I'll still play next years game for the story.

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Dancemachine55
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 10:09:24 PM
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Oh Thank God!!!!

My wallet has been running thin with all these preorders paid off over the next several months. As much as I love Assassin's Creed, I just couldn't afford to keep up with it year over year!!

I think the Dead Space or Uncharted approach of a new entry every 2 or 2.5 years is the better approach, since the last entry is still fresh in people's minds and it doesn't go stale from saturation. (Look at how much CoD has fallen with hardcore gamers, but the casuals will still lap it up)

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PasteNuggs
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 10:39:28 PM
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This is the best thing that could happen to this franchise. I'm starting to get burnt out on them and I love AC.

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GamingLegend7
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 11:35:02 PM
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I can understand taking a little longer to make an assassins creed game. Please don't drop this franchise though because there are so much more that can be done. I love this series.

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AshT
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 12:03:47 AM
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Hanvn't they made is an annual affair already..that being said i still love each one of them...cant wait for AC:R

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Neurotoxiny
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 12:04:35 AM
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I think they should continue the Prince of Persia game from 2008...

Ya'know the one that no one liked?

Because I actually really liked that one ;D

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huh1678
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 1:53:21 AM

I liked that Prince of Persia too :) minus the ending lol, but it allowed for a sequel which i wouldn't mind but don't see i t coming anytime soon.

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TrophyHunter
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:34:20 AM

I really liked it too, in fact, i like every Prince of Persia game

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 12:25:25 AM
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Maybe they need to have a talk with Activision about how they burn out nearly every franchise they handle...

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 2:16:25 AM

LOL!

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 1:54:17 AM
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I guess I was wrong. Here I thought the series would end in 2012... Then again, maybe they'll just flip the switch and have the next story arc focussing on one of the modern day Templars. That'd be something different.

Whatever happens, I'm glad that they're looking into stopping with the annual crap, considering the immense drain of resources that each game takes on Ubisoft. Six studios pooling their efforts every year, and maybe it's just me but development time for most other core titles being stretched out further than ever before, with PoP, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six all seeming to take longer between iterations than ever before (I'm not the only one that thinks that, right?). Whatever, glad to hear it.

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Unigumo
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 2:30:47 AM

Templar's Creed anyone?

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___________
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 2:24:34 AM
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AC3 wont be the end of the series, just the end of a story ark.
when a series is selling as well as AC is you dont cancel it!
it will be interesting to see what happens after AC3, if they will do a prequel or go on a totally different story arc.
i dont want to see the series end just yet, there is no other game out there that offers the storytelling and quality of gameplay this does!
in fact the closest game to this is PoP which coincidently is done by the same developers.
though that said AC kicks the royal sh*t out of PoP six ways from sunday!
id love to see them do a new PoP one day, the last one the forgotten sands was a pretty good game.
but not at the expense of AC!

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Alienange
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 12:23:28 PM
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Brotherhood was gaming brilliance. If Revelation and 2012's iteration are just as good or better, then yearly releases do not bother me in the least. I much prefer good gaming every year over good gaming every 5 years (damn you Elder Scrolls... Daaaaamn yooouuu!).

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Lairfan
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 9:19:32 PM
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I like the sound of this. I mean, I figured next year's AC would be the last one with Desmond's story because they kept talking about how Revelations has "all the answers." And usually all questions are answered just before the end.

Plus, after next year's AC they'll finally get off that damn annual release schedule. I mean, I haven't seen a bad AC game come out of the annual schedule yet, but sooner or later it would be bound to happen if they kept it up. This way, they'll have more time to be creative and to make a quality game.

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