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Assassin's Creed May Not Return To An Annual Release Cycle

Ubisoft has already confirmed that for the first time since 2009, they won't release a new Assassin's Creed this year.

Rumor has it that the esteemed franchise will return in 2017, when the rebooted series goes to ancient Egypt. We also heard that Ubisoft might be trying to fashion the new AC adventure after CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which isn't a bad idea at all.

But the question is, will the publisher return to the annual entries after AC returns? Actually, they're not sure: According to what Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot said during the company's Investor Day presentation (as cited by GameSpot), the franchise will have "regular" installments but he wouldn't commit to a yearly cycle:

"The goal is not automatically to come back on annual cycle but to come on a regular basis. We saw it was time to give it lots of time so [developers] could really work on the property and all the mechanics to make sure we could take [the series] to another level.

What we are seeing today is promising. We will be able to come on a regular basis [but] we can't say every year."

CFO Alain Martinez added that they're giving the designers "all the time" necessary for "releasing something exceptional." Once they achieve that goal, they could return to annual releases for Assassin's Creed provided there's "enough innovation" for each new entry. But there's no guarantee.

Personally, I adore the franchise but if they wanted to release one every other year, I'd be just fine with that. It also seems possible that Ubisoft has ever desire to turn 2014's Watch Dogs into a huge new franchise, so they might be planning to switch off between AC and Watch Dogs as the years progress. Expect to see Watch Dogs 2 for this year's holiday season.

We'll just have to wait and see.

Tags: assassins creed sequels, assassins creed ps4, assassins creed 2016

2/18/2016 8:36:23 PM Ben Dutka

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Bio
Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 10:29:24 PM
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LMAO Ubisoft worrying about innovation.

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BikerSaint
Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 12:34:34 AM
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I was hoping this was happening because they fired their Hoodey-doodey looking anti-gamer Pres, Kotex, but no such luck.

Anyways, it was truly a 2 second blissful moment of wishful thinking on my part!!!!

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Bio
Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 9:30:27 AM

I think you're thinking of Bobby Kotick, who is the CEO of Activision, not Ubisoft. The head honcho over at Ubisoft is Yves Guillemot.

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BikerSaint
Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 4:49:06 PM

Ah crap, you're right!
Damned CRS creeps right up on me when I least expect it, LOL

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Jawknee
Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 12:58:37 AM
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Good.

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Gamer46
Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 2:14:11 AM
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If this is true, and that is a gigantic if, then it's the best decision Ubisoft has made in a long time.

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TrueAssassin86x
Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 6:52:42 AM
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About damn time but now watch them milk watch_dogs every year starting this year lmao

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Bio
Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 9:31:54 AM

They're probably going to do it to Far Cry. The series was amazing when they actually took the time to do something different with each installment. Then Far Cry 3 became a massive hit and we get an almost immediate sequel in Far Cry 4 which might be the laziest sequel in videogame history.

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Kevin555
Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 8:25:15 AM
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I wish the series just wouldn't return altogether.

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big6
Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 9:50:24 AM
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As much as I love the Assassin's Creed series, I finished Unity a little while back, and it wasn't nearly as good as I was expecting.

Sure, the graphics were beautiful. However, the story and game elements weren't anything spectacular (not that it needs to be), so the overall feel of it wasn't as impressive as I'd hoped.

That said, I'm still going to play and finish Syndicate in a few months, after I finish my other games. =)

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