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