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Post by Eorl @ 02:01pm 02/04/13 | 23 Comments
With Ubisoft having revealed Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag so recently after Assassin's Creed 3, fans of the series are starting to worry that the appeal of skulking around trying to assassinate your targets may be wearing thin. According to a recent interview with Eurogamer however, Ubisoft Montreal head Yannis Mallat revealed that the yearly cycle of titles will continue, unless players tell them otherwise.

"The players will tell us," states an assured Mallat when asked about the annual releases, claiming that "right now there are more and more coming into the franchise, so I don't see that day." The key fact for Mallat however is ensuring that Ubisoft will be able to maintain the high quality of each game despite the series' rigorous release schedule, something that can be contributed to having multiple teams working on the franchise.
"When we say we are annualising the franchise, we don't say the teams only have one year to work on a project," Mallat explained.

"Assassin's Creed is mature enough in terms of reaching the critical mass of players and community, but also in terms of envisioning enough content for years to come, and in terms of technology to sustain all that.

"And more importantly, it's mature enough in growing the talent and the core teams so we can have several core teams working on the next one and other projects on the brand.
Currently Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is schedule for a release on October 31st, though as you can expect Ubisoft has already revealed another title will be ready for release next year so mark your calendars.



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Lithium
Posted 03:00pm 02/4/13
In b4 Assassins Creed 10
Lynx
Posted 03:20pm 02/4/13
So long as the quality doesn't start to slip, then sure, bring 'em on.
Jickle
Posted 04:51pm 02/4/13
Hey Ubisoft - I'm really tired of Assassin's Creed now.
fryzeegunner
Posted 05:08pm 02/4/13
@ Jickle, where's the thread to tell them? There will be one already....
Trauma
Posted 06:09pm 02/4/13
@ Jickle, where's the thread to tell them? There will be one already....

It will be in their financial report somewhere.
eski
Posted 06:44pm 02/4/13
I cant stand how f*****g arrogant and anti-consumer the game industry has become.

It's like every time they open their mouth they cant help but make some s***** boast about how proud they are to be turning this into an industry of sodomists.
carson
Posted 06:50pm 02/4/13
As someone who just finished playing AC2 for the first time (late to the party I know). I must say it has one of the best stories and character development. I just can't see how they could keep it going after the Desmond saga ends. Which I know ends with AC3.

Like eski, I think it's mega arrogance on Ubisoft's part. But they want to make money and AC is a cash cow. My concern is it'll go the way of Prince of Persia. Sands of Time was amazing in so many ways, but they wanted to appeal to the teenager male demographic so made the character a douche bag in the sequels.
tel
Posted 06:57pm 02/4/13
I'm pretty much over it and they should end it with AC4. Come on Ubisoft, move on already.
Whoop
Posted 07:23pm 02/4/13
I cant stand how f*****g arrogant and anti-consumer the game industry has become. It's like every time they open their mouth they cant help but make some s***** boast about how proud they are to be turning this into an industry of sodomists.

And gamers just keep bending over and taking it up the rear pocket (where the wallet is kept).
trillion
Posted 07:30pm 02/4/13
i haven't ever played the games, but you don't have to dig too deep to find

Phooks
Posted 07:32pm 02/4/13
So long as the quality doesn't start to slipkeep slipping, then sure, bring 'em on.


Seriously AC3 had some teriible, terrible design choices. Makes it unplayable for me
Lynx
Posted 11:04pm 02/4/13
I finished it the other day and enjoyed it quite a lot.
Some excellent new inclusions and some poor design choices, but overall I would rate it less then AC2 but better then AC1.
So, I'd find it hard to say that the franchise is slipping, yet.
Viper119
Posted 02:02am 03/4/13
I played bits of AC1 and 2 on xbox, it seemed pretty awesome. I never got round to playing it properly though.

Is it worth me playing 1 to 4 or just 4, are they top-notch gaming experiences?
Trauma
Posted 05:20am 03/4/13
Seriously AC3 had some teriible, terrible design choices. Makes it unplayable for me

Like?
Spook
Posted 08:21am 03/4/13
groganus
Posted 09:26am 03/4/13
I got well over the AC franchise when you need to buy the additional content to properly follow the story between full release games...

This was enchanced poorly by the choice to release some of these games only on selected devices.. (phones for example)

When this started happening I realised it was just a cash cow and the artistic storytelling side to this series was long lost, which was a damn shame.

It will follow the same life of Prince of Persia which lets face it... it was just replacing that series anyway.
ctd
Posted 10:23am 03/4/13
I played AC1 for about 10 minutes. Wow what a terrible game. Oh press this one button to do everything you need to do in the whole game.
eski
Posted 10:33am 03/4/13
Like?


Changing the weapon interface so you have to see a loading screen every time you change weapons

Making all the cities tiny and taking away all the tall buildings.

Making the side missions completely irrelevant.

Making you play for 6 hours before you get access to the game proper.

I could go on.....
DeadlyDav0
Posted 11:33am 03/4/13
Making you play for 6 hours before you get access to the game proper.

Heard about that.

Havent yet got to AC3. Finished #1, got most of the way thru #2, played 35mins of brotherhood before the mouse issues made me RQ and i havent gone back, dont have revalations or #3.

I played AC1 for about 10 minutes. Wow what a terrible game. Oh press this one button to do everything you need to do in the whole game.

The f*** you talking about? I assume the free running button but theres the primary hand, off hand, head, legs buttons plus different actions between gentle and rough (forget their terms) action stances. Dont get me wrong, i hate when games bind multiple actions to 1 key bind (normally console games without proper conversion to PC key binds) but IMO AC was not one of them.
Trauma
Posted 12:06pm 03/4/13
Changing the weapon interface so you have to see a loading screen every time you change weapons

Making all the cities tiny and taking away all the tall buildings.

Making the side missions completely irrelevant.

Making you play for 6 hours before you get access to the game proper.

I could go on.....


What loading screen, hold R to change the bound weapons. No loading screen when choosing from weapons at the homestead either. Unless you count opening a new menu/interface as a loading screen.

What tall buildings? 1700's were not known for sky scrapers.

They're side missions, some were pretty boring, just ignore them.

Damn that story set up!

This is all it takes to make something unplayable for you?

The one bad move I still remember with the AC franchise was in AC2, the vambraces... they made you a god since you could block attacks with out a weapon.
skythra
Posted 07:00pm 03/4/13
AC3 for whatever reason was only playable if you didn't do any sidequest. The sidequests added no value or variety to the storyline and in fact felt like if you deleted them the game would have been completely playable without anything missing or out of place.

That's my complaint. They detracted from the otherwise pretty good story and fun gameplay. Well except the half-native american guy might as well have been a tree for whatever his personality was, except that one time he complained like a teenager as an adult.

AC2+expansions was a bit better with the sidequests feeling like they helped you in the main game and grow your player as a person. Just a feeling, not actually helped the main gameplay.

Anyway I look forward to the next one :)
eski
Posted 10:14pm 03/4/13
This is all it takes to make something unplayable for you?


Oh I just hate everything. Life is less disappointing that way.
Trauma
Posted 05:28am 04/4/13
Aren't these side quests just s way to a) Say that this game will take 50 hours to complete! b) Appeal to completionist's/achievement whores?

I'm neither so it does not really bother me.
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