There are a set of games that I expect to come out every year and normally I look forward to them as they gradually improve over the previous year’s release. Call of Duty, All of EA’s sports games, Assassin’s Creed, and one that just needs to go away, Just Dance. Well unfortunately Just Dance is going to keep on coming, but some unexpected news reports that Assassin’s Creed will not be releasing a game in 2016.
I understand that some people eagerly anticipate the next Assassin’s Creed, I mean, every year at PAX East I and almost everyone else who attends shuffles over to the Ubisoft booth to see what new footage they have to show, but I am actually happy about this news. Am I the kind that laughs at others misfortunes? No, I think it’s important for an annual series to take a step back and put more effort into their next game.
Ubisoft has officially announced that Assassin’s Creed is going to be taking a break.
“This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.”
Personally, I hope Call of Duty follows suit because, come on, we need something different!
But back to Assassin’s Creed. For the past six years I would be excited to see what comes to the franchise, and every year I would be excited for a month before release but as soon as the game drops and I realize that there hasn’t been very much change over the last one, I weep.
Taking a break is a great move for the team over at Ubisoft because it gives them a chance to really look at the series as a whole and decide on where they want it to go. Take more time to work on another game and hopefully that game will be just as great.
Financially, I’m sure it will hurt, but in a few more years of annual releases, even the average consumer will realize that they aren’t adding a whole lot and will stop spending their money.
To be completely transparent, I haven’t finished an Assassin’s Creed game since Assassin’s Creed 2 on the Xbox 360. I’ve dabbled in Black Flag, mostly because there hasn’t been anything to really hook me. I’m hoping that taking a year off will allow them to innovate and create a truly great Assassin’s Creed experience.