Ubisoft might be planning on releasing two Assassin’s Creed titles across next-gen and current-gen platforms next year. When Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed is now an annual franchise, many gamers felt dubious about the possibility of it being a revamped engine having minor tweaks but the same gaming experience.
However, with Assassin’s Creed IV, Ubisoft has proven their promise. In Black Flag, Ubisoft handled gaming experience and uniqueness quite well and proved that the studio is still very much on its game. But whether the studio, and gamers for that matter, handle putting out two Assassin’s Creed games in the same year, that remains to be seen.
In a recent interview with Examiner, Ubisoft Sofia producer Momchil Gindyanov shared that “multiple releases are a possibility” for 2014:
“Definitely [multiple releases a year] is a possibility. That being said, I don’t believe AC Liberation and AC IV are in competition as both games provide different experiences and I’m sure our fans enjoy both.”
Based on Ubisoft’s announcement of a yearly Assassin’s Creed release, we can assume that there may be as many as two games for 2014: one being a brand new game for next-gen consoles and the other the HD re-released of Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation. Further speculation arises whether Ubisoft will continue this trend past 2014.
One of the biggest concerns that gamers face with the possible “two Assassin’s Creed games a year” scenario is not being able to really digest the story and gameplay to prepare for a new game. That was one of the points that Examiner brought up, along with the concern that a new release so soon might affect sales figures.
Millions of players are enjoying Edward Kenway’s exploits across the 18th Century Caribbean, and quite a few of them haven’t really thought about a new Assassin’s Creed game. If Ubisoft is to release two Assassin’s Creed titles in a year, they might risk over-saturating the market as well as diluting your core constituency.
Although Ubisoft already has an idea on how the series will end, there’s a multitude of unexplored paths for the franchise that spans across the wake of time itself.