No New Assassin's Creed This Year, Ubisoft 'Reexamining' the Franchise

No New Assassin's Creed This Year, Ubisoft 'Reexamining' the Franchise

Ubisoft have announced that there won't be a new Assassin's Creed this year, as they are "reexamining" the franchise in the wake of Assassin's Creed Unity's problem-riddled launch. 

In a statement shared on UbiBlog, the publisher had this to say:

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.

The launch of Assassin's Creed Unity in 2014 was marred by widespread technical issues, promoting many to question if an annual release schedule was in the series' best interest. Last year's Assassin's Creed Syndicate (which would have already been in development when Unity launched) fared better; not only was it more technically stable, but it was widely praised for cutting a lot of bloat and focusing on the core Assassin's Creed experience, as well as introducing more interesting protagonists in Evie and Jacob Frye. 

Ubisoft have also confirmed in an earnings release that a sequel to Watch Dogs would be out within the next financial year (April 2016 to March 2017), as will be the previously-announced For Honor, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Additionally, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot teased "a new high-potential AAA brand with strong digital live services," also due out in the 2016-17 fiscal year.



 

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Comments Comments (5)

 
Posted by ironfist92
On Friday 12 Feb 2016 10:25 AM
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Great news. Hopefully they let the franchise breath a bit, but we still have the awesome AC movie coming out this year, cant wait!
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Friday 12 Feb 2016 12:27 PM
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Yeah milked it dry if you ask me. I didnt even play 1/2 of them because of backlog, poor reviews, or just the feeling of it being same same.
Not a fan of annualized games tbh.
Glad they are going to give it air, and will actually look forward to seeing what they can do with extra time to freshen it up
 
 
 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Friday 12 Feb 2016 5:03 PM
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I've actually really enjoyed the last few. But I am curious as to what will come out of the extra time.
 
 
 
KatalystaKaos
Posted by KatalystaKaos
On Saturday 13 Feb 2016 10:25 PM
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Great news, like a lot of gamers I was sick of the annual AC cash cow. Will grab AC Chronicles when its hits Vita seems like a match made in heaven, Wouldn't mind see Rogue getting a PS4/XB1 remaster especially given that has the nautical element that made Black Flag the best of AC of the recent batch.

Sit on the franchise for a long while Ubisoft, maybe even until the next gen hits. By then all will be forgiven, we'll all be reminiscing of the the golden age of Creed and be hungry for more!
 
 
 
Posted by mchumdinghy
On Sunday 14 Feb 2016 4:15 PM
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Sounds like a good idea from Ubisoft. They should take a few years off and make the feudal Japan game everyone wants. Tighten the controls, polish out the bugs and write a great story and I think the next game will do just fine.