Ubisoft Confirms No Major Assassin's Creed Game in 2016

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Ubisoft Confirms No Major Assassin's Creed Game in 2016

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Ubisoft is "stepping back and re-examining the Assassin's Creed franchise."

In a post today, Ubisoft confirmed that the company would be "stepping back and re-examining the Assassin's Creed franchise," meaning that no new major Assassin's Creed game will be released in 2016.

The post opened with discussion about Assassin's Creed Syndicate, as well as the upcoming Assassin's Creed film, which will star Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender. The post then moves on to the future of the game franchise.

"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," the post reads. "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."

A rumor began circulating in January that no Assassin's Creed game would release in 2016, along with a second rumor that the next title would be set in Egypt. This has yet to be confirmed.

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Instead it will be released in January of 2017!

Good on them, I rather enjoyed the franchise until recently and I'd rather they get their shit together the keep making yearly titles.
This series better do the 1916 Rising before it closes up shop dammit!

Diablo1099:
Good on them, I rather enjoyed the franchise until recently and I'd rather they get their shit together the keep making yearly titles.
This series better do the 1916 Rising before it closes up shop dammit!

I'd rather they stay away from it. A bit too recent, I don't want some PC franco-canuck shitting all over my history.

Translation: "So we ran this franchise right into the ground. Who would have thought that crapping out a rushed game every year could lead to franchise decay?"

I think it was quite clear that the series was going downhill - well, even more downhill than it already had been - when one of the features mentioned on the trailer for Unity was "It's been developed by 10 different studios!" That's...that's not something you really want to be boasting about, as it tends to mean your game is going to be an absolute cluster-fuck. And look how Unity turned out.

Eh, but what do I care? I checked out after the crap-fest that was AC3.

well I'm still getting around to Syndicate which I think is really cool so I don't mind this at all :) now they have more time to work on Beyond Good and Evil 2

Thank goodness for that. Here's hoping this will result in a Assassin's Creed closer in quality to titles like Rogue, Brotherhood, and Assassin's Creed II. And that Ubisoft will get around to Beyond Good & Evil 2, and maybe a new Prince of Persia.

dirtysteve:

Diablo1099:
Good on them, I rather enjoyed the franchise until recently and I'd rather they get their shit together the keep making yearly titles.
This series better do the 1916 Rising before it closes up shop dammit!

I'd rather they stay away from it. A bit too recent, I don't want some PC franco-canuck shitting all over my history.

Oh come on, part of the fun is seeing what they fuck up and who they turn into the bad guys.
Hell, I remember expanded universe material stating that even the Bush/Gore election was part of the Templar/Assassin conflict.

Besides, what other series would even consider having Dublin or countryside Ireland as a setting?

RJ 17:
Translation: "So we ran this franchise right into the ground. Who would have thought that crapping out a rushed game every year could lead to franchise decay?"

I think it was quite clear that the series was going downhill - well, even more downhill than it already had been - when one of the features mentioned on the trailer for Unity was "It's been developed by 10 different studios!" That's...that's not something you really want to be boasting about, as it tends to mean your game is going to be an absolute cluster-fuck. And look how Unity turned out.

Eh, but what do I care? I checked out after the crap-fest that was AC3.

honestly i think the biggest problem is they are running out of history to fit into their liner narative. beyond syndicate where can they go? the world wars are no place for an assassin, and any times of unrest since then are far too recent to actualy assign heros and villans to. You say they ran it into the ground but its still printing money, less money than it was printing before admittidly, but its still highly profitable.

And yet still no Assassin's Creed game set in Feudal Japan. Missing out on a big sale there Ubi-Soft.

kekkres:
honestly i think the biggest problem is they are running out of history to fit into their liner narative. beyond syndicate where can they go? the world wars are no place for an assassin, and any times of unrest since then are far too recent to actualy assign heros and villans to. You say they ran it into the ground but its still printing money, less money than it was printing before admittidly, but its still highly profitable.

Well you kinda spelled out one of the ways they ran it into the ground: "Where can they go now?" By pumping out a game every year they're rapidly eating through the interesting historical periods to set the game in.

But only because they're strictly moving foward, when they should have been hopping across history like a timelord all along. And while I'm in the groove of telling Asscreed writers how to do their job (because they desprately need it), there never should have been Desmond, the Animus, or anything in the future because that's the worst science fiction I've ever bloody heard.

Diablo1099:

dirtysteve:

Diablo1099:
Good on them, I rather enjoyed the franchise until recently and I'd rather they get their shit together the keep making yearly titles.
This series better do the 1916 Rising before it closes up shop dammit!

I'd rather they stay away from it. A bit too recent, I don't want some PC franco-canuck shitting all over my history.

Oh come on, part of the fun is seeing what they fuck up and who they turn into the bad guys.
Hell, I remember expanded universe material stating that even the Bush/Gore election was part of the Templar/Assassin conflict.

Besides, what other series would even consider having Dublin or countryside Ireland as a setting?

Are you from Dublin? Only saying because there are other cities in Ireland. :) I think they've held off on 20th century onwards. I can see why, the tech makes a lot of AC weapons obsolete, even if they were in limited use.

To quote the Countess "Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels in the bank and buy a revolver."
(obvious choice for a Assassin member), she is credited with wounding a British Sniper during the fighting.

Although, if it meant a return to actual stealth, to avoid machine guns, it could be a good thing.

I'd still prefer they leave such a sensitive and relevant part of our culture alone though.

dirtysteve:
Are you from Dublin? Only saying because there are other cities in Ireland. :) I think they've held off on 20th century onwards. I can see why, the tech makes a lot of AC weapons obsolete, even if they were in limited use.

To quote the Countess "Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels in the bank and buy a revolver."
(obvious choice for a Assassin member), she is credited with wounding a British Sniper during the fighting.

Although, if it meant a return to actual stealth, to avoid machine guns, it could be a good thing.

I'd still prefer they leave such a sensitive and relevant part of our culture alone though.

Nah, stuck in the West of Ireland, just let's face it, if there was one place to set a possible Irish!Assassin's Creed, it'd be Dublin.

And, while I get what you are saying, the idea kinda excites me to see such an important part of our culture end up on the gaming scene though a AAA Title.
I mean, it's not like they haven't gotten facts wrong before, Hell, I remember my History text book having to point out that the film "Micheal Collins" implied Dev Valra had a part in his death and was factually incorrect for doing so.
That and I am of the believe that, even if the game isn't accurate, it would still promote interest in the history itself as people would want to see if stuff really happened like that.

Key example is in AC: Revelations when Ezio points out that the Dante's Inferno was mostly him getting back at his political enemies, So I looked that up to see if that was true or not (It is BTW).
Imagine a few million gamers the world over doing the same for Irish History?

RJ 17:
Eh, but what do I care? I checked out after the crap-fest that was AC3.

Go and get yourself Black Flag.

It wasn't really an Assassin's Creed game, it was a pirate game pretending it was about ninjas. It's also the only one I spent money on after AC2. It also backed the series into a corner, nothing since has gotten within a mile of being as good as Black Flag was.

And there was much rejoicing *mildly-interested yays in the background*

Ubisoft really needs to step back and figure out how to make something other than The Ubisoft Game #8675309.
And free up some budget for the one sequel they refuse to.

Yeah, there was a lot of inaccuracy in Michael Collins, but also a lot of respect, that is the key difference. Alan Rickman did a fantastic job of De Valera too.

fix-the-spade:

RJ 17:
Eh, but what do I care? I checked out after the crap-fest that was AC3.

Go and get yourself Black Flag.

It wasn't really an Assassin's Creed game, it was a pirate game pretending it was about ninjas. It's also the only one I spent money on after AC2. It also backed the series into a corner, nothing since has gotten within a mile of being as good as Black Flag was.

Bought it, played it for 15 minutes, the game froze and crashed on my brand new PS4, and I immediately took it back for a full refund. AC3 did the exact same thing on my 360 and it was a shitty experience battling bugs, freezes, and crashes the entire way through that game, as such I had no desire to do the same with Black Flag.

So while I technically have played Black Flag, AC3 is really where I consider myself as being officially done with the franchise.

That's really good news actually. They should probably take a few years off, but we all know that's not going to happen. I checked out after Black Flag myself. AC3 was a mess but the worst part about it was how cool it could have been if they hadn't switched characters and made Connor's story so BORING and fruitless.

I was interested in Syndicate because of Evie but so far I haven't been able to bring myself to pick it up, just too depressing to think about all the garbage I'll have to go through. Here's hoping that they'll hop backwards again. There's plenty of history to go through that's interesting.

Or maybe we could go back to the near future? I actually thought it was kind of cool to parkour and fight without assistance. But I'm thinking I'm the only one.

kekkres:

RJ 17:
Translation: "So we ran this franchise right into the ground. Who would have thought that crapping out a rushed game every year could lead to franchise decay?"

I think it was quite clear that the series was going downhill - well, even more downhill than it already had been - when one of the features mentioned on the trailer for Unity was "It's been developed by 10 different studios!" That's...that's not something you really want to be boasting about, as it tends to mean your game is going to be an absolute cluster-fuck. And look how Unity turned out.

Eh, but what do I care? I checked out after the crap-fest that was AC3.

honestly i think the biggest problem is they are running out of history to fit into their liner narative. beyond syndicate where can they go? the world wars are no place for an assassin, and any times of unrest since then are far too recent to actualy assign heros and villans to. You say they ran it into the ground but its still printing money, less money than it was printing before admittidly, but its still highly profitable.

They're taking a break because Syndicate sold disastrously thanks to Unity's negative reception.

The next game is going to be in Egypt, set before all the other games.

RJ 17:
Bought it, played it for 15 minutes, the game froze and crashed on my brand new PS4, and I immediately took it back for a full refund.

Well sir, you are one unlucky soul.

Black Flag was one of the more stable PC ports to come out of Ubisoft, I would have assumed the console versions were at least as stable. Fair enough for trying it though.

Given the reception of the last games that sounds like a reasonable decision.

Badly timed by Ubisoft though since the movie will be out this fall and act as a promotion for the games no matter its quality. Had they had a new Assassin's Creed out in conjunction with the movie I suspect there would have been some synergies

Reflection? Introspection? Is this really Ubisoft?

I was kinda expecting "Assassins Creed 2066: Modern Assassin" as the next installment.
With lasers. And hoverboards.

Good, fantastic, and great. They need a break. After Black Flag the series took a hard fall with the pile 'o shit known as Unity. If Syndicate was only slightly better than that, we're looking at a mediocre game at best.

Hopefully a year off and with a setting that is finally not fucking Europe or the Americas, this game series could be awesome again.

dirtysteve:
Yeah, there was a lot of inaccuracy in Michael Collins, but also a lot of respect, that is the key difference. Alan Rickman did a fantastic job of De Valera too.

Hey, say what you will about the quality of the games but they put the work into the history side of things a good amount of the time.
Eh, it was just a pipe dream of mine anyway, I think they have a lot more popular periods and events to cover first.

Elfgore:
Good, fantastic, and great. They need a break. After Black Flag the series took a hard fall with the pile 'o shit known as Unity. If Syndicate was only slightly better than that, we're looking at a mediocre game at best.

Hopefully a year off and with a setting that is finally not fucking Europe or the Americas, this game series could be awesome again.

If they ever went with Irish History, I think you would like it.
The last century of my country's history could actually be mistaken for that of an War Torn African country at times :P

1916, the War of Independence, the Civil War, IRA/Nazi operations during WW2, the Troubles, lots of material to work with there.

Thank goodness. Generally I consider myself a fan of Assassin's Creed but that's primarily because it's one of the few game series that visits periods of history and isn't an RTS. However, I was starting to get burned out on AC as far back as Black Flag and the only reason I have the ones since then is because my sister gave them to me as birthday gifts.

Although I can't imagine the ridiculous price of Syndicate in countries outside of the US helped the sales figures that much.

Hearing that they're going to take a year off is a definite relief and I hope that it will help breathe some new life into the franchise.

[Insert overly cynical doomsaying here, to the general effect of "it won't change shit"]

I guess Syndicate didn't sell too great then? Or at least not as well as they were hoping.

RJ 17:
Well you kinda spelled out one of the ways they ran it into the ground: "Where can they go now?" By pumping out a game every year they're rapidly eating through the interesting historical periods to set the game in.

I'd say that a lack of historical material to draw from is the very least of AC's problems.

Besides, it's not like they've done that many historical periods. At least not in the main games.
- The Crusades.
- Renaissance Italy.
- The American Revolution.
- Whenever Black Flag was exactly.
- The French Revolution.
- Industrial Revolution London.

I think human history has a tiny wee bit more than that to offer.

didnt expect that. still not finished with syndicate and have to wait longer for that damn tower to arrive. shop takes it sweet time getting it.
well, if they make something good of it, why not. have to admit, that syndicate is pretty solid and have a good time too, unity really stopped me from getting getting it and rogue. heard better things from syndicate so i got it. was cheap too.

Diablo1099:

Elfgore:
Good, fantastic, and great. They need a break. After Black Flag the series took a hard fall with the pile 'o shit known as Unity. If Syndicate was only slightly better than that, we're looking at a mediocre game at best.

Hopefully a year off and with a setting that is finally not fucking Europe or the Americas, this game series could be awesome again.

If they ever went with Irish History, I think you would like it.
The last century of my country's history could actually be mistaken for that of an War Torn African country at times :P

1916, the War of Independence, the Civil War, IRA/Nazi operations during WW2, the Troubles, lots of material to work with there.

It could be cool and sounds cool... but so did the French Resistance and English gangsters. Those didn't turn out that swell. It could be a setting for a later game, but right now they just need to get away from Europe. They've just burned me out on it. Them hitting up India, China, Egypt, Japan, etc. Something that will require their artist to design new things is pretty much the only thing that will catch my eye at this point.

Elfgore:
It could be cool and sounds cool... but so did the French Resistance and English gangsters. Those didn't turn out that swell. It could be a setting for a later game, but right now they just need to get away from Europe. They've just burned me out on it. Them hitting up India, China, Egypt, Japan, etc. Something that will require their artist to design new things is pretty much the only thing that will catch my eye at this point.

Ehehehe, sorry, I just REALLY want muh Irish History game ;A;

Still, 2 words: Assassin. Ninjas.
Come on Ubisoft, you know you want to!

The dev teams are secretly crying tears of joy as they can finally have a break from Asscreed.

It was obvious that a yearly schedule was crushing the franchise way back with ACIII (or even the third ezio game, legacy?, birthright?, revelations?, the fact I can't remember it is indicative of the problem).

AC IV's success gave ubisoft an undeserved sense of security (but, in reality, people like that game despite of the AC brand, not because of it as demonstrated by the woeful failures of Unity and Syndicate).

Take 2 or 3 years, come up with an interesting idea and put together a functional product. Everyone will win; players will get some actual return on the perpetually intriguing and almost-always squandered concept of the series, and ubi will make tons of cash.

vhailorx:
It was obvious that a yearly schedule was crushing the franchise way back with ACIII (or even the third ezio game, legacy?, birthright?, revelations?, the fact I can't remember it is indicative of the problem).

AC IV's success gave ubisoft an undeserved sense of security (but, in reality, people like that game despite of the AC brand, not because of it as demonstrated by the woeful failures of Unity and Syndicate).

Take 2 or 3 years, come up with an interesting idea and put together a functional product. Everyone will win; players will get some actual return on the perpetually intriguing and almost-always squandered concept of the series, and ubi will make tons of cash.

Sans Brotherhood (a bit more than a year I think) and Revelations (10 months) all the main games post AC2 had close to 3 years of dev time. Unity had been worked on for 5 years total since it's inception I believe, AC3 was 3 years. They have like 3 teams making the games. Release schedule doesn't accurately represent production length.

MC1980:

vhailorx:
It was obvious that a yearly schedule was crushing the franchise way back with ACIII (or even the third ezio game, legacy?, birthright?, revelations?, the fact I can't remember it is indicative of the problem).

AC IV's success gave ubisoft an undeserved sense of security (but, in reality, people like that game despite of the AC brand, not because of it as demonstrated by the woeful failures of Unity and Syndicate).

Take 2 or 3 years, come up with an interesting idea and put together a functional product. Everyone will win; players will get some actual return on the perpetually intriguing and almost-always squandered concept of the series, and ubi will make tons of cash.

Sans Brotherhood (a bit more than a year I think) and Revelations (10 months) all the main games post AC2 had close to 3 years of dev time. Unity had been worked on for 5 years total since it's inception I believe, AC3 was 3 years. They have like 3 teams making the games. Release schedule doesn't accurately represent production length.

No, they have 12 teams per game, so they can be massive and a yearly release. And that's the problem, too many cooks and too little care for quality.
I remember back when they made a huge deal about Assasin's Creed being different from other games, since other games have sequels made after the fact while AC was written and designed to be a trilogy. They kept banging on about how they have the entire story for all three games pre-written and how it would conclude with the third, how it's a self contained trilogy.

I hope this is the end of the series, really sick of it, this series needs to be put out of its misery just as much as Sonic does.

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