According to an article from Kotaku this week, it could be the case that for the first time in nearly a decade, there will not be a new Assassin's Creed title released in 2016. It's certainly weird, considering that Ubisoft has been beating this horse since 2007.
Seriously. I don't know if y'all know this, but there has been a new Assassin's Creed game in some form or another for the last NINE FUCKING YEARS. Some years even got two releases. It's easy to overlook this level of video game cash-cropping because a good few of these releases were on handheld systems like the Vita and DS and so don't get the same level of hype or advertising.
Here's an excerpt from Jason Schreier's article on Kotaku:
"The next Assassin’s Creed, which we believe is set in ancient Egypt and code-named Empire, won’t launch until 2017, according to both a new online rumor and sources speaking to Kotaku. One person familiar with Ubisoft’s upcoming gaming... said this biennial approach could be a new trend for Assassin’s Creed, which has suffered from franchise fatigue in recent years."
While I'll admit that the idea of a new Creed game set in Egypt piques my interest, I can't really say that I'm all that bummed about the title being pushed back. Franchise fatigue doesn't even begin to cover how people feel about these games anymore.
Remember what happened when Unity came out? I honestly thought that we would see the fall of Ubisoft for good. Yet somehow, they rebounded and doubled-down on the follow up in last year's Syndicate. I haven't played it yet, but Idid buy it because it was on sale and I have no self-control.
I hear that they fixed some of their bigger issues in the game, but also made a weird mockery of their own platforming elements in that they give the player a goddamn grappling hook. Why would anyone freerun anymore if they can Batman their way around London?
Anyway, I think that the fact that Ubisoft is gonna take a step back before putting out the next Assassin's Creed is hopefully a good move. If they won't just let the franchise die and start with a new IP then at least reduce the hectic pace of production. Make them count more.