Since 2009, after a two year break from the original, Assassin’s Creed has been an annual effort. Ubisoft has touted this fact often. It’s a game that will drop annually for the forseeable future. We’ll label that “Call of Duty Syndrome.”
There is an end to it, though. Assassin’s Creed will some day finish, and the creators have an end in mind.
Eurogamer caught up with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag‘s Game Director Ashraf Ismail to talk about the eventual finality of this now annual series. Here’s Ismail:
“We have an idea of where the end is, what the end is. But of course Yves [Guillemot, Ubisoft’s overall boss] announced we are a yearly title, we ship one game a year. So depending on the setting, depending on what fans want, we’ve given ourselves room to fit more in this arc. But there is an end.”
Personally, I wish Ubisoft would let the series breathe. I have no desire to play Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Sure, the game looks pretty and the notion of open seas conquest is enticing, but I’ve grown so weary of the Assassin’s Creed formula over the last two years.
I actually wrote about this in February of this year. I used several quotes to accompany my argument that Assassin’s Creed should take a break, but here’s one from an interview between Ubisoft’s Jean-Francois Boivin and Eurogamer that occurred in July of 2010.
“Honestly, I think for the benefit of everybody – and business can come back and override everything I say because at the end of the day it’s about selling games – I believe that this license needs a breather. You can’t plough a field every year. Once every three years – or once every something – you have to let it breathe. You have to let the minerals back in. I think it’s the same thing with any license, really.”
Three years later, and, for some fans, Assassin’s Creed is starting to wear out its yearly welcome.
It’s great that Ubisoft has an end in mind for this franchise. The fact that they’re knowledge of a conclusion is news should be shocking. My bet is that Ubisoft doesn’t come close to revealing the end of the Assassin’s Creed saga until it stops earning them money.