This year sees the release of not one but two high profile Assassin’s Creed games. Of course, Assassin’s Creed Unity is the big fish of the bunch, solely focusing on the newest generation of hardware to pump out a solid game. On the other hand, Assassin’s Creed Rogue is a more than suitable option for those who are not yet ready to make the jump into the world of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One yet.
Two options, and yet people are angry at the thought. Good thing it is only a “vocal minority,” says Assassin’s Creed Rogue Producer Karl von der Luhe.
“There are the hardcore Assassin’s Creed fans that are happy to play two games and there are of course many fans who have not yet made that financial move to go to next-gen,” Luhe says in his interview with Eurogamer at Gamescom.“These are the guys that we’re really catering for – they’re thankful for the fact that they will have a compelling Assassin’s Creed game to play on either their Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.”
Luhe points out that development for Unity began way back in 2010, but Rogue only started more recently. The decision to launch them at the same time was made “a long time ago.”
I can see the source of disgruntlement from fans. Assassin’s Creed games are huge and require many gaming hours to complete, making twice the amount of gaming time for those who want the entire narrative.
At the same time, this really is the only option it had to make sure that Assassin’s Creed Unity could fire on all fronts without aging hardware holding it back. Where as most AAA series are releasing cross generational versions of games crippled by the limited powers of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Ubisoft is taking a bit of a high road and offering two different options with clear audiences in mind.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One adopters get their next-gen Assassin’s Creed game, and at the same time, Ubisoft doesn’t have to ignore the massive audience who still have a previous generation console.
I get that one Assassin’s Creed game a year is already a bit too much to swallow, and two is just about impossible. Just bear with it for a year because I doubt this will happen again once the new generation starts to catch on more. Either that or Ubisoft will release a “Remastered” version of Rogue to run alongside next year’s inevitable Assassin’s Creed entry.