Alex Hutchinson is the Creative Director behind Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed III. Now that he’s done with Far Cry 4, Ubisoft has given him permission to take some developers and make something personal.
This isn’t the first time the studio has done this. Child of Light and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are both personal projects born because Ubisoft told a dev to go off and make something special. It’s their way of rewarding hard work, and it seems to generate some really interesting titles.
“There’s different pressures on these sorts of projects, but at least at the moment we’ve got the OK from the studio to try something new,” Hutchinson told CVG in an interview. He then offered that he hopes he has a game to show them in a year’s time. We hope so, too.
Personally, I’d love to see something as unique and daring as either Child of Light or Blood Dragon. For the company constantly pumping out Just Dance and Assassin’s Creed, these offshot games have been like bite-sized treats. More of them is a good thing in my book.
What do you think of Hutchinson’s fortune? Should more major studios do this with their best developers?