In a move that will be missed by few and loved by many, Ubisoft has confirmed that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will not have a companion app for smartphones and tablets.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag had a companion app that was actually kind of fun – a way to get an Assassin’s Creed fix away from the game that didn’t interfere with the game itself. Assassin’s Creed Unity, however, ended up with a map littered with chests eternally locked to those of us uninterested or simply without a touch device.
This year’s Assassin’s Creed entry is a departure from the previous years. Instead of the continuing feature bloat we’ve seen each year, Syndicate is pulling in and focusing on fewer features.
“There will not be a companion app,” said a Ubisoft spokesperson to Eurogamer. “For Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the team wanted to focus all their efforts on the core experience.”
After the mess that was Unity, watching the team drop features is a big confidence boost. Instead of trying to keep us attached to Assassin’s Creed 24/7 through apps and multiplayer, it almost sounds like they might be concentrating on making a good game.
We’ll hopefully see more in just a few weeks at E3.