Sunday 11 December 2016

No Assassin's Creed games this year

Paul Mallon

Published 12/02/2016 | 09:48

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Assassin's Creed is taking a break - there will be no major releases for 2016 as the series looks to the future

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Assassin's Creed is dead, long live Assassin's Creed!

That's not quite true but 2016 will be the first time in six years without a major release in the long-running action franchise. The break was officially confirmed by Ubisoft in a statement, which was all about taking some time off to really push forwad and make the series as great as it can be.

This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.

We're big fans of the series around these parts but there has been a sense of fatigue in recent entries, especially in the wake of the launch of Unity in 2014. Still last year's Syndicate was a lot of fun and it's great to see a company as big a Ubisoft taking the time to listen to criticism and step back from the yearly entries. It may mean less money in the short term but a better game in two years time will bring fans back and help to get the series back on track.

In the meantime, we do have an Assassins Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender in cinemas in late 2016.

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