Assassin’s Creed fans want a new game every year according to Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

By on March 31, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Edge Magazine did an interesting interview with Ubisoft’s Vice President of Creative Lionel Raynaud on the weekend, primarily related to the next current generation of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and Ubisoft’s plans for the previous generation.

More importantly however, Raynaud explained why Assassin’s Creed was a yearly franchise – and the answer shouldn’t be particularly surprising:

“We are able to offer people a new Assassin’s Creed every year because they want Assassin’s Creed every year. As long as this is true we would be very stupid to not satisfy this need, but it puts a lot of pressure on us to create something that will never disappoint.”

Which, frankly, makes sense from a business kind of view (although not the view I would expect from the ‘Vice President of Creative’.) Even my four year old nephew loves Black Flag (don’t worry, his motor skills keep him away from violence and limit him to sailing my ship into islands.) And if they are all as great as Black Flag, then I would be pumped. If we have to sit through an Assassin’s Creed 3 or three (admittedly good) variations on Assassin’s Creed 2 every time though, I might pass.

Source: Edge Magazine

8 comments (Leave your own)
sorry – it’s all I have when presented with this..


Well considering Black Flag was great up to the point of realising it was just a game of follow the map marker, I think they really need to develop depth for the franchise, which means pumping out yearly titles isn’t going to help them in the long term. It’s just short term money grubbing that’s given them this idea/mentality…


Hmm let’s see the only game to have not been released on the yearly cycle was AC2, which was two years after AC. Given how AC2 is clearly the best of the series it just goes to show that yearly release cycles suck balls.


I guess they could do with a bit more time between games to flesh stuff out a bit better. 3 was pretty abysmal though I am enjoying 4 so far.

@RSO – Weren’t all of them follow the map marker? Pretty sure even the first one had that. Don’t think that’s going to change. If anything 4 was a little less hand-holdy than the others, didn’t know about the harpoon boat stuff until I stumbled into a glowy circle. It’s not really mentioned anywhere except in upgrade options. Figured I couldn’t yet as I didn’t see a harpoon boat attached to the ship.


Call of Duty: Assassin’s Creed?


Well they never consulted me!

They’re probably right for the mainstream market but personally I hate yearly releases. It just tires me out of the series even if the games are still of at least a decent quality (quality always suffers, the only question is by how much).


but it puts a lot of pressure on us to create something that will never disappoint.”

Sounds like trying to please everyone, and we know how that works. Agree with everything posted above.

quality beats quantity every time and they are aiming for quantity.


sorry – it’s all I have when presented with this..

I share your concerns and approve of your sentiment. There’s no possible way this will do good things for the quality of the aforementioned games.

“But money!”

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