Assassin’s Creed first appeared back in 2007 and since then, it has become one of the biggest action franchises in gaming. The series has seen a slew of releases, each pushing the brand further. Ubisoft does a fine job of listening to its fans and their decisions surrounding Assassin’s Creed reflect just that.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is the last game to launch in the series, as it debuted in 2015. The game was well-received by the industry, however, gamers apparently still said they were ready for a year off. Consequently, Ubisoft made the choice to have Assassin’s Creed take a year off.
A year has come and gone and here we stand getting ready for E3 2017. A new Assassin’s Creed is buzzing around the industry, and many are waiting for what is next. In a chat with We Write Things, Michael Goodman, who is the director of digital media strategies at Strategy Analytics, spoke about the “Assassin’s Creed Fatigue”and what new iterations need to make sure they do.
“I think part of the fatigue was a sense of ‘this is sort of the same game in a different time period.’ I think the fatigue was less so, ‘oh, it’s another game in the franchise.’ It’s okay to [launch annual titles], but you’ve got to continue to evolve the game. There’s got to be something, whether its the story really advancing or its a significant change in your cast of characters,” Goodman said.
Ubisoft has given in to fan requests for the series taking a year off. Changes will likely have been made to the formula we’ve seen in the past. It’ll be interesting to me to see what this new game looks like. Additionally, it’ll be even more interesting to see how fans react to it.
It feels like it truly has been a while since we saw a new Assassin’s Creed. As a fan of the series, I have certainly missed that style of gaming and am ready for it to return. Goodman elaborated further on other elements that play into fatigue, rather than just the frequency in which new games are launched.
“If you feel like you’re playing the same game over and over again, that’s a problem. The experience has to continue to evolve and the story has to evolve. That being said, if you’re not evolving or changing the mechanics that much, then spreading out [launches] helps. There does become a certain point where having more time between games is beneficial. Fatigue is a lot more than just launching a new game every year,” Goodman said.
Apparently, the new Assassin’s Creed in development will take gamers to Egypt. A number of new features will be coming to the series, as will multiple protagonists. While these items are uncertain, I also wonder if the pyramids will have anything to do with this new game.
Ubisoft will likely announce a new Assassin’s Creed at E3 2017. The firm tends to bring its biggest games to both the Sony and Microsoft conferences, so expect the game at one of the briefings. We’ll find out more about the new Assassin’s Creed in a matter of days. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Assassin’s Creed.