Ubisoft is the publisher behind some of the biggest brands in gaming’s recent history. They’re currently on a streak of generating massively popular IPs like Ghost Recon Wildlands as well as Tom Clancy’s The Division. Its biggest brand, Assassin’s Creed, is returning this coming fall, but is the fatigue some felt truly gone?
The topic of an Assassin’s Creed fatigue came up around the start of this generation. After the continued yearly releases of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Unity, the “fatigue” was seemingly more real than ever. Unfortunately, Unity was the example many were looking for to point at and say, “see? The series needs time off.”
The game’s performance struggled mightily, and even despite the excellence of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Ubisoft chose to retire the series for a year. That time is over and now we are looking at the next iteration, Assassin’s Creed Origins. While the break is over, We Write Things still wanted to know what Ubisoft thought about the fatigue and whether or not it has cooled down. Julien Laferriere, who is a producer on Assassin’s Creed Origins, gave his thoughts on the subject.
“For me it’s funny because I’ve been on the franchise for eight years. It’s my fourth Assassin’s Creed game. Whenever we do events, especially since fans are at E3, we feel the love, it’s incredible. I was chatting with a guy from the team and he said that he had never received so many hugs from fans before. They were thanking him for the game. That really energizes us to make the game and for me I feel we have a very, very strong community,” Laferriere said.
Ubisoft certainly is doing a lot of different things when it comes to Origins. The combat system feels totally new and significantly more challenging. Avenues of traversal are aplenty and the narrative adapts to the player’s choices, it seems. Egypt is the massive, new setting and it possesses a range of unique locales.
When you take a look at how Origins is setting up, it’s hard to say the series is still the same. While its roots will always be there, this feels like a new direction for the franchise. Everyone will see how Origins plays out when it launches on Oct. 27. The game will arrive on Xbox One, Xbox One X, PS4, PS4 Pro and PC. Stick around here at We Write Things for much more from our interview with Ubisoft.