The next game in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise will unfold in various historical settings and will receive ongoing updates, according to a report by Bloomberg. The game, which is currently codenamed Assassin’s Creed Infinity, will join the likes of Fortnite and Apex Legends, offering continuous updates to keep players content always “fresh”.
THE Ubisoft later confirmed who is developing Assassin’s Creed Infinity, writing in a blog post that “a collaborative and cross-studio structure between Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Quebec […] will guide, grow, evolve and define the overall future of Assassin’s Creed which includes a major project in development at the beginning of a project code-named Assassin’s Creed Infinity. ”
Recent entries in the 14-year-old Assassin’s Creed franchise have increased in size. The most recent title, 2020’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, could easily take over 100 hours to fully explore and complete. In that sense, Assassin’s Creed games have already offered a live gaming experience, allowing players to really devote a large part of their time to completing all of the side missions. The next Assassin’s Creed game will be the next logical step in the trend.
Since this next game will have to incorporate continuous and persistent updates, it won’t happen in just one historical period of time, as previous Assassin’s Creed games did. Instead, it will contain multiple configurations, with the potential to add even more as time goes on. A spokesman for Ubisoft told Bloomberg that the team hopes to “exceed the expectations of fans who have been calling for a more cohesive approach” to the series.
“Rather than continuing to pass the baton from game to game, we deeply believe this is an opportunity for one of Ubisoft’s most beloved franchises to evolve in a more integrated and collaborative way, less studio-centric and more focused on talent and leadership, it doesn’t matter where they are inside Ubisoft,” said Nathalie Bouchard, director of Ubisoft Quebec, and Christophe Derennes, director of Ubisoft Montreal, on the Ubisoft blog.
“Most importantly, Assassin’s Creed has always been developed by multicultural teams with diverse backgrounds and perspectives that have influenced the representation of their characters, locations and cultures. While we know there is always room for improvement, we believe this new structure allows us to ensure that diversity and representation on our teams continues to grow and match that of our players.”
But unnamed sources told Bloomberg that some complications remain in the development pipeline. Last year, several senior Ubisoft leaders were accused of harassment and abuse. Bloomberg sources said that “some managers accused of abusive behavior remain in senior positions after the reorganization.”
Asked about this, a spokesperson for Ubisoft told Bloomberg: “Employees who were under investigation would not remain at Ubisoft if the results of the investigations warranted termination,” and the spokesman declined to comment on individual cases.
Therefore, Ubisoft has set the bar high for the next Assassin’s Creed game, which in itself has already accustomed fans to great game-to-game quality. But the possibility of an open world, similar to what we have in Apex Legends or Fortnite, is very tempting. Let’s see what the producer will be able to offer us.