I know I was certainly disappointed when Ubisoft announced their annual game release schedule earlier this year. After the catastrophe of Unity, a yearly release would push for more unfinished titles shunted forward for the sake of the deadline. It would also mean more hard-earned cash heading straight into Ubisoft’s pockets for these lesser games.
However Ubisoft released a statement today reverting their previous business model. It seems that witnessing this backlash to their production line style of release dates has rubbed off on the suits, who have assured fans that the next Assassin’s Creed title is still a way off.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has spoken in interviews concerning the change of plan for the company otherwise famous for its Watch Dogs, Tom Clancy, and Far Cry franchises. “Let’s make sure we change our model so we have more time and that we can bring back a greater experience” he told interviewers, citing the release for the next Assassin’s Creed instalment as “when we feel we have something there,”, “when it’s ready”.
It’s a strange turn in the industry when fans are relieved to hear their favourite franchise isn’t coming soon, and it’s a demonstration of the turn around we’re beginning to see in AAA companies. Ubisoft bombed its release of The Division earlier this year, with the abysmal issues accompanying the game turning many fans against the direction the company was headed. Hopefully paying more attention to the game at hand, and not weighing themselves down with unrealistic and detrimental deadlines will bring the Assassin’s Creed franchise back to its glory days.
Speculation is rife concerning the next Assassin’s Creed release date, however analysts have predicted a late 2017 coming, or possibly early 2018.