The Assassin’s Creed franchise will continue to be a yearly event, revealed Ubisoft during a company investors call today (via Gamasutra). Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced that a new Assassin’s Creed title will launch next year, although he remained quiet on the actual details of the title.
The news of a new Assassin’s Creed next year should come as no surprise at this point. We’ve been told time and time again that the Assassin’s Creed series will be an annual thing for Ubisoft, much like how Call of Duty is handled by Activision. In fact, we’re become accustomed to yearly Assassin’s Creed efforts since 2009 with the release of Assassin’s Creed II. Since then we’ve seen Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood in 2010, and a week from now we’ll see Assassin’s Creed: Revelations hit shelves. So why are we reporting on it again? Well, because this is actual, legitimate confirmation of a 2012 Assassin’s Creed game, that's why.
The idea and fear of franchise fatigue may start to settle in now. But stop for a second, take a deep breath and think about this. Since Assassin’s Creed II, the Assassin’s Creed franchise has become stronger year after year in the face of quick-turnaround development cycles. Ubisoft has given us a solid multiplayer component, upgraded gameplay, an RPG-esque mini-game in Brotherhood, and in the case of Revelations, a completely new setting in Constantinople. Ubisoft may be milking the cow, but they’re consistently giving us some solid product in those jugs.
But before we turn our attention to what’s next, let’s first focus on the here and now, namely Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, which launches next week, November 15, 2011. Who here is planning to pick up the game to see how the story of Ezio concludes?