Ubi Toronto Working on Future ‘Assassin’s Creed’ & ‘Splinter Cell’; Is ‘AC 5′ in Production?

Mar 28, 2013 by  

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If there was any mutinous doubt that Ubisoft was devoted to making Assassin’s Creed an annual franchise after four annual releases spanning Assassin’s Creed 2 and Assassin’s Creed 3, it was cast overboard as jetsam the moment¬†Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag sailed into view this Spring, signaling that the series was prepared to meet the next generation head-on with its brand new protagonist in Edward Kenway.

But similar to, say, Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed appears to have become an annual franchise only in the broader, terminal sense of games on shelves.

The massive size and scope of Assassin’s Creed 3 was the result of a three-year development effort at primary studio Ubisoft Montreal; we know Black Flag has been stitching itself together there since mid-2011; and now it’s been disclosed by Ubisoft Toronto managing director Jade Raymond that her studio is already assisting Ubi Montreal on a forthcoming, post-Black Flag Assassin’s Creed. Tentatively, we’ll call it Assassin’s Creed 5.

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The relationship revealed itself when Raymond spoke to Polygon regarding Ubisoft Toronto’s future. Having wasted no time in making an impact since its inception in 2009, the studio is fresh off completing the multiplayer maps for Rainbow Six: Patriots (which appears destined to be a next-gen title) and rolls out its first plat du jour this August in Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Beyond that, well, in addition to announcing plans for an additional Splinter Cell title, here’s how Raymond described Ubi Toronto’s rapidly expanding workload for the coming years:

“We have two big collaborations coming that we’re not talking about, on two of the biggest franchises at Ubisoft. We also have two new IP.”

Ruling out Splinter CellPolygon attributes the revelation of a post-Black List project to a separate comment — “two of the biggest franchises at Ubisoft” could include a number of different properties: Far Cry, Rainbow Six, Prince of Persia. They certainly include Assassin’s Creed.

It seems — no, it’s way — too early to¬†begin speculating about the direction of Assassin’s Creed 5, or whatever installment eventually succeeds Black Flag. It’s only been weeks since AC 4 was unveiled to the public, and we’re still getting acclimatized to the tropical, sultry Caribbean, to Ubisoft (Montreal)’s journey back into the Golden Age of Piracy and to its tethering of land and naval combat/exploration into one of the first triple-A titles of the next generation.

Still, Ubisoft Toronto’s future involvement with Assassin’s Creed would add some serious talent to a series that, over the last several years, has evolved into a cavalcade of collaboration: Seven additional Ubi studios — Ubisoft Annecy, Bucharest, Kiev, Montpellier, Quebec, Singapore and Sofia — are on tap to assist Ubisoft Montreal with AC 4: Black Flag, up from the five that assisted on AC 3. With Raymond, Toronto’s leader and a longtime Ubisoft visionary, sounding eager about the work that lies ahead, it’s quite possible, even likely, that the next next annual installment of Assassin’s Creed is already in the early phases development.

Ranters, what impact do you think Ubisoft Toronto is apt to have on Assassin’s Creed? Is it too early to begin speculating about Assassin’s Creed 5 and, on that note, where would you like to see the series head after AC 4: Black Flag?

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Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag will be released October 29, 2013 for the PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360. Eventual next-gen releases have also been confirmed.

Source: Polygon

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  1. Look, I friggin love Assassin’s Creed. But this is just too much too fast. I’m still doing some side crap on Assassin’s Creed 3. I am excited for Black Flag but its just too quick for me. Now speculation can soon begin on Assassin’s Creed 5? I never thought I’d say this but I’m kind of Assassin’s Creeded out.

    • Assassin’s creed has come out with a new game every year for a while now. This isn’t new. Plus it won’t be here until the end of october.

  2. I can’t believe they are still pushing the series. IMO just let it die with Desmond. This is all just unnecessary and unneeded.

    • SHUTUP if you had any idea about Assassins Creed you would know that it still has at least 5 more years before it ends! Their is so much more to explore and so much left to see.

  3. I want to see the series have an epic conclusion, otherwise the great story would lose value. I honestly wanted Altair and Ezio to be the only ancestors, and have an epic finale with Desmond, but now Ubisoft seems to be milking it now.

    • I kind of agree with you. I think that Altair, Ezio and Desmond really should’ve been the only ones we played as. I’ve said this millions of times but Connor was a complete disappointment and waste of a character. Assassin’s Crees III would’ve been a much better story and more climactic had it actually made an effort to make us care about Desmond…but it failed.

      • I get that a lot of people don’t dig Connor as a character – I didn’t mind him, didn’t love him – but I can’t understand why people think Altair was any better. Altair had no character whatsoever; he was a one-note cypher who only even spoke with arrogant petulance. Even if in Revelations they tried to retroactively give him an actual character – and give him a more realistic accent – it was too little too late. Connor was comparatively complex and conflicted creative. Sour, dour and moody, sure, but much more well-written. I’d take him over Altair any day.

        Ezio blew them both away, though. I like the look of Edward so far, too.

  4. There are a lot of historical periods which would make for an interesting AC game; as far as plot goes they could easily have it focus on another assassin cell with an animus – that way they could cover a lot of history from other cultures. Putting it all on Desmond would make me wonder how his ancestors got around so much.

    There’s still ancient Greece or Rome (at its height), any Chinese or Japanese stories, Red Revolution Russia, Napoleonic France, and they could even make a 3-muskateers era story (1600′s? I’m not good on that history)

  5. I love Assassin’s Creed, all the games so far, but I agree with alot of you. Ubisoft is moving a little too fast with the Assassin’s Creed series. They need to spend more time on the development because it seems like they’re just copying and pasting things from previous AC’s. And I’m a big fan of the going back in time and all, but I, personally, would like to see a more futuristic AC. I think that would be cool, but that’s just my opinion.

  6. its never too early for the next creed!!bring it on!!,assassins creed is the premier 3rd person game for me,and the best one.ever.the storyline’s engaging,gameplay’s riveting,what more do ya need ya game-lover?aye,hold on to ya hats ye mongrel game loving filthy rich wretch,more creed for ya!
    also,i don’t believe in giving rests to franchises,i mean come on,its not like we get too many games to play in a year anyway,i would take a new creed any day of the week…

  7. Wow, this game is amazing! I can’t wait for it to come out! I just watched a gameplay footage of it here:
    http://www.mediafire.com/?8mowbc84baob4av
    I think this wasn’t yet released to YouTube (please correct me if I’m wrong), so you need to download it. The gameplay starts at 1:53.

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