With both Assassin’s Creed 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Liberation set to release in 2012 there should be no shortage of colonial assassinations in the video game world, but, just to ensure that the market is adequately saturated with Assassin’s Creed content, Ubisoft is apparently rolling out a mobile experience that incorporates elements from the Assassin’s Creed 3 universe.
Titled Assassin’s Creed Utopia, this mobile game will allow players to build their own ideal colonial city, a utopia if you will. It seems like less of a singular narrative, and more of a world-building experience, where the player takes control of a newly formed colony – essentially before any of the events in Assassin’s Creed 3.
The game will also incorporate some of the futuristic elements of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, namely sinister corporation Abstergo’s involvement with a technology called ‘Utopia’.
Details regarding Utopia thus far are pretty slim, but a partnership between Ubisoft and Gree on the game suggests a larger social slant than gamers might be expecting. Perhaps interacting with other players will populate this ‘utopia’ and allow for greater growth. It does seem, however, that the connections with Assassin’s Creed 3 are only superficial, unless the game allows currency earned in Utopia to be transferred.
Utopia Producer Andreane Meunier promises that the games social elements will not keep it from being a hardcore experience, stressing that the team is trying something different.
“We’re working together to make a unique experience on mobile that’s not going to be just ‘casual’, but that can also be related to more ‘hardcore’ brands…what we’ve been looking at is to have a true Assassin’s Creed experience, to make sure the fans and those that know and love the brand really recognize the Assassin’s Creed touch.”
On the surface, Assassin’s Creed Utopia doesn’t seem like that much of an Assassin’s Creed experience, but that’s probably because all we’ve been given thus far are surface details. How the creation of this colonial town factors in the war between the Templars and the Assassins is unclear, as is the way the player will be interacting with the world they create, but the promise of more Assassin’s Creed on the go has us intrigued.
What do you think of Assassin’s Creed Utopia, a new mobile experience from Ubisoft and Gree? Will Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation be the mobile game that convinces you to pick up a Vita?
Source: Pocket Gamer