It’s been all hands on deck for Ubisoft recently. News about upcoming Assassin’s Creed games has been coming thick and fast. The publisher has unveiled a new demo explaining the mission design of Assassin’s Creed: Unity, the upcoming PC, Xbox One and PS4 title, alongside revealing that the story is about love as much as it is about the French Revolution.
Meanwhile, Ubisoft has been releasing just as much news about their other soon-to-be-released Assassin’s Creed title, Assassin’s Creed Rogue. The PS3 and Xbox 360 game has a new gameplay walkthrough video to its name, detailing hero Shay Patrick Cormac’s actions at land and at sea. The story also promises to tell the final chapter of ‘The Kenway Saga’.
With the two games being released in back-to-back months, it turns out that some fans feel that the release of Assassin’s Creed titles within such short notice counts as overkill. However, Karl von der Luhe, producer of Assassin’s Creed Rogue, has taken on this issue in an interview with EuroGamer. Luhe states that those who are concerned over Ubisoft’s two-title launch schedule are only a “vocal minority.”
Luhe feels that two games in two months is not too much for the fans.
“There are the hardcore Assassin’s Creed fans that are happy to play two games and there are of course many fans who have not yet made that financial move to go to next-gen. These are the guys that we’re really catering for – they’re thankful for the fact that they will have a compelling Assassin’s Creed game to play on either their Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.”
According to Luhe, Ubisoft made the decision to release two games in 2014 “a long time ago.” Full production on Assassin’s Creed Rogue did not begin until more recently, but Luhe also stated that “the idea of being a Templar has been around for years – ever since AC1.” Apparently the actual idea and story was locked down “around two years ago” – although Luhe would not go into details on when full development started.
Both Unity and Rogue are enticing prospects for fans of the series. The co-op mode of Assassin’s Creed: Unity is something that fans have sought for a long time, and it looks set to bring an interesting dynamic to the gameplay, whilst Assassin’s Creed Rogue’s shift to the world of the Templars could bring a whole new level of context to the history of the Assassins in North America. If that’s not enough Assassin’s Creed for the fans, then there is always the Assassin’s Creed Monopoly set to fall back on, too.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity will be released on October 28, 2014 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, whilst Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be released for PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 11.