Ubisoft Montreal's producer Vincent Pontbriand has come out to say that they both acknowledge their missteps in Assassin’s Creed 2’s DLC and vow to improve when it comes to after-retail releases for the newly released Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.Vincent goes on to say in a discussion with CVG:
"We wish to [do better]. I think people felt cheated at the impression that there was stuff that didn't make it into the game. It's frustrating since I can understand that view but it wasn't our intentions at all."
In comparing their approach to Brotherhood with what was done with the second game, Ubisoft is well aware that people were greatly dissatisfied with having certain elements of their main quest removed only to be charged for them later. Not only were these sequences held back from the player, but they weren’t very engaging to boot. This move, while financially smart, put a smudge on an otherwise great game.
Now that Assassin’s Creed has been outfitted with its own multiplayer mode, Ubisoft has decided to use that mode as the arena for releasing their DLC. Taking a page straight from the more popular DLC purveyor’s book, expect Brotherhood’s offerings to come in the form of new maps or new characters rather than extra story missions. With such a hotly anticipated title, content of any sort is more than welcome.
Trying to make your mark in such a crowded fall season is already a difficult task as it is, but at the same time being asked to extend your game’s shelf life can create some wear and tear on a developer. Now that Ubisoft has learned from their mistakes and has made moves to ensure they do not happen again, the hope here is that long after Brotherhood’s release gamers will be coming back for seconds, thirds, and so on.
Are you willing to give Ubisoft another chance after having been burned by their previous DLC offerings? Would you be interested in purchasing maps/characters for the multiplayer mode?
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is available now for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Look for Game Rant's full review tomorrow morning.