With Assassin’s Creed Revelations being the third Assassin’s Creed adventure in as many years, many gamers are bound to start wondering two things: how long this series will go on and does Ubisoft simply rush this games out to hit an annual holiday release? While the answer to the first question is a bit more complicated, and will leave fans getting a LOST feeling, the answer to the second question should provide some comfort.
Yes, Assassin’s Creed Revelations is considered the end to the Ezio and Altair arcs of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, but, in Ubisoft’s mind, it is also just the beginning. Ubisoft’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Tony Key, feels that the AC team is only getting started, and have barely scratched the surface when it comes to Assassin’s Creed stories.
That should make sense to anyone who has picked up an Assassin’s Creed game — a series that relies heavily on juxtaposing different time periods. Key believes that the “meta story” of Assassin’s Creed could go on forever, even without Desmond.
Key also believes that Revelations is a perfect place to jump into the franchise, something I’m not too sure about. Yes, Revelations does build off its predecessors in many ways, but it also gives only small slices of a grander story, one that was explored in greater detail in the first two games.
Most gamers will return to Assassin’s Creed Revelations because they want to know what’s around the next corner. Combat across both the multiplayer and single player has received subtle changes, but ultimately it’s an evolution of the formula perfected in AC2.
As far as the game’s development is concerned. Key revealed what anyone who has reached the credits in Assassin’s Creed Revelations knows: Ubisoft has a ton of studios working on these games. It’s no longer a single studio effort, especially if Ubi wants to reach an annual deadline.
“We work on it a lot longer than one year and that's part of it; we have multiple studios. Assassin's Creed is a blueprint brand. What that means is it has a lot of resources focused onto it. We constantly have people thinking about it, so we have a lot of people working on future iterations, while these games are being made we're already thinking about the next one…I hope people are getting over the idea that we rush them out; we don't make Assassin's Creed games in one year. That's something we want people to understand, and hopefully the message can get out.”
This doesn’t provide complete solace to gamers who feel that Assassin’s Creed has been treading similar water for quite some time now, but at least it shows that Ubisoft puts enough care into the franchise. Apparently Ubisoft has the vast majority of the franchise planned out, so gamers will just have to wait and see where things go.
Would you like to see the “meta story” of Assassin’s Creed go on forever? Do you think the games suffer at all because of its segmented development process?
Assassin’s Creed Revelations is out now for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
Source: A List Daily