Ubisoft is preparing to release Assassin’s Creed: Unity this fall, but some critics believe that the developer could put this franchise to rest after the first next-gen-only title is released. However, Unity is not the only game Ubisoft is planning on releasing this fall; Comet is the name of the same installment, but the difference is that it will be released on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Not much is known about Comet and rumor has it that it could be an entirely different game, so Ubisoft’s bold decision of releasing two games in one year is perceived differently by both fans and professionals.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity will appear this fall and the sneak peek gives a clear hint that the decision of moving the action right into the French Revolution is a calculated one, but some critics believe that Ubisoft could put the franchise to rest after Unity is released. Although it has been heavily rumored that Ubisoft’s Comet is an entirely different game for PS3 and Xbox 360, no further details have been offered by the publisher. Irrespective of whether Comet is released at the same time with Unity or not, Assassin’s Creed could put an end to an annual schedule which has occupied the last five years. Last year, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told Kotaku boss Stephen Totilo during E3 that there were three parts of the franchise in development. Since Black Flag was already released, Unity is in plan for this fall and Comet could also be revealed this year, a production pause could be in sight. It took three years to produce Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which could mean that the next one should already be in development.
Ubisoft’s Franchise in Numbers
Brotherhood and Revelations are, from a financial point of view, the worst chapters of the franchise and some gamers blame the lack of numbers of the Assassin’s Creed story, because when the third part was released, 12.27 million units were sold, which transformed it into the best-selling title of the series. Black Flag did not impress gamers, which could mean that Unity should meet high sales expectations in order to survive.
Also, despite of the slow sales, Black Flag cost approximately $100 million and required the work of eight studios; Assassin’s Creed: Unity is believed to cost even more, so if the sales expectations are not met, Ubisoft could have to scale back on annual releases or put the franchise to rest after the two chapters will be released.
Unity is considered the franchise’s most awaited chapter, thanks to the fact that its action takes place during the French Revolution and it represents the publisher’s first next-gen-only title. However, even though Ubisoft might decide to put Assassin’s Creed to rest or pause the franchise after Unity, there are games like GTA that survive and succeed with games released every five years.
Irrespective of the publisher’s decision after Unity and Comet, no other chapter has been made public, which could mean that Ubisoft might decide to put Assassin’s Creed to rest for a while. Some critics have accused the publisher of “milking” the franchise, especially with the release of Black Flag, mobile game Pirates, a board game called Arena and the HD remake of Liberation, but it remains to be seen what Ubisoft decides after the release of Unity and Comet.
By Gabriela Motroc