Ubisoft Puts Assassin’s Creed to Rest After Unity?

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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

Sources:
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9 Responses to "Ubisoft Puts Assassin’s Creed to Rest After Unity?"

  1. Jessica   April 8, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    This is a pretty stupid article.

    “some critics believe that the developer could put this franchise to rest after the first next-gen-only title is released.” Source?

    “Black Flag did not impress gamers” What? It definitely did. It’s ratings are better than AC3’s (and many other games’ ratings) by a long shot on pretty much every retailer site.

    “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.” New technology comes out every year for industries such as the gaming one, and it costs money. Every AC game from here on out will cost more to make than all of the previous ones. AC is also an extremely lucrative franchise comparatively, to the point where after however many games in ~5 years (6 on consoles plus Liberation and Discovery), consumers still want it at least every year. Now there’s 2 to be released in 2014. If you know even basic economics, that means supply is increasing to meet increased demand. Only when demand slows down will the supply. AKA there’s a very VERY slim chance AC will “put the franchise to rest.” Maybe slow down a bit (which is doubtful, due to how badly consumers want it) but AC will be here for a long time.

    “Unity is considered the franchise’s most awaited chapter” By whom?

    “Some critics have accused the publisher of “milking” the franchise” Milking…..could also be called savvy businessmen seeing a void in the gaming market and filling it.

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  2. Tawny   April 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    So basically this entire article is speculation and is not at all informative. It doesn’t seem particularly correct, either. “Brotherhood and Revelations are the worst.” Regardless of whether you mean financially or otherwise, you’re still wrong. From my own point of view and from what I’ve experienced talking with other players and browsing forums and whatnot, it seems to me like Revelations was the peak. It’s just downhill from there, though Black Flag was somewhat better than 3.

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  3. Tman   April 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    woah woah woah woah. OK. SO you said brotherhood was the worst chapter???? You do realize that the game is seen as the supreme height of the series with only the game before as a competitor?
    And unity is the most awaited chapter? every chapter is most awaited. And ubisoft’s sales are not suffering. In fact they are getting better by the game. AC3 was the worst but they still made a fair amount and ACBF made the sales go up higher.

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  4. Mstngrcs   April 4, 2014 at 8:58 am

    this guy really needs to do some proper research before calling games like ACIV-Black Flag,Brotherhood not impressive…These were THE BEST games the Series has had so far apart from AC2 which is still the best…..and as mentioned before it was because of AC3 being too hyped by ubisoft….so please…do not call good games bad just because they didn’t sell upto expectations..!!

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  5. will   April 4, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Black flag was the best game ever made imo

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  6. Aiden Vestgaard   April 3, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I admit I think a break would help their sales, however as a fan of the series I would miss the annual instalments, its like a new holiday each year when I get the next AC game. I enjoyed even the weaker AC games because I simply love the formula. Each game has its weaknesses, but then each one also introduces a new dynamic, such as AC III with the naval combat and personally I think the best LOOKING AC hero, even though its not my favourite instalment. Revelations was the only game I believe to be a boring dead end game. It simply offered too little new mechanics apart from the den defence thing that just sucked completely and annoyed gamers instead of entertaining them. As for the future I think now that we have a more powerful gen of consoles and such it gives Ubisoft room to add some very powerful mechanics that might give the series that much needed boost, such as the dense crowds that can be seen in the new teaser trailer for Unity.

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  7. Mikey Auditore   April 3, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Imo, there will be no better game than Revelations. Ending was glorious. I have high hopes for Unity and the future of AC, but only time will tell.

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  8. Eric   April 3, 2014 at 11:57 am

    “Gamers were not impressed…” What are you talking about? Other than a slightly weaker storyline, gamers and critics praised Black Flag as the best in the series since AC II. The reason for lower sales was due to AC III. Typically a bad game will cause the next in line to faulter in revenue. Just look at the movies in this case as just the opposite is true when a good movie will cause anticipation and higher sales when a crappy sequel follows. I beleive that AC Unity will do mediocre returns as the sucess of Black Flag will help while the current generation exclusive status will hold its numbers back. (THERE IS NO NEXT GEN…ITS IS CURRENT AND OLD GEN AT THIS POINT). Overall though, I beleive a break for the franchise would actually help further games and the upcoming AC movie.

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  9. ivanie oritz   April 3, 2014 at 11:50 am

    this series can be ended because this game, some people don’t just play this game for killing and the action. I for one play because I always wanted to be hero for freedom. And this game is just that.

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