Here’s some fantastic news for fans of Ubisoft’s long-running series: company CEO Yves Guillemot has stated during the publisher’s Investor Day that Assassin’s Creed will likely no longer be an annualised series. Since 2009’s Assassin’s Creed II, Ubisoft has churned out annual releases of the game, often to the IP’s detriment. Assassin’s Creed Unity was an unmitigated disaster of a release, but last year’s Syndicate was somewhat of an improvement.
Specifically talking about the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Guillemot said: “The goal is not to automatically come back to an annual cycle, but to come back on a regular basis. We can’t say every year.”
Exactly a week ago, Ubisoft confirmed that there would be no Assassin’s Creed title released at the end of the year. The next time we see an entry in the IP will be in 2017; that game will be set in Ancient Egypt. The move to a less frequent release schedule will hopefully breathe new life into the franchise, which has continued to lose fans with each release. Buggy games and minimal changes to gameplay mechanics year-on-year have had an impact on what was once one of the best IPs in the industry.