I’m sorry if the first page of Kotaku looks like an ad for Ubisoft right now, but you want to know the wildest thing about it all? That’s not even all that the French company has recently announced to the world Assassin’s Creed during his big Ubisoft Forward event. There was so much Assassin’s CreedUbisoft today organized an entire showcase for the open world series.
We knew it would come, of course. And Ubisoft has always been a company that has had multiple Assassin’s Creed irons in the fire. But on the other hand, there is a reason why this is the first year that an exclusive segment of the series was needed. Let’s examine it, shall we?
In addition to finally ending Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with a free content update that concludes the story, Ubisoft is doing an assI believe set in Japan, which is technically the main hotticket series element after fans have been begging for that setting for so long. But the company is too truly enhancing the “return to origins” Assassin’s Creed Mirage, which is set 20 years earlier Valhalla. And don’t forget, Valhalla i just got a new mode too not long ago. Valhalla has been receiving constant updates all this time.
I point this out because I want to point out that what Ubisoft revealed today was not the equivalent of the company finally feeding fans after a drought, even though it’s technically been a couple of years since the last mainline entry. There was nothing new Assassin’s Creed last year, but the car never stopped. In fact, Ubisoft says 2021 has been one of the best years ever for the franchise, from a revenue standpoint.
Good. These are the important things that were talked about if not leaked for a long time. We also have a mysterious mobile game from Netflix, ostensibly to celebrate the eventual release of its live-action series, but it’s not the only mobile game in development right now. Not so much after Tencent acquired a larger stake in Ubisoftwe received an announcement of something with a code name Assassin’s Creed JADE, a “triple A” game set in ancient China that is making its way to mobile devices.
But wait, there’s more! While we only have a short teaser for it, Ubisoft is working on something it is codenaming Assassin’s Creed HEXE, which appears to be a witch-like twist on the stabby franchise.
Did you think we were done? My sweet summer baby. No. A guy a Ace is signaling that we will have too Assassin’s Creed Invictusa multiplayer-focused entry that will be supported by developers who have worked on games such as Rainbow 6 Siege And For honor. For reasons of sanity, I leave out all news related to merchandising and entertainment. But let it be known that everything I just typed wasn’t everything yet, technically speaking.
No wonder Ubisoft also announced Assassin’s Creed Infinitya hub that both portend our fate under the ever-expanding time series, but, more practically, will link this vast network of games together. Somehow. Ubisoft made Infinite sounds confusing as hell, even though we know it will work as a pitcher and so on Infinite it will also house elements of the larger modern meta plot that will tie tradition together. We know that too Assassin’s Creed Red will be part of Infinite somehow, which makes sense: even if people are skeptical of the download one more thingthey will probably do it for a game of this profile.
It’s all very ambitious, and I’m sure there’s something here for every appetite you might have, given the wide variety of things in development, not all of them will be over a hundred hour giants. But damn, nothing’s out yet and I’m already a little overwhelmed and fatigued. Assassin’s Creed it is no longer a franchise, it is an industry.
Now you may be wondering how Ubisoft is doing all of this amid a broader showdown within its development studios around the world, some of which are looking to unite. While workers say Ubisoft introduced things like abuse reporting systems, a necessary inclusion later a high profile developer on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was fired for “misconduct” the group remains critical of how the company has, in their opinion, mishandled the most recent reports of “abusers”. In a recent interview, however, Ubisoft executive producer Marc-Alexis Côté did so he insisted that the company is more proactive. “We intervene much earlier when there is a situation that could lead us on the path of harassment,” said Côté.
All along, Ubisoft has been trying to give studios more development time to help deliver the dizzying number of games that have been announced today.