Like most successful video games franchises, the Assassin’s Creed series has pretty much been milked for all that it’s worth. Rumors have been circulating recently that Ubisoft would be taking a break from the franchise’s yearly release cycle in order to avoid outright series fatigue and as it turns out, that’s exactly what the company plans to do.
Ubisoft released this press release today which, among other things, revealed that there will be no new Assassin’s Creed game this fall:
It’s an exciting time for Assassin’s Creed.
We’re only a few months removed from the debut of Jacob and Evie Frye, the stars of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. We’re proud of the talented team in Quebec City, and all of our studios around that world that took part in bringing the Victorian London adventures of our twin Assassins to life. We truly hope you enjoy playing Assassin’s Creed Syndicate as much as our studios enjoyed making it.
Also, we recently unveiled the first images of Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender in action as our lead Assassin in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie that hits theaters on December 21, 2016. Having already visited the set, we can’t begin to describe how surreal and exciting it is to walk the real-world halls of Abstergo, or see the intricate replicas of Assassin weaponry. We have an outstanding cast and crew that want to honor the rich lore of Assassin’s Creed and bring a fresh perspective to the ongoing battle between Assassins and Templars that’s fit for the big screen.
This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.
We’ll have more to share on all of the above soon. In the meantime, we want to say thank you to our millions of fans around the world for your continued support.
As the statement makes note of, fans will have no shortage of Assassin’s Creed content to experience this year: there will not only be a feature length movie released later this year, but we’ve also seen two new spin-off games in the form of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India and Russia released in the last two months.
Still, Ubisoft’s decision to extend the release cycle of its most lucrative gaming property could set a precedent in the AAA gaming space if other large studios in similar situations decide to follow suit. We wouldn’t exactly be upset if the Call of Duty franchise decided to skip a 2016 release…