Ubisoft executives have given us a brief glimpse into how the next Assassin’s Creed game is coming along during a recent earnings call. The video game publisher/developer claimed that it was “looking good,” and that it would only be released when it’s ready. Counter to previous entries in the series, Ubisoft is not pinning down a planned launch date just yet.
Assassin’s Creed might be one of the most successful franchises in gaming history, but Ubisoft decided to take a step back with it for next installment. Rather than releasing it annually, as has become commonplace, it’s taking more time and the developer staying oddly quiet about it.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t pry a little bit of information from the people behind the games. While talking about Watch Dogs 2 to the press, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that he couldn’t discuss it much yet, but that Ubisoft was working very hard on the game and, that it would be launched when it’s ready. Sound familiar?
CFO Alan Martinez then added (as per GamesSpot), “It’s a great game. I’ve seen it. It’s looking good.”
Counter to previous yearly releases of Assassin’s Creed games, this next one really is rather secretive. We don’t know for sure when it will come out or where it will be set, though rumors currently point to 2017 and Egypt, respectively.
Part of the reason for this delay was due to previous debacles with the series. Although Assassin’s Creed Syndicate released to mostly solid praise, its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Unity, was plagued with bugs and problems that should have been picked up by such a large developmental team.
Those bugs permanently tarnished the franchise’s reputation, so the next Assassin’s Creed seems to be an effort to correct those mistakes. Earlier this year, Ubisoft editorial vice president Tommy Franchois said that the plan was to get to an alpha state with the game and then spend up to a year polishing and refining it.