Ubisoft Says No New Assassins Creed in 2011
When Assassins Creed: Brotherhood releases on November 16, itll have been almost exactly a year after the release of Assassins Creed 2. But dont expect yearly sequels to become the norm for the series: Speaking to Eurogamer, Ubisoft Montreals Jean-Francois Boivin said they already intend to give the series a year off, as there wont be a new Assassins Creed in 2011.
"Honestly, I think for the benefit of everybody -- and business can come back and override everything I say because at the end of the day its about selling games -- I believe that this license needs a breather," Boivin explained. "You cant plough a field every year. Once every three years -- or once every something -- you have to let it breathe. You have to let the minerals back in. I think its the same thing with any license, really."
Boivin pointed to other franchises infamous for yearly sequels as evidence that it tends to diminish excitement for a series. "We can see a lot of the music games that are releasing year after year -- the interest is a lot less than it used to be," Boivin said. "The excitement is a lot less than it used to be. You want to keep people excited. You gotta make people miss it a bit."
As for exactly how long this "breather" will last, Boivin said hes unsure but itll come down to "business people" putting a release date on the next game, and "creative people" saying "we need this much time to do something new and refreshing, just scope wise." And that could mean a year off, or perhaps more.
"If we skip a year, I think were good. But yeah, I think we could do something really true to the license if we skip a year and release it in 2012 or 2013," Boivin said.