Confirming the rumors, Ubisoft has announced that there will be no major Assassin’s Creed game released in 2016, marking the first time in a while that the series has skipped a year.
Assassin’s Creed launched way back in 2007, but became a bona-fide gaming powerhouse when Assassin’s Creed 2 hit the market in 2009. It became an annual franchise after that, with the French video game giant pumping out least one main series title every year up until 2015.
Assassin’s Creed Unity, which launched in a very buggy, sometimes unplayable state, was the clearest indication that quality had suffered as a result of the practise of constant yearly releases.
Ubisoft wants to make sure future installments are of the high quality that fans have come to expect, stating in a presser:
“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.”
Despite the drop in quality, the recent Assassin’s Creed games stand out as some of the best action-adventure games ever made. The delay of Assassin’s Creed 7, which is rumored to take place in Egypt, will make impatient upsets fans who have become used to a new title every year, nut it’s the right thing to do.
It’s good to see Ubisoft focusing on quality again.