Ubisoft Has an End in Place for Assassin's Creed
Written Monday, August 05, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Ubisoft has an end already mapped out for the Assassin's Creed series, according to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Game Director Ashraf Ismail. With an overall arc on how things will pan out in place, Ubisoft is able to create ideas to be seeded throughout the series.
"We have multiple development teams, then we have the brand team that sits on top and is filled with writers and designers concerned with the series' overall arc," stated Ismail. "So there is an overall arc, and each iteration has its place inside this.
"We have an idea of where the end is, what the end is. But of course Yves [Guillemot, Ubisoft boss] announced we are a yearly title, we ship one game a year. So depending on the setting, depending on what fans want, we've given ourselves room to fit more in this arc. But there is an end."
The multiple studios that work on the yearly Assassin's Creed titles at Ubisoft are able to share notes on the narrative arc, providing hints towards the series' future in each Assassin's Creed iteration. For example the idea of Edward Kenway started with Connor and Haytham in Assassin's Creed III.
"We're now able to seed stuff earlier and earlier in our games," Ismail explained. "So for example in [ACIV] we have Edward, who was seeded in ACIII. But there's a lot more stuff in our game that is hinting at other possibilities."
As for the future of the franchise, it looks like multiplayer naval battles could make it into one of the next Assassin's Creed games. It was something that had to be abandoned for ACIV, just like seamless naval warfare and ship boarding was cut from ACIII but makes the transition in Black Flag.
"The biggest cut we made - which we were pushing hard for but we felt we couldn't achieve at a high enough quality - was multiplayer with naval [battles]," Ismail commented. "We had really cool prototypes but to get it to work and to balance the systems - the balance of naval is tricky - to do that in multiplayer... we just couldn't do it in this iteration."
Interesting stuff... Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is out on October 29th in North America and November 1st in Europe.