Next Assassin's Creed Could Have a "Shared" and "Social" Open-World
Written Tuesday, November 19, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Assassin's Creed's next instalment will be a more next-gen affair than its predecessor, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, according to Lead Game Designer Jean-Sebastien Decant, with a more "shared" and "social" open-world inspired by Ubisoft stablemate Watch_Dogs.
"I think next next-gen is going to be for the next games. The next games are going to be much more on the next-gen side. This one is really on the edge," Decant said, referring to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
The next Assassin's Creed will be pushing the envelope more, according to Decant. "I think we're going toward a gaming place where the open world will be shared with other players. More and more. Socially speaking, but also maybe multiplayer stuff. And we will have to consider the open world much more like a platform that we could sustain for years."
It's thanks to Watch_Dogs that Assassin's Creed will be going this way, apparently, with Ubisoft Montreal's open-world Chicago showing the "path to the future."
"Absolutely, Watch Dogs is kind of showing us the path for the future. Absolutely," Decant remarked. "But we have to create a... We have to respect our brands. So if we have to go that way with Assassin's Creed we have to think about how it could fit into Assassin's Creed."
As well as a more shared, social experience, Ubisoft is also keen to build upon the core tenets of the Assassin's Creed games too, such as the free-running parkour elements, social stealth and blending in.
"The core pillars are still social stealth being able to blend into the crowd and finding a way to reach your target without being seen. There is this idea of having the parkour - you can jump around - and then the notion of freedom that combines everything. These are the roots of Assassin's Creed," Decant noted.
"We will try and work and build upon them. We cannot tell you that we're happy and this is how we want the game to be and we're going to do ten more games with exactly that same gameplay. No, we are unhappy. We want to do more. There are lots of things we want to refine on the combat side, on the parkour, on the stealth. Of course."
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is out on current-gen consoles now, and will be available for Xbox One on November 22nd. You can read our Xbox 360 review here.