Wednesday, July 07, 2021
Update: Since reports have emerged regarding Assassin's Creed Infinity, Ubisoft has now released an official statement on the project, confirming that it is indeed happening. A cross-studio project between Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Quebec, Infinity will come to “define the overall future of Assassin’s Creed”, the company states.
Marc-Alexis Côté will lead the project as Executive Producer, having worked on Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed Syndicate, while Clint Hocking will head up efforts at Ubisoft Montreal, alongside Jonathan Dumont, who will oversee work at Ubisoft Quebec. Together, both will serve as joint Creative Directors on the game, with Julien Laferrière acting as Senior Producer across both studios.
“This change means we’re also evolving along with the video game industry,” Ubisoft explains in a statement regarding Assassin's Creed Infinity shifting the series to live service. "The pandemic and working from home have fundamentally changed the way we produce games, giving us a moment to reflect on our organisation.
“Assassin’s Creed was born within the walls of Ubisoft Montreal and the studio built an incredible foundation for the franchise with the immense skill and creativity of its teams before Ubisoft Quebec then took the lead with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Odyssey, demonstrating its ability to drive the franchise even further.”
The statement continues: “Rather than continuing to pass the baton from game to game, we profoundly believe this is an opportunity for one of Ubisoft’s most beloved franchises to evolve in a more integrated and collaborative manner that’s less centered on studios and more focused on talent and leadership, no matter where they are within Ubisoft.”
According to reports, Ubisoft could be concocting a massive online Assassin's Creed live service game, under the codename ‘Assassin’s Creed Infinity'. Apparently, the planned title would continually evolve over the years, and serve as an online platform that may encompass multiple time periods within the Assassin's Creed universe. It's also thought that the game could serve as a hub of sorts to play other entries in the AC series.
The reports come from Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, who claims that both Ubisoft Montreal (developer of AC Valhalla and Origins) and Ubisoft Quebec (Assassin's Creed Odyssey) are collaborating on the project, although he notes that it's a long way out from release. A spokesperson for Ubisoft reportedly told Schreier that Assassin's Creed Infinity is an endeavour that it hopes will “exceed the expectations of fans who have been asking for a more cohesive approach” across AC games.
Schreier's report also notes that several key developers who remain in roles on the title have previously been accused of sexual abuse at Ubisoft, but are still in senior positions on the project. “Any employee that had allegations and remain at Ubisoft has had their case rigorously reviewed by a third party and were either exonerated or underwent appropriate disciplinary actions,” Ubisoft told Schreier. “Employees who have been under investigation would not remain at Ubisoft if results of investigations warranted termination.”
Ubisoft has yet to officially comment on the existence of Assassin's Creed Infinity, which could reportedly be out as late as 2024 or beyond. According to Schreier (who has a reliable track record with this sort of thing), the project is inspired by the ongoing success of games like Grand Theft Auto V and Fortnite, which have continued to attract a huge, loyal player base thanks to regular updates and support.
NEW: The future of Assassin’s Creed is live service. Ubisoft Montreal and Quebec have teamed up for Assassin’s Creed Infinity, a huge platform planned to have multiple settings. But after the reorg, several men accused of abuse remain in charge. My latest: https://t.co/fre2ljvh8g— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) July 7, 2021
NEW: The future of Assassin’s Creed is live service. Ubisoft Montreal and Quebec have teamed up for Assassin’s Creed Infinity, a huge platform planned to have multiple settings. But after the reorg, several men accused of abuse remain in charge. My latest: https://t.co/fre2ljvh8g
Details on Assassin’s Creed Infinity are still in flux as it won’t be out until 2024 or later, but it may be some sort of hub that allows people to play multiple AC games both big and small. Or Ubisoft may say screw it and give up to chase the next trend 3 years from now— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) July 7, 2021
Details on Assassin’s Creed Infinity are still in flux as it won’t be out until 2024 or later, but it may be some sort of hub that allows people to play multiple AC games both big and small. Or Ubisoft may say screw it and give up to chase the next trend 3 years from now
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