Ubisoft has confirmed that it is relaxing the development schedule for its traditionally-annual Assassin's Creed franchise, and that no game in the series will be published this year.
Since the original launched in 2007, the Assassin's Creed franchise has received at least one instalment every year - albeit with 2008 seeing only the Nintendo DS and mobile exclusive Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles launched, rather than a mainstream entry. Lately, though, Ubisoft has come under fire for the parlous launch state of its games: the company was even forced to apologise for Assassin's Creed: Unity
, offering free downloadable content and a back-catalogue game to disappointed buyers unable to play the title properly at launch.
It seems, though, that Ubisoft is aware of the reputation it is getting for buggy releases. In an announcement
, the team behind Assassin's Creed explained that there will be no new entry in the franchise this year. '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,
' the statement from the team explained. '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.
Interestingly, this means a potential missed opportunity for the franchise: this year sees the launch of a film adaptation starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons, and it was expected that Ubisoft would capitalise on the new audience with the launch of a tie-in game - the game of the film of the game, so to speak.