The last Assassin’s Creed game I remember finishing and fully enjoying was Black Flag, as it did away with the dull and uninteresting story of the first three games (sorry guys, but Desmond sucks) and decided to invest in a fun pirate story. Ever since then, Assassin’s Creed has had many games that have gone further and further away from what the series originally did and focused more on combat and RPG systems that kept players engaged for dozens of hours.
Despite owning Odyssey and playing a nice chunk of it, I never finished it cause of how dense the game world is. The presence of loot systems and hundreds of small icons that were begging to be checked off reminded me too much of The Division, another multiplayer Ubisoft IP that might have its lunch nibbled on by Assassin’s Creed.
To Infinity and a giant pile of money
According to Jason Schreier’s article on Bloomberg, Ubisoft is planning on making a multiplayer-focused Assassin’s Creed that will take inspiration from other multiplayer heavyweights like GTA V and Fortnite. The article goes on to say that the title, named Assassin’s Creed Infinite, will be updated constantly and have different aspects to it that will still connect together in some way.
Each module of the game will take place in a different setting and feel different from each other but will ultimately still connect together in some way. No further details are given in the article, as the unnamed source claims that the project is still in some state of flux at the moment.
Given that the two main inspirations are the biggest moneymakers in gaming right now, it’s no surprise that an equally popular franchise would want in on that money pie. Assassin’s Creed is a series that has been leaning more towards the looter-shooter kind of gameplay that other games like The Division and Destiny have.
It’s surprising that Assassin’s Creed has taken so long to go the full-on multiplayer route given that they had multiplayer modes in earlier games that were well received. However, given that the market has changed and more grandiose experiences are valued by players (i.e games like Fortnite and GTA V), I understand that they could very much want to enter the market with a strong showing.
There’s also the little issue of the sexual harassment claims against Ubisoft higher-ups presumably making every current project difficult to move forward with. It’s even mentioned in the Bloomberg article that said claims are making things difficult for the teams involved with the current project. The challenges of trying to navigate the controversies and also make an already complicated project like Assassin’s Creed Infinite all the more difficult to develop.
I hope that Ubisoft can both create a good product for players to enjoy and also do right by the people that had to deal with all the disgusting people that were exposed last year. Only time will tell if Ubisoft will eventually do the right thing.
Here’s to hoping for a bright future. For both Assassin’s Creed and the affected employees at Ubisoft.