Given that recent Assassin’s Creed games have been separated by a year between releases, the fact that a new entry in the series wasn’t announced during Ubisoft Forward this year wasn’t all that strange.
Today however, Assassin’s Creed is a topic of conversation because there is seemingly a new game coming that has piqued our interest.
According to a Bloomberg report which cites unidentified sources who are familiar with the project, that game is a live-service Assassin’s Creed game under the code name Assassin’s Creed: Infinity.
Bloomberg’s report states that Ubisoft Quebec will be in charge of the project but the team that was once Ubisoft Montreal (Quebec and Montreal teams have merged) will collaborate on the project.
Ubisoft aims to “exceed the expectations of fans who have been asking for a more cohesive approach” according to an Ubisoft spokeswoman.
The most recent Assassin’s Creed games have taken a distinct RPG approach and, while Ubisoft has nailed it, there is room for something new. Is that something new a live-service game? It could be, because it makes a lot of sense.
While folks recoil at the idea of a live-service game, many of the most popular games being played today encompass some aspect of a live-service. The most obvious reason for making a game this way is that you can charge players extra for things like a Battle Pass or limited-time drops of cosmetic items.
The other side is that you have a bit more freedom with your storytelling, gameplay and locations if you start off with a blank slate. For instance, The Division Heartland is a forthcoming free-to-play title from Ubisoft that will surely have a live-service element. The name gives Ubisoft the chance to explore every inch of the US if it so chooses.
This might be rather important if Assassin’s Creed: Infinity is confirmed to be real because traditionally the games have explored different regions of the globe. An open-ended game could finally mean Ubisoft can take us to Japan without the need to build an entire game around the setting.
The more we think about this though, the more questions we have. Will there be a multiplayer aspect to this game? Will the game be free-to-play? Will we have endless debates about whether Ubisoft will try to make a game political? We don’t know but we’re going to keep an eye out for more news about this game.
We do hope that Ubisoft takes players to Japan, a country players have been begging to visit in the games since they launched. Please Ubisoft, let’s start in the East and then move around if that is indeed the plan for this game.