Ubisoft has confirmed that there will be no new entry to the popular Assassin’s Creed being released next year. Instead, the company intends to remain focused on supporting this year’s title, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, by releasing additional content.
The Assassin’s Creed series is the flagship series for developer Ubisoft, and there has been a steady release of main titles and spinoffs for some years now. The series allows the players to play as members of a secret order of assassins throughout different historical time periods. The upcoming title Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes place in Ancient Greece and is likely one of the most anticipated releases this year. It may seem surprising that Ubisoft would not want to follow up this year’s predicted success with another entry in 2019.
This news comes from Gamescom, where Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot confirmed that there would be no main entries nor spin-offs to the Assassin’s Creed series coming out next year. He explained that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins were developed simultaneously by two different development teams at Ubisoft, and now that those games are coming out we have no third game for 2019.
Of course, the development schedule slowing down for Assassin’s Creed is nothing new. A few years ago, it felt as though there were more Assassin’s Creed games being released than there were days in the year, but after a few titles receiving a lukewarm reception, this trend suddenly halted. Then we had to wait two whole years for Assassin’s Creed Origins to come out. It was a smart move, as both gameplay innovations and the waiting time managed to make the series seem less stale.
So are Ubisoft being cautious and trying to not repeat their old mistakes? Possibly, but then again the games industry isn’t exactly known for its hindsight.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is set to release worldwide on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC on October 5 this year.