Ubisoft Admits The Assassins Creed Series Does Not Have An End In Sight

Written by Andrew Moynihan on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 1:45 PM
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In news that will come as moderately depressing for some, and an assurance for many more, Ubisoft has admitted that there is no end in sight for the Assassin’s Creed series, despite words to the contrary.

Last year Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag director Ashraf Ismail made it clear that there was an overarching plan for the Assassin’s Creed series, with an end in sight. Ismail may have made his point clear, but sky-high sales make a point clearer...

In an interview last year Ismail said "So there is an overall arc, and each iteration has its place inside this. We have an idea of where the end is, what the end is.” He continued; “But of course Yves Guillemot announced we are a yearly title, we ship one game a year. So depending on the setting, depending on what fans want, we've given ourselves room to fit more in this arc. But there is an end."

Well, that was last year. Now lead writer for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt has revealed that might not be strictly true. "There's been a bit of confusion," he said. "This storyline has an ending, but because all of history is open to us we see the universe as a Doctor Who type thing. There are so many possibilities we don't want to definitively end the universe, but we can have storylines that have endings."

It’s still unknown what the next Assassin’s Creed game will entail, but we know that we can’t be far from an unveiling if Ubisoft keeps sticking to its yearly schedule. An email in Black Flag’s modern day section gave rise to a number of potential settings for the series, including the Wild West, Victorian London, Feudal Japan, and even the ‘Summer of Love’ across America’s Pacific coast.

Now that the Assassin’s Creed series’ scope is pretty much unlimited by any previous events in the series, where would you like to see it taken next?

Do you think the next game will be a Black Flag spin-off similar in relation to Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations?

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11:28 Jan-31-2014

an awesome game each year. Great news!

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09:38 Jan-31-2014

Now that's one good news for me to hear, hope to see more assassins in future :D

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00:56 Jan-31-2014

shakes head Of course there is no end in sight. Ubisoft will milk AC until the last drop is gone.

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13:16 Jan-31-2014

I really dislike that its so common nowadays i really hate cod doing it but cant say about this game since i haven`t played even the first one. Well its one big marathon if i like it :D.

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18:06 Feb-01-2014

assassin's creed is really good, it's, the only annual game I know of that doesn't do the SAME EXACT THING every year, yeah, same mechanics, same basic concept, but new stuff added, new stories, new graphics, etc.

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20:54 Jan-30-2014

That's great, i love the Assassin's creed series, except last AC black flag, wasn't really a big fan of it, altho the graphics were amazing, just wished there were more land missions then ship missions.

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21:48 Jan-30-2014

I agree, although I haven't played Black Flag yet due to the flop that was AC3. It was just TERRIBLE. It was like a 6 hour tutorial. The missions with Conner's father were pretty good, but after that it was just utter crap.

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23:24 Jan-30-2014

Nah I loved AC 3 (played it on PS3), imo it was 1 of the best series of AC, I loved pretty much all of them, except AC black flag, it was too much ship stuff :(

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22:27 Jan-30-2014

I honestly didn't think black flag graphics were that good. I have it on the Xbox One

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22:51 Jan-30-2014

MAX it out on a PC and you will know a different AC Black Flag :D

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23:24 Jan-30-2014

True that lol, i played on medium/high and the graphics were still amazing.

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00:14 Jan-31-2014

Same here :) Same setting :D but not much smooth.

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00:24 Jan-31-2014

Of course you didn't think the graphics were that good, in all truth console graphics are mediocre at best. They sacrifice tons of effects and features to make it work on the consoles, and the end result is something that isn't all that great looking by comparison. PC is where it really shines; with everything maxed out it looks fantastic.

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03:29 Jan-31-2014

Well if you compare Ryse: Son Rome and Assassins Creed, there's no comparison

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08:26 Jan-31-2014

i kinda liked the ship battles at first but then it got repetitive,it would be awesome if they put co-op and more huge ships

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20:38 Jan-30-2014

Well, being as AC is my favorite game series I'll continue buying them. :)

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19:25 Jan-30-2014

Assassin's Creed: To Infinity and Beyond

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19:21 Jan-30-2014

i like the ninja style assassin's..

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18:31 Jan-30-2014

feudal Japan sonds interesting think samurais katanas and amazing fighting styles

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18:30 Jan-30-2014

They already stumbled a bit, I think they should end very soon on a good note, if possible. I mean I played AC3, and hated it. I really tried to like that game, but just couldn't get into it at all, it was terrible. THEN came Black Flag...I gave it a chance. The game starts out really weird, the first mission (if you can call it that) left me very suspicious and worried. BUT it turned out to be an amazing game, one of their best yet. But how long can they keep up that luck?

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17:27 Jan-30-2014

I love the Assassin's Creed games, but I think that a good ending after 7 games is better than a bad one after 10 games...

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17:28 Jan-30-2014

or no ending after 15 games..

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17:47 Jan-30-2014

No. The series is already going downhill. After 15 games it'll just be a s**t load of disappointment mixed with the techniques of a platformer.

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17:56 Jan-30-2014

yeah thats exactly what i am saying man. this series was very succesful but i believe it has reached its peak. they should just end it nicely before it starts disappointing the fans. unless they proove us wrong and they have some real groundbreaking stuff for the future games while retaining the AC character somehow. but i doult they can do that unfortunately..

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06:33 Jan-31-2014

... since it seems like they have squeezed all the juice they can out of this apple.

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15:28 Jan-30-2014

If there were no ending to rayman series i would love that put that on Assassins creed series i would say no more!

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15:09 Jan-30-2014

well i am a bit dissapointed to be honest. i wanted a conclusion... its not like i dont like the games. the gameplay is enjoyable and all but they are all very much the same. i am sure many people play these for the story. if it has no end then...

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15:03 Jan-30-2014

Personally, I stopped caring about AC's plot after Revelations. The games are fun and stylish but that's it. It seems silly to expect anything from the story now that it's clear they are going to make titles as long as they are profitable.

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15:01 Jan-30-2014

AC V, AC VI and AC VII will be about some historical thing, slowly reaching modern days, then AC VIII will be about WW1, then WW2, then something in between WW2 and the 2000's, then something about Iraq, Afghanistan, Osama Bin Laden, then a potential WW3, then about surviving in a wasteland because of the nukes dropped in WW3, then something about aliens...

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14:47 Jan-30-2014

I hope the Assassins Creed Series never ends it is just an Amazing game and yes my favorite of all games too :)

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14:14 Jan-30-2014

A RPG before the life ending disaster of first civ would be nice because if they want to focus on open world then include it in the RPG. That could also explain the war between assassin and templars

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14:10 Jan-30-2014

Before anyone freaks out! You may want to think it over. Darby said that they don't want to end the universe but ending a story is a different matter. Think of it like Mass Effect. Shepard's story had ended and now they don't want to end the universe which is very rich so they are creating another Mass Effect. What Ashraf Ismail said is that they have the general idea and ending of the game, but it is flexible that they can edit, stretch it if needed, according to fan needs. Truth is whether you think AC is good or bad, it is a very successful game. One of the best to be honest.

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14:59 Jan-30-2014

i knew i would find you in the comments of this aritcle ^^

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15:44 Jan-30-2014

Ofcourse he would comment here but really AC 3 ending was all messed up and AC 4 story was just ****e and I would love black flag as a new series but not in AC I would like it without ships and that would give chance to focus more on gameplay and story.

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15:52 Jan-30-2014

Yea, I am an AC Protector if you might say ;)
AC3 ending was not bad, fact is it was shocking! No one expected that the series is continuing. AC Brotherhood's ending was very shocking too but we knew that the series is still going forward. In ACIII's case, we were expecting to see the end. ACIV's story was really good in the Caribbean world. In modern day, it was almost nothing but mysterious. I think it was a kind of transition until they finish something mind-blowing for the next AC. Days will tell for sure :) I don't want the series to end now, there is much to do and explore in histor

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17:05 Jan-30-2014

I love history in AC and it also helps in knowledge and with tranny of king Washington they tried a different ending but I havent played it so cant judge it and I dont understand how ACB ending was shocking ezio kills ceaser and a happy ending

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17:12 Jan-30-2014

Oh the part in which desmond kills lucy it was realllly shocking and mind blowing hell yeah every game is mind blowing from AC and I also dont want it to end you know and I like every year releases you know there will be who will complain if they dont release each year.My friends and I always wait to see where is AC going this year and they surprise us each year.

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17:56 Jan-30-2014

so, you're consistently saying negative things about AC, yet you say you love it? ACII's ending was, interesting, and shocking, I'm sure it surprised most of us. Black Flag is really good in the end. So you hate the naval part, so what? it's not a horrible game because you don't like a part of it. For me personally, it ties with ACII, just because it's so open-ended and fun. it doesn't have

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17:57 Jan-30-2014

as good of a story as II, and the character's not as good, but IV brings something new to the table. The naval combat was really enjoyable when you went out and were plundering ships. My only issue with the naval stuff was it was too grindy if you wanted to destroy the legendary ships.

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17:59 Jan-30-2014

playing boxing with the pope. you bet your a*s it was shocking :P :P :P. i need to say here that if not for the naval part i wouldnt have played this game. the gameplay would have been exactly the same as the previous ones in a different scenery and i was geting tired of that..

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18:05 Jan-30-2014

I meant to type III ^^; the modern stuff. I did think the boxing bit was funny in II, though. Anyway, my thoughts are similar. Assassin's Creed is my favorite franchise, so I was going to play it. I don't mind the gameplay elements, as they always say, "If it isn't broke, don't fix it," The elements are good as is, so naturally it would be wise to keep them. What I love are the settings and

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18:07 Jan-30-2014

stories. The characters, everything that makes up the meat of the game. The mechanics are the bones, but the meat is what helps make it assassin's Creed, not "Free-running simulator 2013"
(I hate the shorter character limit btw, get on it Felix, or whoever's in charge of this sort of thing.)

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10:04 Jan-31-2014

It isnt a horrible game it just doesnt live upto to the expectations and I like the start and the end of AC 4 but other than that it was bland and legendary ships requires you to use your brain and attack on the weaknesses plus they improve the gameplay every year and the place and the time is what really matters in AC and it is my favourate franchise but I would still buy the next game.(Rank Up)

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18:10 Feb-01-2014

yeah, for the legendaries you do need strategy (I did kill the HMS Prince before getting all Elite upgrades), but really you do need to grind a bit to get the materials required (or buy the booster >.>). But anyway, with ACIV as a whole, it kept me personally interested the entire time, I just LOVE it. Like any game, the beginning and end are the best moments, but I think it was good throughout.

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18:12 Feb-01-2014

and as for the ranking up, I am Rank 4, they halved all of our character limits, now I can't fully type want to say without making multiple posts, I have to shorten it and can't easily get my point across, before I could do it with ease. Plus I'm not that knowledgeable on hardware and stuff, nor really that good at writing reviews, I didn't get feedback on my last one to improve.

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14:03 Jan-30-2014

I'd curious if AC will end up just like CoD :)

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13:55 Jan-30-2014

I would actually like to get back to Altair more,revelations did bring a little more light in but it should be more immense and I would be happy if they made more modern intervals(Abstergo exploring in ACIV or power source hunting in ACIII) ,as for the yearly release,they stated some time ago that if the game won't be

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13:58 Jan-30-2014

100% complete and ready for the consumers to get it ,they won't release it.I for one hope the next game will be a tad more optimized,because using 1 out of 4 physical cores(demanding 4) is just a joke.

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13:54 Jan-30-2014

More AC games we have the better :)

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