Ubisoft has no intention of burning out the Assassin’s Creed series yet again, with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confirming there will be no new Assassin’s Creed in 2019.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is due out this October, less than a year after Assassin’s Creed Origins provided a soft reboot for the franchise. With Ubisoft appearing to slip back into the flow of annual releases, franchise fatigue was certainly a worry.
"We had a game [in 2018] and we have one this year, but we are not going to have a full-fledged Assassin's next year," said Guillemot to Gamespot. "It's just because the team was working separately, so we have two games now, one year after the other. But next year you're not going to have a fully-fledged one."
The series will be given a little more time to breathe this time around, although that doesn’t mean there’s going to be a dearth of Assassin’s Creed content in 2019. Quite the opposite really, as Ubisoft has plans for plenty of post-launch expansions to the upcoming AC: Odyssey.
"What you'll have is lots of content coming to Assassin's Creed Odyssey,” Guillemot went on to say. “The team really want to give, on a regular basis, some new possibilities for play, so when you get AC Odyssey this year, you're going to get in for a couple of years, actually."
We saw a fair bit of this with Assassin’s Creed Origins, including a couple of story-based expansions and special events such as fantastical fights with Egyptian gods.
For me, and I don’t know if this is because my brain works in a funny way, I’m actually more likely to pick up Assassin’s Creed Odyssey knowing that a sequel isn’t dropping in twelve months. I love the series but I’m constantly on the cusp of fatigue, and the prospect of three games in two years was beginning to get daunting. Knowing AC Odyssey is my last Assassin’s Creed for at least a couple of years, I’m now more eager to sink my teeth into it.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 5th.