During a recent interview with Edge Online, Ubisoft vice president of creative Lionel Raynaud was asked about the Assassin’s Creed franchise and his company’s support for the last-gen systems.
As far as Assassin’s Creed is concerned, we can expect to see yearly installments in the franchise. According to Raynaud, fans demand annual releases and that Ubisoft would be “very stupid to not satisfy this need.” He went on to say that the challenge in releasing annual installments is finding a balance between delivering something new while keeping those new elements consistent with the world of Assassin’s Creed.
The company will continue to release games for last gen consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This is pretty obvious given the huge install base of those systems. This is why games like Watch Dogs will see multiplatform releases. This is also why the previous gen systems will get their own Assassin’s Creed title (Currently called AC: Comet). He also said that multiplat games may not have 100% parity as the last gen versions won’t have certain features that the current gen versions will.
While we can debate about whether Assassin’s Creed needs to be an annual franchise or whether or not multiplatform games hurt the quality of current gen versions of games, Ubisoft’s approach makes sense from a business standpoint. If people want more AC titles and are still playing on last gen systems then it is prudent for them to satisfy their fans.