Since the release of Assassin’s Creed II in late-2009, we haven’t seen a year since then without an Assassin’s Creed game launching: Brotherhood, Revelations, and Assassin’s Creed III have all been released annually, with the upcoming Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag continuing the tradition.
However, in an interview with Eurogamer, several of the major figures associated with Ubisoft (and with the franchise as a whole) have assured that despite their plans for Assassin’s Creed to continue as a yearly-released franchise, the producers do have an eventual ending in sight for the series, and a conclusion to the series’ ever-expanding arc.
In a quote from Ashraf Ismail, the lead Game Director of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, he explains on plans for the franchise from the developers and Ubisoft:
“We have multiple development teams, then we have the brand team that sits on top and is filled with writers and designers concerned with the series’ overall arc. So, there is an overall arc, and each iteration as its place inside this. We have an idea of where the end is, what the end is. But of course Yves [referring to Yves Guillemot, head of Ubisoft] 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.”
Ismail also explained that, with having several development teams working on Assassin’s Creed titles simultaneously, he highlights the advantages that allow the team to work more collaboratively and creatively, as each game in the series is given a development time of at least two years. He stated:
“We’re now able to seed stuff earlier and earlier in our games. So, for example in [AC4] we have Edward, who was seeded into AC3. But there’s a lot more stuff in our game that is hinting at other possibilities.”
Shall we expect to see some of these “possibilities” in October with the release of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag?