It looks like we probably won’t be playing any new Assassin’s Creed or Far Cry games this coming year.
Tommy François, Ubisoft VP of editorial, told IGN:
I’ll tell you what, we believe Alpha for these games needs to be one year before release. We’re trying to achieve that. That’s super f****** blunt, I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say this. This is the goal we’re going for: Alpha one year before, more quality, more polish.
So if this means biting the [bullet] and not having an Assassin’s game, or a Far Cry [in 2017], f*** it.
It was previously announced that Assassin’s Creed would not receive a 2016 release, and many thought that it would simply be a one-year break for the game, but now it will be longer.
The franchise itself has been wildly successful, but with their previous release schedule being so steady and quick, perhaps the creators do need a bit of a refresh.
However, the caveat is that the Assassin’s Creed movie is set for release on December 21st of this year, and not having a 2017 title to continue the Assassin’s Creed hype means that Ubisoft won’t be able to ride off of the movie’s potential success and sell the heck out of a new game.