Assassin's Creed III was launched in October, 2012, and became as successful a hit as its predecessors. It's an excellent game, taking the successes of its predecessors and applying them to a totally new world of the American Revolution with an arsenal of different weaponry, different political allegiances and much, much more. With this title just free from our consoles we were surprised to see a trailer for the next title, due for release just one year later in October, 2013. Ubisoft is now hard at work promoting this next title, one that will be released for current generation consoles but that is also likely to find its way to the next generation.
Once upon a time, back at the dawn of the first Assassin’s Creed launched in 2007 there were plenty of rumors that the game would form part of a trilogy. We left star of the show Altair behind in 2009 as Ezio entered the scene in Assassin's Creed II. The improvements to the game were vast. Although the same premise existed, this massively open world historical experience allowing us to play in whatever style we so desired, the game no longer felt quite so repetitive and was a lot more polished. Ezio wasn't to get away from us so easily however, as we revisited his time twice more in the follow-ups Brotherhood and Revelations.
Despite those extra titles we were still technically on part two of this rumored trilogy, delving into the war between the templars and assassins during the Renaissance. So surely the latest foray into the world of Assassin's Creed, the American Revolution, should have been the end of it?
Not so. A combination of the incredible success of the series, along with many an untied end and a significant cliffhanger to be wrapped up, has led to Ubisoft planning additional forays into the world of yesterday. To date the games in the franchise have followed a chronological order, however Ubisoft producer Francois Pelland has hinted that this is unlikely to be the case for future outings:
"It's not a moving forward thing, it's all based on lineage and on DNA and therefore it has nothing to do with time. The next game could easily go backwards as much as forward, no problem."
We know that the next title, Assassin's Creed IV, will be set just a couple of generations prior to the events in AC3, and will drop us into pirate infested waters as we explore more of the nautical action that was heralded as a great success in the game's predecessor. No doubt this will provide us with plenty to explore, but we do wonder what could come next for the series.
There are a multitude of options, from Imperial China to Feudal Japan to Ancient Egypt to Revolutionary Russia; the choices are limitless! There are so many iconic times that could be visited, and many that undoubtedly will be in future Assassin's Creed titles. The gameplay of future outings into our past will ultimately vary depending on the environment chosen by the developers, so we're keen to see what the creative teams have up their sleeves.
No matter where or when in the world we're headed for future trips to the realm of the assassins throughout history, there are certain aspects of the gameplay that we can expect to see improved with next generation technology. Assassin's Creed III was by no means an ugly game, and the next title looks set to be downright stunning, but that doesn't change the fact that extra processing power allows for extra detail and larger worlds. More than that though, we hope that the punch the Xbox One will pack will help for further improvements to the artificial intelligence of other residents of the Assassin's Creed world. Perhaps in the future we can expect enemies that won't wait around so politely in a circle until it's their time to be killed. Perhaps in the future we can expect civilians in the environments in question to alter the gameplay based on your activity.
Assassin's Creed looks set to be a game here to stay, so let's hope Ubisoft has plenty of tricks up its sleeve to keep the franchise fresh and engaging to its loyal supporters and new gamers alike!
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 07/31/2012
Assassin's Creed IV Confirmed for Xbox One – 4th June, 2013
Ubisoft was conspicuous at Microsoft's announcement of the Xbox One by its absence. Rumor had suggested that Assassin's Creed IV could be a launch title for the next generation Xbox, and yet the developer was not invited to present. Be that because there wasn't much gameplay to demonstrate as yet or for some other reason we aren't sure, but an announcement was made by Ubisoft soon after Microsoft's demo of the Xbox One. Within its own update, Ubisoft explained that it would be bringing six titles to the Xbox One within its first year, the high profile Assassin's Creed 4 being one of them. There's no confirmed release date for this next title, but it's looking likely to be close on the heels of the debut of the console itself.
Update by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 06/4/2013
Assassin's Creed IV Headed to Xbox 360 and Xbox One – 12th April, 2013
According to the LinkedIn profiles of a Ubisoft gameplay programmer and a marketing artist, both Assassin's Creed IV and another Ubisoft title, Watch Dogs, will be headed to the next generation Xbox. Although both of these games are likely to have versions for current generation consoles as well as next, seeing that AC4 is heading to "PC, PS3, X360, PS4, X720, WiiU" on the profiles of these employees does seem to confirm their development for the next generation.
Update by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 04/12/2012