Ubisoft argues that complaints about the number of Assassin’s Creed games come from a vocal minority.
Criticism of Ubisoft is because of its two upcoming games: Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. The former will be available on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One; the latter on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. At the heart is the timing: Assassin’s Creed: Unity is set to release in October and Assassin’s Creed: Rogue in November.
Assassin’s Creed: Rogue producer Karl von de Luhe argues it is for the fans. “There are hardcore Assassin’s Creed fans that are happy to play two games and there are of course many fans who have not yet made that financial move to go to next-gen…and these are the guys that we’re really catering for – they’re thankful for the fact that they will have a compelling Assassin’s Creed game to play on either their Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.”
Whereas Unity is set in Paris during the French Revolution, Rogue is set in New York, 20 years before Assassin’s Creed 3.
Despite worries of rehashing, Luhe argues that Rogue will have several new places to explore. For instance, a burnt out quarter of New York in Assassin’s Creed 3 is available for exploration in Rogue.
When pressed on worries of time pressures in development, Luhe stated that is not the case. Rogue is expansive, has a larger map than Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, dotted with small cities along the North Atlantic Ocean, and includes “more than 20 hours” of gameplay.
Rogue follows Shay Cormac, an Assassin-turned Templar. During the game, Cormac will meet the protagonist from Assassin’s Creed 3, Haytham Kenway.
This is not the first time Ubisoft has come under scrutiny. We’ve covered the issue of diversity in wake of Far Cry 4.