Assassin’s Creed is a franchise that has seen many iterations since its debut in 2007. Starting with the release of Assassin’s Creed II in 2009, each subsequent year has seen a game released in the series. In 2016, Ubisoft has decided to put the franchise on hold. In a statement posted on UbiBlog, the company had this to say on the matter.
“This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground. “
I think this is a very good idea on their behalf, as the series was beginning to suffer from franchise fatigue. While there is a segment of gamers who would gladly play a new game each year, others grew tired and the results have been reflected in the diminishing sales. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and the break could help re-energize gamer excitement.
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