Assassin's Creed series taking 'breather' in 2011

Ubisoft producer says no new franchise title planned for next year; ACII, Brotherhood protagonist Ezio hanging up robes.

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Ubisoft achieved near overnight success with its all-new Assassin's Creed franchise in 2007, selling some 6 million units in less than six months. The publisher wasted little time ramping up development for 2009's top-rated, top-selling Assassin's Creed II and even less time with Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, the multiplayer-enabled installment due this fall. However, it would appear as is if Brotherhood will be the last Assassin's Creed for at least a year.

Ezio's killing days are numbered.

"I don't think there's going to be an Assassin's Creed in 2011," Ubisoft Montreal producer Jean-Francois Boivin told Eurogamer."I think we're going to let it breathe a bit and really focus on bringing something new and exciting for the next time around. This [Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood] is the end of Ezio's story. This is it."

Further, Boivin addressed the perceived danger of oversaturating the market by too quickly releasing new installments in a franchise. However, he also noted that letting a franchise lie fallow for too long can cool enthusiasm among gamers.

"I believe that this license needs a breather. You can't plough a field every year. Once every three years--or once every something--you have to let it breathe. You have to let the minerals back in. I think it's the same thing with any license, really. I don't think we do a service to this license if we pull a Duke Nukem on people, you know what I'm saying? It's hard to answer."

For more on the series' latest installment, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, check out GameSpot's E3 2010 Ubisoft Booth Tour (embedded below).

Discussion

304 comments
Veldon56
Veldon56

with the cliffhanger ending i cant wait a whole two years for the next game

GothamKnight13
GothamKnight13

and this breather is actually a very good thing because when it comes back it'll be better than ever because people love a comeback

GothamKnight13
GothamKnight13

Taking a breather is fine but this isn't the end for AC series they make too much money and get too much popularity for the company to just throw it away or forget about it.

marvel456
marvel456

Assassin's Creed 3 will be the last! Well ubisoft did say the Assassin's Creed series was meant to be a trilogy and if they would make like 5 games then the main storyline(Desmond's) would make no sense. I like what @Sukharevskaya said it would be good.

LiL_Bandit33
LiL_Bandit33

Well i like assassin's creed 1 and AC2 was better and i hope Brotherhood will Blow up even better than AC2, the break makes me sad but i hope when they come back they keep up the good work of progression.

legosora73
legosora73

finally, someone knows how to make a series without making it repetive and over-saturated

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

It's just like Goldilocks, don't take too long to release a game, but don't come out with another one every year, do it just right...

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Better this way, then they won't saturate the series looking for easy money.

Sukharevskaya
Sukharevskaya

I hope the next game either sums up the trilogy by bringing in multiple memories from all his ancestors (Egypt, Rome, Modern Times, etc.) with some huge assassination attempt at the end where their memories all overlap and they work together....or they keep putting out installments. Don't burn out the series but don't ditch it--and keep it fresh, dont rely on the license alone

Slavadil
Slavadil

fair enough, just don't forget about it!

Pumpkinhead3
Pumpkinhead3

I'm tentative about this new one, so I'm glad they are taking a breather.

bizzySGS
bizzySGS

if they would make an assassin's creed movie it will be awsome !

Jebril
Jebril

For such a huge publisher Ubisoft tends to be one of the smarter publishers in the industry, I did begin think they were starting to milk AC after the announcement of Brotherhood, I still kinda think they are but I'm glad they're going to give the series a breather, it's a nice part of video games hype and development that should be appreciated, that creates higher quality in the end. Way to go Ubisoft.

Slagar
Slagar

... So they pretty much just figured out what normal people have known for years?

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

its a good idea. i loved all the assassin creed games. maybe taking a break they can develop an even better AC game. its a good idea to because they arent making numerous games fast

Flint247
Flint247

I don't play the AC games but at least Ubisoft has enough common sense to know NOT to milk this series, unlike a few other companies... :P It's good to take breaks in life. If you overdo it, you will get messy results.

dylan417
dylan417

2 Ezio games is far enough. I want AC3 set in future with Desmond.

ZachBobBob
ZachBobBob

AC3 should be set in feudal japan, that would be epic :P ninja assassins and such what. haha Climbing up temples and things, I think it would look brilliant. But I wouldn't mind really if it was more centered around desmond and the future,

greasemonkey42
greasemonkey42

'taking a breather' simply means ''increase development time of next installment' As if they won't be slaving away all next year on AC3, they're just making sure it's going to be as big as an improvement as AC2 was over its predecessor.

akiwak
akiwak

I have no doubt that Ubi will deliver in spades when it comes to next AC title. They did not release one in 2008 but in 2009 they delivered one of the best games of the year!!!

solidsnake7882
solidsnake7882

@MooncalfReviews Um how do you know that Brotherhood won't advance the story? According to Ubisoft it will answer many questions about Desmond and Ezio and conclude Ezio's story.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Oh son of a...!! They shouldn't have bothered with Brotherhood, they should just have finished the trilogy. And now because of this money milking middle prequel that won't advance the story in any way or give us the art we saw in the first game, we wont see number 3 for ages.

Takeno456
Takeno456

I love assassin's creed and it is good to see that Ubisoft is managing it carefully. Unlike well I really don't need to say it. Just read the many comments below mine.

flashyspeed
flashyspeed

I think it's a good idea giving the Assassin's Creed series a break. This is a good move by Ubisoft. Activision needs to follow suit with the Call of Duty series, because to me it's getting old.

flashyspeed
flashyspeed

I think it's a good idea to give the Assassin Creed series a break. A smart move by Ubisoft. Activision GIVE Call Of Duty a break!!!

solidsnake7882
solidsnake7882

@bioshockraptor They are still making ACIII most likely to coincide with the in game and real life 2012 prophecy. That's what I'd do.

Ewangotkool
Ewangotkool

It true what the producer said about having a years break from making a new game but it will be boring. hope the wait will be worth it.

Cipher_8
Cipher_8

@ sensei_hEnRY -- That's exactly what they'll be doing I bet. I know a guy who works for Ubisoft and he said they are already in early development on the next Rainbow Six, when I first read this it got me that much more excited cuz now I can believe him a little bit more.

Cartybowls
Cartybowls

I like this thinking. So many games to play, I need a break from one series to play the other games I have piled up.

Gezquester
Gezquester

Whatever games they come out with I'm going to be getting them! AC is awesome!

021-Vincent
021-Vincent

I Hope When They're Designing AC3 They Could Alow Us Players To Use The Piece Or The Apple Of Eden Manually When Ever We Want It !!! Hope They Think Of That !!

Bioshockraptor
Bioshockraptor

They didn't say they're not making AC3 though, perhaps 2012?

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

what about new Rainbow Six game, Ubi Montreal?

ALTAIR360
ALTAIR360

in the mean time. pleasee give advise to the prince of persia team cuz they ruined the hell out of it.

hardeman
hardeman

now mabe activision will follow suit and stop raping call of duty

tremor33
tremor33

Finally... Someones thinking with their heads. Now if only they can relay the message to those morons making a new guitar hero every 5 minutes...

RHoque92
RHoque92

good move, gives them time to think of some good new ideas and material so this series doesn't turn in to Call of Crappy. but don't want AC3 to be the final one (the one with Desmond in modern times) as i'd like to explore a new ancestor in a new location and time period, perhaps a hot female assassin??

solidsnake7882
solidsnake7882

I have to agree that this is a great call. AC3 will still come we just have to wait a bit. It will mean a high quality game and at least we will have Brotherhood to keep us busy.

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

Very good move. I have to agree with this....now... @SunOfAtom I disagree with you highly. For me Ezio was far from a substandard character, as that he was far more interesting then Altair. Altair, seemed imo bland, for me in the original Assassins Creed, Desmonds story was far more interesting....Altair, was just I am an assassin, I lost all my stuff cause I broke a rule, now I got to earn it back and discover this sort of hidden agenda. Ezio for me, was a character with faults and more believable. He started out as a punk rich kid whose sole purpose was to fight with rival houses and womanize and drink. You got to know his family, and you got know his roots. And then when his world shattered and he was forced to become an assassin, it was great playing him out and seeing that growth take place. And the Ezio at the begging of the game was a substantially different character, at the end of the game then he was in the beggining. He grew up, as he progressed through the game. Far more interesting imo then Altair, who I found was too bland imo.

StaticKornSlipX
StaticKornSlipX

@SunOfAtom The setting of Assassin's Creed 2 was amazing. Being in the middle of the Italian Renaissance, the heart of civilization at the time, was exhilarating. Ezio climbing up legendary structures like Santa Marie del Fiore and brushing shoulders with Leonardo da Vinci and Lorenzo de Medici submerges the gamer in one of the grandest times in Western history. This game made it feel like I was alive in a real Venice and real Florence, I now hope to visit these two cities in the future.

SunOfAtom
SunOfAtom

I hope they return to Altair's story - I see no reason why they simply downed tools on he and Desmond and began work on Ezio, a frankly substandard character, as far as I'm concerned. The original Assassin's Creed's setting was much more engaging - as was the time period and even the gameplay felt a lot more like a title centered around assassination should feel.

Ramiro00
Ramiro00

if the game is going to be played in 2012 it s going to be modern warfare. No more eagle vison ... now it s thermal googles

kakashi6666
kakashi6666

this is propbably the best decision ubisoft will ever make every franchise in the gameing industry should take time betwean there sequils every so ofton which ofcourse alot of them dont call of duty everone

Ramiro00
Ramiro00

@ lampshade820 I liked "knowing"...XD

junaid6030
junaid6030

Well i would want them to return every year, but i think i can manage without ac for a year, wouldnt want it turning into something crappy like the nfs franchise.

ryuz4kee
ryuz4kee

I dont think AC3 will go back into time, I think it will be a modern setting with Desmond as the main character.