Assassin's Creed Skips Competitive Multiplayer This Year With Unity and Rogue

You'll have to make do with either co-op or no multiplayer at all in this year's games.

Fans of the brand of competitive multiplayer seen in the Assassin's Creed series will be disappointed to learn that neither of this year's Assassin's Creed games, Unity and Rogue, will offer any kind of multiplayer mode that pits you against other players, Joystiq reports.

We already knew Rogue didn't have multiplayer of any kind; the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game is a single-player-only affair that puts players in the shoes of an Assassin-turned-Templar. Unity, which is coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC, does offer multiplayer, but only in the form of a four-player co-op mode--something which has never been a major focus in past games.

"With Assassin's Creed Unity, the pillars of the franchise have evolved thanks to the potential of new-generation consoles," Ubisoft said in a statement issued to Joystiq. "With that evolution, we wanted to bring a new type of multiplayer experience, which was asked for by fans and which we wanted to explore for a long time: cooperative gameplay.

"Our aim was to have a seamless single-to-multi experience: This is why we are not opposing single player and co-op; we have ancestral missions dealing with Arno's story and Brotherhood missions dealing with Arno's duties towards the Brotherhood."

Multiplayer was introduced to Assassin's Creed with its third game, 2010's Brotherhood, and has been included in each subsequent console/PC game until this year. The multiplayer aspect of these games consisted of a variety of modes, but often they would come down to hunting a target while trying to remain concealed (often because you yourself are being hunted, too).

Assassin's Creed Unity launches on October 28, with Rogue following on November 11. If you think that's one too many for a single year, Ubisoft says you're in the "vocal minority."

Are you unhappy with the absence of competitive multiplayer in either of this year's games, or are you more interested in single-player and co-op? Let us know in the comments.

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134 comments
noblegrey
noblegrey

saves me money. I won't be buying an AC without the multiplayer. It's sillyness. Wait.. I can spend the same amount of money on half the game? Yeah sounds like a no. Very bad decision.

abennetton
abennetton

I still want to play a female assassin, something better and bigger than Liberation (my game froze and wouldn't resume not far into it). Sadly, I guess it won't be with these games though. Oh well, even though I have to wait years, which is a bummer, at least I'll save $60 - $120 and I have Black Flag and Tomb Raider. :D 


Tangsta03
Tangsta03

Damn shame, I was hoping for the ship multiplayer that was promised in AC4 Black Flag!

sareenrunit
sareenrunit

WE WANT AC MUltiplayer. and we buy the game mainly for MP. A bad decision by Ubisoft. won't buy AC this time. 

Red_Dawn345
Red_Dawn345

Awesome, focus on what really makes the game great; the singleplayer 

udubdawgz1
udubdawgz1

absolutely love it and would love to see a "no multi-player" trend to counter it's forced inclusion in games for the past 10years.

pgl163
pgl163

Wtf hay log is doing in the cathedral?!

not_even_goten
not_even_goten

Stop playing the multiplayer back when everyone stop using stealth

themc_7
themc_7

For me Assassin's Creed has always been about Single player, so I'm not really bothered by this. There are however many people who love the AC multiplayer and will be ticked. 

depman1972
depman1972

Good, Only prefer single player anyway.

mr_ned_flanders
mr_ned_flanders

I'll kiss the man responsible for this! Even better if its a female!

deathstream
deathstream

Oh, no!   No crappy, tacked on MP?  Whatever will we do?

DrDuncs
DrDuncs

Plenty of multiplayer focused games available so no big issue. I prefer single player anyway.

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

Good news.

Hey, somewhat unrelated, but am I the only one who dislikes that about the different colored protagonists? In those pics where they're together I don't see assassins, I see power rangers.

At least in singleplayer you just play with the blue ranger, right?

justbefahad
justbefahad

I prefer my Assassin's Creed to be single player, never did I try out its MP because I suck at MP in pretty much every game, and it also annoyed me because I couldn't platinum my games due to the MP trophies.

I got stuck at 99% completion in Black Flag (and I'm still stuck there). So kudos to Ubi for making my life easier! :P But they can still ruin it by putting co-op trophies.

Looks like I'm a sucker for life....

Shadow_Lurker-X
Shadow_Lurker-X

I think a great step forward can come from stepping back, so I'm happy about this news. That said, I did somewhat enjoy the versus multiplayer in its first iteration in Brotherhood, but when I played the Revelations mp beta I realised that it was pretty much the same and I was over it, having not touched it at all from the full release of Revelations to AC4.


As for Unity's co-op, I'm still unsure of how it's gonna go, I like the idea but when I play an AC game I like playing a certain way. I don't want some random player (if the lobbies are always open) to join my co-op mission and go all Leeroy Jenkins, wrecking my style.


@mastertien123 I've felt that a invasion style mode would be a great idea ever since playing Revelations. If anyone remembers while walking the streets of Constantinople, these whisper sounds wound start playing and there would be assassination attempts on Ezio with a following qte to counter. I always thought to myself that it would be cool if that was another player.


I'm one of the many gamers who like their single player games to remain just that, but I am happy to see Ubisoft experimenting with new ideas and saving resources better fit for more multiplayer focused games like The Division and The Crew.

gibemoniplox
gibemoniplox

ubisoft should check this comments to see how much we love the Multiplayer in AC...

unacomn
unacomn

The competitive MP was the best thing to happen to MP in mainstream games. A stealth based competitive multiplayer, that was reasonably well executed. It was a unique experience that showed some devs actually give a damn about multiplayer, and don't just tack on a shooter.


Seeing all these "meh, no MP in AC, whatevs" articles really makes me dislike gaming media as a whole. You deserve any kind of crappy, tacked-on, pointless, insipid multiplayer any game will have added, since you didn't value the one time someone did it right.

mastertien123
mastertien123

Do competitive multi like Dark Souls or Watch Dogs . In Rouge , there're some ass(assin) dudes trying to kill you , now if those are players on other end that will be awesome . 


kiddcyr
kiddcyr

Co-op sounds just fine for assassins creed unity! Cant Wait!!!

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

No multiplayer? That's fine by me :)

Alucard1475
Alucard1475

I've played most of the AC game, but never the multiplayer part of it.

devilcraft95
devilcraft95

I didn't really like the multiplayer in assassins creed. To me it was very boring. I am excited tho to play co-op with my friends.

sapir_a
sapir_a

Yes!!! no more multiplayer.

I'm not saying to was bad or anything, I just like the fact that they will focus all of their resources on a great single-player experience.

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

Disappointed? Ecstatic more like it!

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Awesome I've not played more than a couple of hours of it on any of the Assassin's Creed games so far anyway. 

Games in my opinion should start focusing on only one, either multiplayer ONLY or story ONLY. Focus only on one type and make it the best it can be. 

There is no point making a solo game and tacking on a piece of crap multiplayer for the sake of it.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

While I've thought that Assassin's competitive multi-player was a good idea, I've never really enjoyed it.

Co-operative could be some fun.

JohnTheLyrical
JohnTheLyrical

Multiplayer expanded the game...I think that taking it out, makes it less enjoyable as a die hard fan of AC

kindlewithcare
kindlewithcare

This is a good thing. Getting a tacked on crap multiplayer isn't what I call a good time.

themc_7
themc_7

@deathstream I'm not one of them, but a lot of people really like AC's multiplayer.

themc_7
themc_7

@justbefahad yeah me too. I used to go 1000/1000 (Xbox equivalent to platinum) on almost all my singleplayer games. But when series like Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, and Max Payne start tacking on MP, getting all the achievements/trophies begins to get really tough.

themc_7
themc_7

@unacomn "You deserve any kind of crappy, tacked-on, pointless, insipid multiplayer any game will have added, since you didn't value the one time someone did it right." 
That's your opinion. I play AC for the singleplayer. I tried the MP in Brotherhood, 
Revelations and ACIII. I didn't like it. It's not for everyone. 

mastertien123
mastertien123

@Dannystaples14 No , Dark Souls did Single and Multi just fine , or TLOU which had great story with excellent competitive-multi .

Games have both single and multi-mode are good as long as devs can do it right . 

es496
es496

@Dannystaples14 

With you there. Either be single-player only like BioShock Infinite or multiplayer only like Titanfall. Games like Tomb Raider that are single-player experiences don't need team deathmatch when that is done better in other games anyway and games like Titanfall don't need a 4 hour single-player campaign that feels like a practice mode for the MP. 

riku610
riku610

@PlatinumPaladin completing small individual task for the sake of a bigger and grander goal.... working together in completing an extremely complicated mission.... now that's a side game worth playing compared to competing with one another....

.

my opinion tho....

JohnTheLyrical
JohnTheLyrical

You didn't have to play it...it was always an option.

OneSamTwoCups
OneSamTwoCups

@themc_7 @justbefahad All the games you listed didn't have tacked on multiplayer. In fact, all of them were heavily competitive, considering I was a hardcore Max Payne 3 player, as well as Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed, and they all had a heavy crowd backing them.

unacomn
unacomn

@themc_7 @unacomn

No, that's fact. You can analyze it anyway you want, mechanically the MP in Brotherhood is solid, well made, engaging and for the most part balanced (apart from Assassination mode)


I really don't care that you play AC for the singleplayer. I bought AC Rev for the multiplayer. People constantly dismissing it because they don't get it, because they run around stabbing every NPC they see and don't bother to take a second to do the tutorial or look at a screen prompt, others writing it off before even trying it and then proclaiming it to be a sin against nature, are the reasons why no one will actually give a damn about a proper multiplayer mode in the future for such games.


Keep your tacked on shooters. Languish in them until it hurts.

unacomn
unacomn

@themc_7 @unacomn  No, that's fact. You can analyze it anyway you want, mechanically the MP in Brotherhood is solid, well made, engaging and for the most part balanced (apart from Assassination mode)


I really don't care that you play AC for the singleplayer. I bought AC Rev for the multiplayer. People constantly dismissing it because they don't get it, because they run around stabbing every NPC they see and don't bother to take a second to do the tutorial or look at a screen prompt, others writing it off before even trying it and then proclaiming it to be a sin against nature, are the reasons why no one will actually give a damn about a proper multiplayer mode in the future for such games.


Keep your tacked on shooters. Languish in them until it hurts.

riku610
riku610

@JohnTheLyrical i think the multi just eats up disk space for those who do not need them.... yes not playing it is an option but having it together with the main game is being forced.... i think ubi should stick to no multi in the main game batch of files starting from this year's release.... and just make the multiplayer a DLC for those who actually needs/wants it....

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@JohnTheLyrical Yes but the time and money they wasted making the multiplayer could have been put to good use making the main story better.

themc_7
themc_7

@unacomn @themc_7 No. See, cause when you express an opinion, it's an opinion, not a fact. YOU liked the multiplayer, YOU thought it it was engaging, and YOU thought it was balanced. It is however a fact that MP traffic was low in the last AC game, so they aren't doing it in the next one.

Have fun with Unity in the fall.