Think There Are Too Many Assassin's Creed Games This Year? Ubisoft Says You're in the "Vocal Minority"

Ubisoft says hardcore fans are happy to play two Assassin's Creed games a year.

There are two Assassin's Creed games coming out this year: Assassin's Creed Rogue, which will let you play as a Templar for the first time in the series, and Assassin's Creed Unity, set in Paris during the French Revolution. According to Ubisoft, if you think that's a little too much Assassin's Creed you're in the "vocal minority."

"There are the 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," Assassin's Creed Rogue producer Karl von der Luhe told Eurogamer. "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."

According to Luhe, Ubisoft decided to release two Assassin's Creed games this year a long time ago, but he didn't say when it began production on Assassin's Creed Rogue. However, he said that the team is confident with the amount of time it had, even if it had a shorter development cycle than Assassin's Creed Unity, which went into development shortly after Assassin's Creed Brotherhood in 2010.

Assassin's Creed Unity launches October 28 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and. PC. Meanwhile, Assassin's Creed Rogue comes to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on November 11. We published previews for both games this week, which you can read through the links below.

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dr_zomberg
dr_zomberg

ubisoft, hire me to play test the games.

i wont even charge a cent. just, TEST THE DAMN GAMES.

Uangry
Uangry

Ubisoft release unfinished games and they think they can talk down to us? Go F yourselves. :)

mrcardio79
mrcardio79

Black Flag has been the first and only AC game I've played and absolutely love the game. Why worry about playing the previous games and screw yourself out of a great game??

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

I love AC games and was looking forward to playing AC unity co op and AC rogue, But was a bit disappointed to see annoying AC unity bugs that made the game unplayable. still hoping ubisoft will test the games in future before releasing bugfest.

lostn
lostn

Have yet to play an AC game, and have no inclination of starting. Kind of like with the Saw movies. There are just too many of them already, I think I've just missed the party. If there's an overarching story connecting every game then I'm out, because in order to appreciate the series the way it was intended, I'd have to begin with AC1, and there's no way I'm going to play 8 AC games (not counting handheld titles).

Gaze51
Gaze51

There are too many awesome games out there to play 10 Assassin's Creeds. I played only the first two.

Ayzed
Ayzed

I'm one of the people who have enjoyed every assassin's creed game and never had a problem with the yearly releases, but after I played though unity, I'm going to say only release one next time, and maybe wait 2 years instead of one. Unity is kinda like AC 3, it's a decent game but the story sucks,
bring back the ability to fight with fists and the hidden blade too, and give us the OPTION to dual wield or single wield.. and the OPTION to have one or 2 hidden blades..

being able to buy all the gear and weapons is good, but helix rifts suck, those nostradamas things SUCK and are the complete opposite of fun, average gameplay because the combat is limited (no way to use hidden blade, fists, or a dagger like you could with ezio) bland story and sh!tty side content. Please make the next AC good... and take us back to a time where armour is relevant, armour is awesome. I'd rather different armours, daggers, swords and hidden blades to choose from than the guns and coats we keep getting.

Kratier
Kratier

all of the reviewers acting like AC core gameplay is bad and places like kotaku complaining about "you jump and you stab" as a negative FOR AN ASSASSIN'S CREED GAME


yeah its buggy yeah its unoptimized and unfinished, but with patches and fixes this is still a very good game worth buying

i bought it and do not regret it, the combat has improved dramatically it requires effort to win a fight and you can be swarmed easily, oponents dont take turns fighting you they will cheap shot you in the back and youll need to parry up to 3 people in a row without being able to even counter attack during that time


also the missions were totally revamped and improved, SO MANY GOOD MISSIONS. assassinate missions you actually plan carrying out the assassination, you set up an area before hand and lay in wait for the guy to arrive, 

no longer do you desync and totally fail a mission if you miss an objective, it dynamically updates the missions so if you mess up tailing someone you get a giant area where you have to find him in a crowd and then steal from him 

also there are murder mysteries you solve and piece together clues , 

the only complaint i have with the game are the chests you cannot open unless you sign up for their out of game things like initiates or companion app, like right out of the gate you got a chest you cant open for the entire game, THAT SUCKS. but that can be easily fixed in like 1 patch to make them all lock picked chests


ajmrowland1
ajmrowland1

One is for current gen and the other for previous gen. It's not necessarily a matter of how many come out at once, but which one you might be able to play, if not both. 

Dark-Exsphere
Dark-Exsphere

I wish they would make a full fledged game with a proper female who contributes to the story in a greater way than Aveline.... 

zdarkone
zdarkone

Hardcore fans? Yep, well I believe that I am one of those that this fat noodle of Guillemot calls AC/HC fans and that a shame to read this, because Ubisofy does not ever care of what their hard Core fan base wants - they don't even listen to their deppest fans. One example: Before releasing new games, patch the previous games and "you be Cool, Ubisoft it is what your AC/HC players want,

Burning_Cactus
Burning_Cactus

If that made us the minority, why would they even have to say anything about it? Way to address a problem by claiming it doesn't exist. Also I've never seen people specifically saying "Good thing there are 2 assassins creed games that I can buy this year and play on different consoles"

drago589
drago589

as long as there is no DLC for Rouge, it could be fine. . .  oh wait this is Ubisoft. . . .

gamer7736
gamer7736

I want one where you play as a character modeled off Jean Reno in the modern day. It should have levels like whacking a businessman who makes millions selling ineffective replica body armor to corrupt figures in the new Iraqi Army, a human trafficker who tricks illegal immigrants and cuts them up to sell spare parts to sick billionaires waiting for transplants, and a game developer that won't stop making sh*tty recycled games year after year, loaded with DLC after DLC, annoying management systems, and stupid unnecessary DRM.  "This is for Matilda"

RogerioFM
RogerioFM

I think it's stupid that people are complaining that there are too many games, simply don't buy them, do not read about them and and ignore them. It's simple as that I don't go to sports games articles to complain that they suck because I don't like them or think there are too many of them, because this year, man, there are a LOT of games I'm interested, it will be one of the best years in gaming, so many good titles and so little time. 


I do understand why some people might think that there are too many AC games and that they are milking the franchise and so on, but in all fairness it does not matter, the fan will still buy the games and he has all the right to. It reminded of people saying that all CoD games look alike and play the same each year, yeah, they do, it's what the fans want, what I wanted, it does not stop me from enjoying my Dark Souls games, Witchers, Journey or Last of Us or any other game I might be interested.

Weemanply109
Weemanply109

Completely agree. I understand some may feel tired of the franchise, but there is a great fan following that enjoy each title. I can openly admit to there being SOME dwindle in quality mid-way in the franchise (some people say it's Revelations and 3, but I love these) but the overall franchise is great and unique, imo. 


I hope they don't keep pushing out TWO titles per year, though. One per year is MORE than enough itself (hopefully they stop this). That's crazy and is only acceptable in this situation as a respect for the old-gen fanbase to ease the transition.

Dragerdeifrit
Dragerdeifrit

AC2 and AC4 are the only good ones so far, i don't see myself playing the next 2, rogue seems like a recycle from IV and Unity is reverting back to brotherhood...

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

More!  We need 12 AC games a year.  Thats a game ever month.  Put plenty of microtransaction goodness and plenty of DLCs.

python1026
python1026

Considering the fact that AC actually innovates/rehauls every 2 or 3 games (unlike certain titles, I mean you, guitar hero) and the fact that they can use multiple settings and add "some" new gameplay mechanics every year, itll be a LOOOOONG time before this franchise dries up. No need to make stupid comments like these Ubi, seriously.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

And people were thinking the series is suffering from franchise fatigue before this year? Ubisoft is doing an excellent job of making sure fans get tired of the series.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Bullcrap. Utter bullcrap.

AshTrai
AshTrai

What must it be like to live in the Ubisoft bubble of self congratulation?

ritamray32
ritamray32

Obviously they won't be releasing 2 every year

I doubt AC Rogue falls under the main series

But as a "hardcore assassins creed fan" as mentioned I would have no problem in playing both of them (unfortunately though I don't have a ps3 or Xbox 360 :( )

Seriously though those who are uncomfortable with 2 AC games just shouldn't buy it !!

JohnTheLyrical
JohnTheLyrical

AC Rogue wont be that compelling really, there only are a few tweaks and installements that try to make it self different from AC4. I'm happy to play both but AC Rogue will not surprise on any scale, Unity is the only game that will.They could of at least add a coop mechanic to AC Rogue so those without next gen can enjoy the mechanics used in AC Unity on some level.

JohnTheLyrical
JohnTheLyrical

Im buying Unity and renting Rogue...I wonder how many ac games they actually have...they can't keep up this story going forever...it ain't like Madden

001011000101101
001011000101101

"Ohmergawd Ubisoft stop running your franchise into the ground! I totally won't be buying this or any other of the AC games, like ever, but I still have the right to tell you what to do! My opinion matters more than sales numbers!"

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

Guys, I don't think Ubi is implying they'll be releasing 2 AC games every year from now on. This may just be a one (or two) off because the shift from last-gen to current-gen can be slow. Chill!

rinker03
rinker03

If we are the minority then why did they take the time to comment and explain their decision....

rarson
rarson

Nope, even just one a year is too frequent. This is how you wear a franchise into the ground.


Your games can't possibly be innovative enough to be worth playing when there's less than a year between them.

Plattenleger
Plattenleger

@lostn i completed AC1 and AC2, first was ok but too repetetive, second was good for its time. Then it all went to sh1t, because everything after that was basically the same stuff, so its kind of boring.  You are not missing anything imo, just skip AC series, its not worth it.

complete_i
complete_i

@Kratier I don't think the counter mechanics for gunshots are any good + the apps and other garbage :\

ajmrowland1
ajmrowland1

@zdarkone Liberation HD was actually the result of a fan petitiion to Ubisoft. Of course it's a business decision, but not one that would have been made had there not been demand for it.


Patches are another thing. The game breaking glitches are certainly taken care of, but I count myself among the hardcore fans who stopped caring about the rarer or more minor glitches. Patches are universally good for fixing glitches, but if I ever felt my experience was ruined by every guard walking blindly into a wall, I probably wouldn't enjoy the game much without that.

ajmrowland1
ajmrowland1

@gamer7736 Vocal minority. Vocal. Like some social justice groups or political parties. 

Slinqy
Slinqy

@Dragerdeifrit 

AC1 was a good game in its time with flaws; good enough to draw a fanbase and call for a sequel. ACB was a also a good game, and one of the most well-received AC games under ACII and IV. The only bad or disappointing games in the console track have been ACR and ACIII [at least according to majority opinion], and ACR was hardly as atrocious as some might assert. So really, AC as a whole has had a pretty good track record as far as console games go. ACIII is the only game in the series that I would say was bad.

I'd also like to point out that ACU being akin to ACB, in that there is one sprawling city [other than that I'm not sure I see another connection to it] as opposed to having multiple locales isn't a negativity, as Brotherhood happened to be one of the better AC games.

So I can understand people feeling AC-fatigue, but I do not understand people saying the series is going down-hill as a whole. There is no reason to believe that Rogue or Unity [especially Unity after what we've already seen] will be bad games.

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

@python1026 i think this guy is trying to be heard and famous as he was assigned a recycle project by UbiSoft leaders...his words does not reflect Jade Raymond's mentality who built Unity, ACI and ACII

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

@aniruddh22 i talked about this in UbiSoft forum and everyone back lashed at me like they would have no problem erasing from this earth...i am a huge fan and i love the games, but i also want the best for the series. i saw an opportunity for the series to grow and talked about it and they were just decimating my comment by calling a disloyal fan...i was pretty disappointed at some fans being blind and taking it personally when talking about how the series can grow from game to game. Unity looks like a positive step for the series and i am sure i will enjoy it.

Dragerdeifrit
Dragerdeifrit

@JohnTheLyrical they can, and probably will.... :( 

mrcardio79
mrcardio79

Your nuts. AC Black Flag is an amazing game. You don't have to play previous AC's to enjoy the later and better games.

rarson
rarson

@001011000101101 

It doesn't have to be innovative to be good, but if you're putting out one a year, then there has to be something new to keep gamers coming back. Otherwise, people aren't going to keep paying $60 for games they've basically already played.

justbefahad
justbefahad

@001011000101101 It depends on how long the series is running. Assassin's Creed is a big franchise, with 7 installments (counting Liberation) and two more coming up, making it nine. If the games have nothing new to offer, then its not a welcome experience. The reason I'm optimistic about Unity and have rejected Rogue is because Unity offers something new and Rogue is something I have already experienced too much of.

complete_i
complete_i

@mrcardio79 Black Flag was amazing. Extremely high rated and well liked. If only it had controlled descent it would be perfect. :P

-s3r6i0-
-s3r6i0-

@mrcardio79 Black Flag is a good game because of the pirate aspect but after the novelty of that wears off it's just another shitty Assassin's Greed game. The story and characters are about as engaging as a bowl of oatmeal. Every character lacks depth and the plot loses clarity after a while and you find yourself feeling very indifferent when major supporting characters are killed off. The gameplay itself is bland and also lacking depth, it's like an 18th century GTA. 


You're not missing out on anything. 

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

@aniruddh22 and as iconic charcters like Da Vinci they could have chanakya, aryabhatta, tagore, etc etc there are many many of them

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

@aniruddh22 have you picked up AC: Brahman yet? it's pretty cool won't spoil it for ya by talking about it here. I think India has a lot of potential in terms of story and gameplay. the weapons, culture and social system was radically different compared to other parts in the world

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

@aniruddh22 @crusaderprophet i am not that interested in WWII, i am not sure if Ubi can pull off WW II in AC theme although the conspiracy theories of that time are mind-blowing, oppenheimer's treachery, einstein's contribution to modern society etc etc.


Other interesting periods of history could be: ottoman empire of iraq and their fall by the british, nihilism in russia or mongolian invasion of russia or during the romanov dynasty how 16-yr old mikhail was trained to be an assassin lol, history is vast and is worth exploring. what better way than play through a game!