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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398 comments
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.

NTM23
NTM23

I'm not sure if I believe this. There are those that could dislike it, but will still in the end buy it though.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

It's laughable seeing the very same people who bash and tr0ll CoD forums but go on to play the 7th version of AC that comes out every 9 months. Hypocrites.

dbiii1987
dbiii1987

Recycled garbage. Ignorant fans will still support.

Vodoo
Vodoo

You could've just made the same damn game for 360/PS3 as you're making for XB1/PS4. Just like Watch Dogs and AC4. Don't pedal that bs that you're catering to the last gen people by giving them a unique game, when you flat-out KNOW you're milking people to buy 2 games.

It just so happens that AC Rogue for last-gen interests me a lot more than Unity does. Unity seems like it's built mostly for 4-player coop, which I don't play. However, Rogue is single player only, which I love.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

wow. this sounds like, "if you don't like assassin's creed, you suck." way to go ubisoft, nice way to lure in potential customers.

b1ank
b1ank

I have preordered every AC game to date. So I guess id be a "hardcore AC fan". I however wont be preordering either of these and if I do buy them, they will be at a heavy discount. So put that in your pipe and smoke it Ubisoft. This "vocal minority" buzzword is a joke. There's a reason they're vocal. 

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

There's no question - there's too many AC games. That being said, despite having a failtacular narrative following Ezio and Altair's story arc, I still enjoy the games, even if they're cookie cutter. So, I definitely buy into the series, but only if the games are $20 or less, and used. 


Ubifailin' since Assassin's Creed II. 

Pelezinho777
Pelezinho777

Not a hardcore fan since 2010 and AC 2, for whom you owe all the AC glory...ubihard....

Gamer-Elias
Gamer-Elias

ffs if you dont want to play 2 ac titles per year just dont friggin nag about it.

Sohaim
Sohaim

yeah right, keep thinking that

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

B.. but... being in the vocal minority is, in and of itself, affirmation that whatever thought gestates between our ears has to be inherently noble and correct!


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.... :( 

justbefahad
justbefahad

@dbiii1987 The games aren't exactly recycled garbage. The only recycled garbage I see so far in the series is Rogue, a recycled, more dull version of Black Flag. AC 3 and Liberation felt very similar too, maybe because both were extra-ordinarily boring and dull.

justbefahad
justbefahad

@Vodoo The co-op in Unity in entirely optional. Even the Heist Side-Missions which have been shown to be built for co-op can be played solo. You can play the whole campaign solo if you want, it'll only be a bit more challenging.

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.

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

@justbefahad @dbiii1987 Liberation wasn't meant to be a main installment, it is an extension of AC III so it should feel like AC III. However the different personas fit into the job description of an assassin.

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

@justbefahad @dbiii1987 Rogue...yes it is recycled material, even they can see that but I think they did this because (i) they wanted to close the gaping hole in the North American story line (ii) saw a tremendous opportunity to make cash when the survey came out earlier this year of what the fans would like to see in next AC, and most replied naval combat and they already had unity developed and ready to go, so why not copy+paste ACIV and meet the demands of that section of fanbase (iii) a way to still let the fans play a game who have not transitioned to new gen platform yet

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!