Ubisoft says there's an overall ending to Assassin's Creed

The Assassin's Creed series has an overall arc, says Black Flag director, though Ubisoft has "given ourselves room to fit more in this arc."

Ubisoft has said that it has a planned ending for Assassin's Creed, and that the series follows an overall arc despite its annual release schedule.

Speaking in an interview with Eurogamer, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag director Ashraf IsmaiI said that the series' multiple development teams all follow an overall arc. "We have multiple development teams, then we have the brand team that sits on top and is filled with writers and designers concerned with the series' overall arc," said Ismail.

"So there is an overall arc," he continued, "and each iteration has its place inside this."

Assassin's Creed has attracted its share of criticism for adopting an annual release schedule, but Ismail says that the team has an overall ending in sight, and there are multiple ways for Ubisoft to get there.

"We have an idea of where the end is, what the end is," explained Ismail. "But of course [Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot] announced we are a yearly title, we ship one game a year. So depending on the setting, depending on what fans want, we've given ourselves room to fit more in this arc. But there is an end."

Ismail also says one of the advantages to having multiple studios working on the franchise simultaneously is that the various teams get to work in conjunction to plan plot points and characters ahead of time.

"We're now able to seed stuff earlier and earlier in our games," Ismail said. "So for example in [ACIV] we have Edward, who was seeded in AC3. But there's a lot more stuff in our game that is hinting at other possibilities."

Ubisoft Toronto, which is currently readying the release of Splinter Cell: Blacklist, has already begun work on 2014's Assassin's Creed game. Ubisoft itself has said it does not expect ACIV to outperform its predecessor commercially.

For more information on this year's game, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, check out a recent Ask GameSpot video.

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ewalkskiies
ewalkskiies

why not just make an asian assasins creed game and make that the ending why not just give the fans what they want?

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'm just glad to hear that there is some kind of roadmap and that they aren't just pumping out installments with no idea of how things will end.

ShayaSR
ShayaSR

they're making it worse,AC3 was very well made,but had a shitty story and Conner was just : ewwww. i hope the story will be much better in AC4, but i really don't think so. i wish they had made the character asian in this one, cause AC really needed a big change after AC3. and with Desmon dead that way was just awful, anyway, so this Captain Kenway sounds really familiar,but i can't remember who he was in AC3,anyone can help me?

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

Would be nice if they put some cereal in all that milk

Fursnake
Fursnake

I wonder how long it will be until I am tired of this franchise as well. I enjoyed the games up until AC3, which I had a love/hate relationship with. By the end of it I was kind of glad to be done with it, but I felt compelled to finish it because I paid for it and it wasn't all bad. I have to admit I am looking forward to AC4, the naval stuff in AC3 was pretty fun.

But sooner or later the cow has to run dry.

roman4545
roman4545

quickly end the series as soon as possible and make the entire franchise into ONE giant collection edition !

And of course waiting for that so I can buy

fabiobotas7
fabiobotas7

I do not want assassin's creed ends! Each game has been fantastic and there are so many possibilities for future assassin `s creed games!

Hurvl
Hurvl

Oh good, it's not like Lost, where the scriptwriters demanded to know how many more seasons they'd need to work on. Not knowing when it would end wasn't a good way to ensure a good closure or to keep the story from going bonkers (which it did anyway, if you ask some viewers). I'm always concerned when companies plan several sequels in advance (like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies), because that sounds like they're gonna milk the crap out of their franchise. On the other hand, it's good if they have a plan and not just make things up as they go along. The sequels might then feel less disjointed and more like they're part of one big story, which is always nice.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

bring it to japan....then you can end the series. that series really needs to end or a very long hiatus

tchanah
tchanah

It's a fact that ACII was the best. But all the other games did live up to the name and delivered a good experience. And i'm so cool with the idea if a new title every year IF they maintain the quality which was there till the latest game. It's sad to see it's going to end. Hope it will end with a blast!!

tightwad34
tightwad34

This series really does need to end. Maybe they can take the team(s) working on these games and come up with something brand new that will be really cool for the first 2 or 3 games and then go stale by year 4. Then start on a new one, and so on and so on.

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

Barely anything happens in the modern time sections of each game so they could string this out for as long as its profitable, unfortunately. My interest is already dwindling so AC is no longer a day one purchase for me. I'll take the $29 or lower price drops from now on.

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

So like Lost then?

I really am sick of seeing all this PR hype about the next AC game. AC3 had barely come out before they started promoting it! I skip over most of it, but I'm still sick of it. I'll play the game, just like I played all the others: after the price drops a bit. I don't need a year of hype for a game, my interest has already piqued & dropped. PR at Ubi should wait til a couple of months before the game is out to start their hype. This sort of marketing is exactly the kind of thing that is making AAA games unaffordable to make. There are seriously 3 stories about Black Flag on GS today! Putting out that much PR santioned marketing doesn't come cheap!

T-Bo-_-
T-Bo-_-

I remember when Assassin's Creed first came out Ubisoft said it would be a trilogy.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

@Ubisoft:

Actually, we already saw the end of AC, back in AC3, with the end of Desmond.  Game over, thanks for playing our series.  Anything beyond that is trying to suck more money out of us.  Not me.  You wrote the game into a corner, and when the story ends, especially in the sh*tty way it ended in AC3, that's when I stop spending my money.  Hope you don't f-up your next IP, morons.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

It better not end until we get an Asian assassin, a straight up Ninja!

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

The only way this series will end is when fans stop buying the game and that'll never happen.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I think they may have read "How to market your story" by the late Robert Jordan :P

kvan33
kvan33

"The Assassin's Creed series has an overall arc..."

Yeah, like a beautiful rainbow.   You think you see where it ends.  Only to find that nothing is there when you get to the spot.

xCamilitox
xCamilitox

Just give me an AC set in ancient china like during the Ming Dynasty or Japan during the Shogun eras and after end the series if the would want to :)

Gen007
Gen007

And by the time they actually get to this so called "ending" which will be more like a massive cliffhanger leaving open  the possibility for even more sequels; nobody will give a damn anymore.

Chai_Tea
Chai_Tea

What they really mean is that they will eventually write an ending to the game once fatigue sets in from the yearly sequel and it stops selling.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Yeah, yeah. I'm sure that the planned ending begins with a minimum dollar value of the profits made and they'll simply pull the plug. If Ubisoft had any desire to maintain the integrity of the Assassin's story they'd be done with it already, not stringing it out simply because they have a plot device that lets them do so.

Hell, even The Matrix trilogy has more integrity than Assassin's Creed at this point. *shudder!*

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Bulls**t! I'm calling bulls**t on all of this. They'll make Assassin's Creed games proportional to profits.

okassar
okassar

When Ubisoft gets around to making an Assassin's Creed MMO with microtransactions for bomb-making minigames to play with your friends, time and space will break. That will bring an end to everything we know, and by extension, the Assassin's Creed series.

MEFreak1984
MEFreak1984

Not sure if this is sarcasm but, Capt. Kenway is probably Haytham's Father or Grandfather.

AizazSharif
AizazSharif

@tchanah except ACIII every single game was awesome. This should never ends :(

tightwad34
tightwad34

@T-Bo-_- I remember that too. Sure does seem like a long time ago doesn't it?

Busta
Busta

@VarietyMage  Yea.  Was there ever a spoiler cast that talked about the ending of ac3?  I was like "wtf" when they announced blag flag.  

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@ANUBISZER0 

That was hinted at in the AC Embers mini-movie that ended Ezio's story.  I hope we get an AC set in Japan and China.  I mean both, not just one or the other.  The are geographically close enough to go from one to the other via boat.

Plus there's Korea if the devs really want to push themselves.  Chinese culture did flow outward to Japan through Korea after all.

Titanslayer95
Titanslayer95

@ANUBISZER0 The writer of assassins creed 4 said when he finished writing the game he started researching feudal Japan.  

Hurvl
Hurvl

@kvan33 Except the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is real for Ubisoft, because AC is a goldmine.

xCamilitox
xCamilitox

I mean why not use the fact that in AC3 the rope dart acctually is something originaly from China from an assassin

jecomans
jecomans

@Gen007 I stopped caring about the overall story by the end of AC2, and basically lost the will to even try and follow it during Brotherhood. Ubisoft like to pride themselves on their 'story-driven franchise', but if that's the goal they are failing miserably. I bet the vast majority of players would prefer if they removed the animus and modern story altogether, if they even noticed that junk was missing.

tchanah
tchanah

@AizazSharif AcIII was okay with me :D Yah compared to ACII it's not big deal but yet a good game.

Yah This should not end! 

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

I saw Embers and I remember thinking the next Assassin would be Asian.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

I've got my fingers crossed hoping this happens.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@AizazSharif @hadlee73 He passed away almost half a decade a go, and was well know for getting stuck in a writing rut that saw him never able to come up with an ending to his masterpiece. Get over it.

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

@bbq_R0ADK1LL @paulsifer42 Most of that is Gamespot linking certain news articles to the game that have little to do with the game.  Mostly random crap Ubisoft employees say about the next gen consoles, etc.