The Assassin’s Creed series has taken a year-long break after a bad case of franchise fatigue. With annual releases every year since Assassin’s Creed 2, gamers were given almost no time between entries to miss their adventures in the Animus. By the time the excitement for one game had passed, the sequel was already on the horizon. Many fans often hail Assassin’s Creed 2 and Brotherhood as the best games in the series to date. A disastrously launched and buggy Unity, followed by a less ambitious but competent Syndicate, have led many to believe that the franchise has been lulled into a mediocre, annualized cash cow.
While Ubisoft did decide to take some time off from Assassin’s Creed, a high-profile film adaptation is still on it’s way, along with the Ezio Collection remaster. Rumors are circulating about the time period the next game will take place in, and what big changes are in store. The excitement of Assassin’s Creed is still somewhat in the air, and there’s finally space enough between games (for once) to contemplate the past and how the franchise should proceed. It’s time to talk about what can be done to bring the series back to life, and what needs to change for the next entry to be a truly great and memorable adventure.