LAUNCHING A NEW ASSASSIN’S CREED GAME AND REINVENTING THE FRANCHISE
While the last several Assassin’s Creed games were not bad, they were nothing remarkable, causing fans to lose faith in the long running series. Assassin’s Creed took a year off in 2016, making way for Watch Dogs 2 and allowing Ubisoft to take their time with development. There have been rumors for several years that the next entry will be set in ancient Egypt, moving away from the Western roots of the series and thrusting players into a world unlike any other explored in video games.
Assassin’s Creed is one of Ubisoft’s biggest franchises, and its waning popularity is not good for the company, especially since it was once one of the most unique series in the industry. A new entry in the series is a certainty, but other than a change in setting, we have no idea how Assassin’s Creed will evolve. It has followed a similar structure since Assassin’s Creed II, with Unity evolving the series’ trademark parkour, making it easier to traverse the enviroment but still tasking players with finding viewpoints, jumping into hay, and sneaking up behind unaware guards.
Assassin’s Creed has always been an amalgam of stealth and action, but the action has always won out. Maybe this balance needs to shift, favoring stealth and emphasizing that the player is stepping into the shoes of an assassin. Hopefully, the next entry in this fantastic franchise will give fans something to look forward to.