Ubisoft has confirmed it is working on a new online title called Assassin’s Creed Infinity, that will include multiple historical settings.
They weren’t originally intending to, but Ubisoft has announced a brand new Assassin’s Creed game, that’s going to be very different from the usual sequels and is intended to be a games as a service title that lasts for many years.
News of Assassin’s Creed Infinity broke earlier in the day via Bloomberg but unlike other publishers Ubisoft chose to announce the game officially, rather than pretend the leak hadn’t happened. Although that’s meant that there’s no screenshots or videos to get an idea of what it’ll look like.
The blog post goes into a considerable amount of detail on who’s making the game but doesn’t at any point describe what it is. According to Bloomberg though it is not a single game but an online ‘platform’ for tying together games that take place in different locations and time periods.
The Bloomberg report doesn’t add any further details, merely suggesting that Ubisoft is looking at Fortnite and GTA Online as its inspiration, in terms of how long the game will last and, no doubt, the money it will get from microtransactions.
The game is intended to ‘exceed the expectations of fans who have been asking for a more cohesive approach’ to the series, a Ubisoft spokesperson told Bloomberg.
It’s all extremely vague but the implication seems to be that new games will be released in the usual manner but will then become part of the overall Infinity service, which will ensure new content for several years and crossovers with existing and future games.
Assassin’s Creed Infinity will involve the teaming up of Ubisoft Montreal and Quebec, both of which have worked on previous entries, with Marc-Alexis Côté of Ubisoft Quebec becoming executive producer of the whole series.
Splinter Cell and Watch Dogs Legion veteran Clint Hocking will lead the Montréal team, while Syndicate and Odyssey director Jonathan Dumont will lead the Quebec team.
The two studios have often not got on well in the past and no doubt Ubisoft is hoping that working together will help to improve relations.
However, Ubisoft as a whole still has a number of allegations of workplace harassment hanging over it, with Bloomberg claiming that Ubisoft Montreal still employs managers that were accused of ‘harassment or toxic behaviour’, with reports that other complaints of racism and sexism have not been acted on.
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