Assassin’s Creed fans are advised to cherish every moment of Ubisoft’s upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, as Ubisoft have revealed that they plan to give their hit stealth franchise a “breather” in 2011.
"I don't think there's going to be an Assassin's Creed in 2011,” Ubisoft Montreal associate producer Jean-Francois Boivin tells Eurogamer. “I think we're going to let it breathe a bit and really focus on bringing something new and exciting for the next time around. This [Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood] is the end of Ezio's story. This is it."
And while franchise burnout is always a concern, especially for ones as lucrative as Assassin’s Creed, and a break seems like a smart move, Boivin goes on to say that, “business can come back and override everything I say because at the end of the day it’s about selling games.”
As for when and what the next Assassin’s Creed will be, all Boivin was willing to share was this: “We know exactly where we're going. It would lack vision and blunt intelligence to wing it episode after episode. We have to have some vision with the story. We very much do; we know all that stuff.”
From what’s been shown of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, it looks like fans of the series will have plenty to keep them occupied for the foreseeable future. And having to wait until 2012 or even 2013 will surely cause just the right amount of eagerness to build. That is, of course, assuming Assassin’s Creed hasn’t lost its relevance and status by then.
Are you fine not having a new Assassin’s Creed game for two years? Should more franchises take this cool down approach?