In 2007, Ubiosft Montreal released a brand new IP called Assassin's Creed. While it received decent reviews, the game needed a lot of work if it hoped to continue. Since that release date the name, Assassin's Creed, has become one of the biggest phenomenons in Video Games, with Ubisoft having made over 70 million sales with the franchise so far. Without a doubt, Assassin's Creed has been the corner stone of Ubisoft's success for years.
But with Black Flag, Rogue and Unity having dipped in sales and the recent attack on Unity's inadequate design still looming, have player's become disinterested with the franchise? Have Ubisoft released too many Assassin's Creed games for us to be hyped for a new city every year? Let's take a look at the general consensus and why people are having difficulty looking forward to Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate - Are Players Losing Interest in Ubisoft's Franchise?
Assassin's Creed concluded on one of the most ridiculous cliffhangers I've ever experienced in gaming. Naturally - aside from the fact that Assassin's Creed 2 looked like it improved on the original in every way - I wanted to grab AC2 in order to continue the story of Desmond Miles. However, even with Assassin's Creed 2, Ubisoft weren't prepared to wrap up his story - but I didn't mind so much seeing as the game was so well made.
But I hated how they prolonged and complicated his story, to the point where I didn't even play the game that last featured him. But it wasn't just Desmond Miles that was putting me off playing Assassin's Creed, it was the body of the games themselves. The stories in the AC franchise have been typically repetitive and reductive. Ubisoft haven't been able to find a character as compelling as Ezio to lead the franchise in a long time and they refuse to change up the gameplay formula in any meaningful way.
We see Assassin's Creed receive the same complaints as the likes of FIFA. Year after year Ubisoft release a new iteration, but a lot of the time they fail to innovate or change up a lot of the issues that players have with the games. If the Assassin's Creed games had spread themselves out and removed half of the games they've already released, the series could be enjoying a much higher standard - but all that money.
This attitude is mainly indicative when examining Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. A lot of players around the world are finding it difficult to be excited about AC anymore. After all, the Assassin's Creed formula has been used in so many different games and has even been improved on, in my opinion, by the likes of Shadow of Mordor. Therefore, returning to this game year after year feels boring. Ubisoft really need to change up their approach, or start investing more time in the likes of Watch Dogs 2.
Are You Excited for the Release Date of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate?
Sticking a game's formula in a new city every year gets pretty banal after a while. Assassin's Creed is becoming a parody of itself and you wonder where exactly Ubisoft are going to finish. Will they be going as far as the likes of Mirror's Edge with AC? I seriously hope not. But we know that the next year and probably the year after that, Assassin's Creed games are on the way.
But how do you feel about it? Are you in agreement with these guys when they say that it's difficult to get excited for Assassin's Creed anymore? Let us know where you stand on the series as a whole and whether you're excited for the release date of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.