Assassin's Creed May Take A Year Off After Ezio's End

When will Assassin's Creed return once Ezio's story ends in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood? According to series associate producer Jean-Francois Boivin, a year hiatus might be in order.

Assassin's Creed II came out late last year, and it was brilliant. The next installment, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is slated for release in November, and while the addition of multiplayer and the promise of more Ezio action is enticing, a year between games doesn't seem like very much time. As the old saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Ubisoft Montreal's Jean-Francois Boivin agrees.

"We can see a lot of the music games that are releasing year after year – the interest is a lot less than it used to be. The excitement is a lot less than it used to be. You want to keep people excited. You gotta make people miss it a bit. It's like, 'Oh man! I'm so happy it's back!' But if you keep force-feeding to people then people are like, 'Yeah, enough of your Assassin's Creed'.

That having been said, Boivin thinks the franchise could very well take a much-deserved rest after Brotherhood hits store shelves.

"I don't think there's going to be an Assassin's Creed in 2011. 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."

Boivin isn't sure how long a breather the series will take. There are mitigating factors. Business people dictating release dates. All the creative side can do is push back and explain how much time they need and why they need it.

He doesn't see the hiatus reaching epic proportions, at least.

We need to keep it fresh though; we need to keep it relatively close by, because we have to keep the interest there. I don't think we do a service to this licence if we pull a Duke Nukem on people, you know what I'm saying? It's hard to answer."

No Assassin's Creed in 2011 - Ubisoft [Eurogamer via MTV Multiplayer]


    Not that bad, but please come back with BIG-BANG! :D

    So very true, got to give the brand room to breath but not too much. I am quite happy that i will not be seeing sequals year after year cause we all know what happens to those brands that do, they eventually crumble.

    Kudose for throwing in the Duke Nukem reference, no one is going to forget that.

    Come back with ninjas set in mediaval Japan.

    Hopefully, the hiatus will allow the creative team to develop some new ideas, work out how to bring an essentially melee game into a long range age.
    And decide how many lives there are to explore before it reahches the present day.

    It's a good thing, but I'll miss Ezio. One of the cooler characters I've played in recent years.

    Good move on the hiatus. At first I was sceptical about Brotherhood, but everything I've seen so far looks great, and the Ezio character is worth revisiting.

    That said, I'm much more interested in what happens to Desmond, especially after the mindf*** conclusion to AC2!

    God here's hoping that when they come back it's with Desmond running around in the present day messing shit up.

    "Give the gift of missing you"

    I liked Ezio much more than Altair personally, I enjoyed his story and his rise to becoming an Assassin. It will be sad to see his story leave but i'm glad they aren't stopping it at AC2.

    Brotherhood is NOT AC3, its more of an expansion but worthy of the retail and full priced release for the content we will receive.

    AC3 will continue the Assassin story with a new assassin I presume or modern day perhaps, who knows.
    I hope for a year delay before AC3, I even expect it to already be in development.

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