There's a powerful argument to be made that Assassin's Creed is the most successful, influential, definitive new IP of this current generation but, according to Assassin's Creed IV designer Jean-Sebastien Decant, it may be Watch Dogs that defines the next. According to him, Watch Dogs will be an influential title that could help define how Assassin's Creed will work on PS4 and Xbox One.
"Watch Dogs is kind of showing us the path for the future," he said, in an interview with Game Reactor.
"I think we're going toward a gaming place where the open world will be shared with other players. More and more. Socially speaking, but also maybe multiplayer stuff. And we will have to consider the open world much more like a platform that we could sustain for years."
At E3 this year the idea of games being socially connected at all times was a powerful theme, particularly with Ubisoft's titles. The Division and Watch Dogs were games concerned with reinventing what multiplayer meant for a new generation of consoles, and how you could be constantly tethered to that experience. I think, more than anything, that may be how this coming generation of consoles will be defined: by connectivity. It'll be interesting to see.