Assassin's Creed Is Skipping 2019

The next big Assassin’s Creed game won’t arrive until 2020, Ubisoft has said, confirming that the once-annualized series is annualized no more.

“We are not going to have a full-fledged Assassin’s next year,” Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot told Gamespot at Gamescom in Germany this week. “It’s just because the teams were working separately, so we have two games now, one year after the other. But next year you’re not going to have a fully fledged one.”

Instead, Guillemot said, the company plans to support this fall’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey throughout 2019, treating it with the “games as a service” model that has proven lucrative for many of Ubisoft’s other franchises.

Ubisoft will add free updates and expansions to Odyssey, which is set in ancient Greece, rather than moving on to the next big game right away. (Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins experimented with this same model, but its post-launch support only lasted five months, ending in March of this year.)

Guillemot didn’t specifically say that Assassin’s Creed will return in 2020, but that timing makes sense, perhaps as a cross-gen launch title for the next generation of consoles?

The gap year has been effective for Assassin’s Creed. Following the disastrous launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity (2014) and the soft sales of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (2015), Ubisoft gave the franchise a year off in 2016. This led to one of the best entries yet, Assassin’s Creed Origins (2017). The next game, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, will be out this October.


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    “We are not going to have a full-fledged Assassin’s next year,”

    Nit-picking perhaps, but the words suggests there may still be something/spin-off if not a main title?

    I think it’s a good idea - the year off made a big difference to Origins so let’s hope it can do the same for the next game - just hope to goodness they work on the quests/repetition as it’s been an issue since the very first game & still mars (feel i’ve said this a few times now!) what was a great return to form in Origins otherwise.

    Just finishing off the second dlc for Origins now - if it’s been a while & you fancy more AC I can recommend, if you’ve played recently i’d suggest waiting - it’s more of the same only a little worse with more of the irritating enemy types and mounted archers who can see/hit you from half the map away.

      Maybe scratch the recommendation for the dlc after all - it’s better than the first and has a few nice touches, it also has some of the most excruciatingly dull, tedious, potentially cheap & drawn out boss fights too. Playing to finish it now, the fun ended a while ago & it’s sadly now souring my opinion of what - for the most part - has been a great game.

        So you reckon just play the vanilla game with no dlc?

          If you’ve not played the base game then yep, that should be more than enough (the game is huge!) i reckon...?

          I got the dlc’s because they were on sale last week against my better judgment. The best bit (for me personally) is that they up the level cap buuuut;

          The Hidden Ones;
          The additional story is completely throwaway (and can be seen very quickly on youtube)
          Hard crashed about 5-6 times plus had a few other quest bugs - never crashed in the base game (played on xbox x)
          Missions are just rinse/repeat of the main game & the area isn’t particularly exciting.
          Enemy areas have a lot more soldiers in them now which would be cool if you hadn’t already killed 750k previously to get to that part (hence why if you played the base game a while back it’d be fresh again)

          Curse of the Pharaohs
          Great setting & premise - far more compelling than the hidden ones.
          Even more so than the first dlc, so many missions, fetch quests, backtracking - you’ll have done it all 20k times previously.

          Main issue with them both i guess is that because i did so much of the main game i had all top level weapons etc, so there’s no loot gain in the dlc - any specific weapon drops are much of a muchness (that i’ve seen). If you ignore a lot of the base game you may get more mileage from them, but i’m just so burnt out on doing the same thing ad nauseam that it feels massively grindy.

          Hope it doesn’t put you off because i had lots of fun for majority of the base game - the predator bow is just insanely good fun & finally makes stealth viable despite the typically clunky AC controls!

            Thanks man. Awesome response. I picked up the base game a few weeks ago for $20. I might stick with it alone. Like, I loved Witcher 3 but I sunk 130hrs into that bad boy, I don't know how much stamina I have for these huge world games anymore. Like, I got shit to do in REAL life you know?

            So i'll stick to vanilla. Thanks again!

              No worries!

              Big difference with the witcher 3 is that - at least for the most part - the sidequests were/are pretty compelling storywise, same can’t really be said for a lot of Origins. Gameplay/general sandbox mitigate that for a good while, but because it’s so big the novelty wears off before the end, at least for me - agree completely with your last point, getting so fed up with games padding to make them artificially longer, sometimes less is more...

              Have fun!

    There is always something new for Assassin's Creed every year. Whether thats a movie/re-master/spin-off

    I'm glad they are slowing down with the main games because those games deserve the best quality.

    That is what they said about AC:Origins - and that only lasted a year

    Then they re-skinned it for then next (this) year

    The next big Assassin’s Creed game won’t arrive until 2020

    Oh cool they're going to keep staggering the releases better to ensure they have adequate development tim...

    ...treating it with the “games as a service” model

    Sorry nevermind. GAAS cancer it is.

    Yay everyone can skip a year of banality and fetch quests with blurry graphics

      AC Origins is one of the sharpest looking games I’ve ever seen. On Xbox One X its definitely sharper than any other open world game I’ve seen, except maybe Far Cry 5.

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