Today is earnings day for Ubisoft, and its investors (and fans) heard what the next year will look like from the French game publisher. Over the next 12 months, four heavy hitters from Ubisoft are expected to hit consoles and PCs around the world.
Ubisoft fell flat on its face with Assassin’s Creed Unity. Bugs plagued the release and overshadowed the next entry, Syndicate. The folks at Ubisoft decided the franchise needed to breathe a little, instead of suffocating with yearly releases that weren’t living up to early entries.
With a year off, Ubisoft is ready to bring Assassin’s Creed back. Reports have the game taking place in ancient Egypt. And with a long development time, we should see a whole bunch of new gameplay features. The franchise was in desperate need of a ‘reboot.’ I can’t wait to see how it takes advantage of the extra power in the PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio.
Again, not much on details – but here’s what Ubisoft’s community manager had to say in the announcement. “Beyond the road… Stay with us for more high octane thrills.” Boats? Planes? I’m down. Or maybe I’m just looking into the comment too much.
How that translates to a game like Assassin’s Creed will be interesting to watch. Having multiplayer would make it easier. We’ll see exactly how it all shakes out when Ubisoft holds their E3 conference.
One thing is for sure, Ubisoft knows what works right now in the gaming industry. Consistently updated games with microtransactions will be the mainstay going forward. The days of annualized franchises are done for most.