When Ubisoft confirmed that it will be skipping an Assassin's Creed release for 2016, the reactions have been mixed. Some were happy because an annual release for a game does not always deliver on the quality.
Others have wondered when the next installment will arrive. Now, from the looks of it, a 2017 release date may not even be guaranteed. In an interview with GameSpot, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confirmed that it will be reevaluating and even restructuring how the Assassin's Creed model works.
"What we saw in the development of the next [Assassin's Creed] was that we had an opportunity to take it to another level. So we said we'll take all the time it takes to make the experience fantastic. It was feasible because we have other games. There's a huge potential in this game to revolutionized the UP, so we said, ‘Let's make sure we change our model so we have more time and that we can bring back a greater experience.'"
This sounds far from just a series break for the audience. It sounds like Ubisoft is looking at revitalizing the franchise by giving it a complete overhaul. Guillemot didn't even hint that the franchise will come back by 2017, merely saying that it will be back once they feel it was ready.
Guillemot did not provide details as to how exactly it plans to do this. Will it make full use of the capabilities of the newer consoles, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, and Xbox One Scorpio? Will there be VR facets that can further expand the kind of gameplay experience Assassin's Creed fans have known for a long while?
Or will it be more about the actual gameplay and story. Assassin's Creed has been riddled with numbered stories and non-numbered ones. It may even take the route of a reboot as far as storylines are concerned. But for now, these are mostly speculations.
In the meantime, fans can check out the Assassin's Creed Ezio Collection while waiting. And from the looks of it, the return of the franchise may take a while.