Ubisoft is notably known for pushing out an Assassin’s Creed game every year without fail. Even with bigger and bolder goals for every launch — they are still yet to take a hiatus. And, that may be all well and good in some respects, but is it the right thing to do? After all, most triple-A games take several years of blood, sweat and tears just to so much as make a dent in consumers pockets. But, with Assassin’s Creed, it’s almost as if Ubisoft relies purely on reputation alone to sail them through the faults.
Assassin’s Creed was once the product of a raw concept with mounds of history between two factions. With a heavy dosage of accuracy on real events and a strong dedication to all the minor details, the Ubisoft series was quick to become victim to the spotlight. And, for a long time — people adored that connection. The plotline was fresh and the characters were likeable, and every playable moment as a cloaked protagonist put nothing but grins on our faces. Finally — history lessons were fun.
Looking back at the latest instalments — and we’re quick to notice the major drift in accuracy. The lore is no longer realistic, the characters make little to no sense, and everything that once made the franchise unique has well and truly dissolved. And, you know, that’s sad — considering Ubisoft holds the keys to an outstanding series with maximum potential. Only, these days it seems to be more about exploiting history rather than learning from it.
Of course, many fans of the series have spoken about the death of the franchise, and where Ubisoft went wrong. And, to be fair, we can’t deny the fact that Assassin’s Creed stopped being about assassin’s a long time ago. Ever since Unity in 2014, we have seen nothing but unnecessary expansions that take a complete U-turn from what made the first game’s original.
Assassin’s Creed was once about a certain period of time, where Assassin’s and Templars sparred with one another for control. But then, as Ubisoft opened their eyes to the potential of using other eras in their mixture, Assassin’s Creed just looked to become a life simulator that held no further value. And so, it’s fair to say that Ubisoft got greedy a long time ago, and since then all we’ve encountered are add-ons to the cash cow.
We’ve seen the triple-A developer drift from generation to generation, and yet we are without an ending in sight. Ubisoft has been taking a single time period each year and dicing it up to have some relevance to the franchise. But, we do have to question whether or not Ubisoft will continue down this long and winding road, or if they’ll close the books and call it a day. Of course, the latter seems unlikely considering how much the franchise rolls in each year. Even still, millions of fans are bitter over the direction Assassin’s Creed has taken these past five years — and I doubt that’ll change any time soon, either.
So, what happened to Assassin’s Creed? Well, your guess is as good as mine. It appears that it died quite some time ago — and that Ubisoft is more than happy to pursue other irrelevant works under the domain. New eras will be explored, and the name of the franchise will eventually vanish in the hands of greed. But, putting ourselves in their shoes, we do have to wonder — would we do anything differently?