The Assassin’s Creed series has been one of the most successful franchises for publisher Ubisoft in the last few years, but one key member of the team believes that the upcoming installment might be seen as a dinosaur.
Alex Hutchinson, who is the creative director on Assassin’s Creed 3
, told Edge that, “We’re the last of the dinosaurs. We’re still the monster triple-A game with very large teams multiple studios helping out on different bits. There are fewer and fewer of these games being made, especially as the middle has fallen out.”
He added, “We had almost three years to do it which is a rarity these days; the tech and the hardware platforms were both mature, which allowed us to start running instead of building base features; and the installed user base for all platforms is massive.”
This mix of opportunities will likely not be around for too long, according to Hutchinson, although he was not clear on why and how they would change.
Ubisoft has stated that Assassin’s Creed 3
is designed to be the last game in the current arc of the series, ending the story of Desmond and his ancestors and answering all the questions that the series has raised so far.
It’s unclear what the publisher plans to do with Assassin’s Creed in the coming year, but it’s possible that Hutchinson will work on smaller titles linked to the same universe, exploring side stories on mobile devices or in titles destined for digital distribution.
Assassin’s Creed 3 will be launched on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 in late October of this year and PC players will also get access to the experience one month later.
The game features a new protagonist and will allow gamers to explore the world of the American Revolutionary War.