Assassin’s Creed may no longer be an annual series when it returns next year, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot suggested during a presentation on Ubisoft’s Investor Day.
When asked about whether Assassin’s Creed will return to the annual cycle it was known for, Guillemot answered, “The goal is not automatically to come back on annual cycle but to come on a regular basis … We saw it was time to give it lots of time so [developers] could really work on the property and all the mechanics to make sure we could take [the series] to another level.”
“Regular basis” is an interesting phrase here. If not annual, could the series be biennial, appearing once every two years? Or perhaps even triennial? Guillemot doesn’t say, but it certainly seems like the days of seeing a new Assassin’s Creed reveal and release every year are behind us.
Chief financial officer of Ubisoft Alain Martinez later said, “… if we feel like we are in the right direction and that we can continue the path and we have enough innovation for the next one, we might come with the next one in the next year. But it’s no longer something that will be set up every year.”
We already learned last week that there will be no Assassin’s Creed game this year, and rumours abound that the next one will be set in Egypt, and come out in 2017. If you’re looking for a very roughly similar experience, though, Ubisoft will have you covered with the release of Watch Dogs 2 some time before April 2017.