Ubisoft has teased on Facebook that it has a big announcement to share with gamers at 6pm CET today. Clearly speculation is rife regarding what the announcement will be about. A release date and trailer for the highly anticipated Watch Dogs appears to be the best bet. However, it could be the reveal of the next Assassin’s Creed.
Big news tonight – be ready at 18:00 CET!
Update: It looks as though the news has broke early and it’s the release date for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC version of Watch Dogs on May 27th. We already know that the Wii U version of the game is delayed.
The official channel for Assassin’s Creed: Initiates Twitter account has recently been posting hexadecimal points that point to the next game in the popular franchise possibly being set in Russia. The first entry tweeted points to “north” and the second entry points to “east”. 4e6f727468 means North and 45617374 points towards a location near Moscow, Russia. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to find out where the next Assassin’s Creed game will be set.
Jade Raymond, the Managing Director of Ubisoft Toronto, has told Adweek that Assassin’s Creed V won’t be set in feudal Japan, but will instead be set in her favourite historical era. Unfortunately Raymond wouldn’t divulge any further details on the historical setting.
Assassin’s Creed has explored the Crusades, the Renaissance, American Revolution and most recently pirates. The fifth installment will feature her favorite historical era, Raymond says, but she can’t even give a hint of what that is because it would ruin the surprise. She did dispel the rumor that it is set at the end of the samurai age in Japan. That said, she thinks that would be a cool idea.
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag creative director Jean Guesdon has explained that they have explored the possibility of future Assassin’s Creed games being set in Feudal Japan. However, Guesdon says that there are plenty of other possible historical settings that could be used in the blockbuster series. He concluded by saying that “the entire human history is our playground.”
“Feudal Japan remains – like numerous other time periods and locations – a possible future setting for the franchise because thanks to the Animus. The entire human history is our playground.”
Ubisoft Sofia producer Momchil Valentinov Gindyanov has revealed to the Examiner that multiple Assassin’s Creed games per year is certainly a possibility. Gindyanov says that other Assassin’s Creed spinoff games could exist as they would offer different experiences to the fans of the series. Gindyanov points towards Assassin’s Creed Liberation and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag as prime examples.
“Definitely [multiple releases a year] is a possibility. That being said, I don’t believe AC Liberation and AC IV are in competition as both games provide different experiences and I’m sure our fans enjoy both.”
Apparently Ubisoft revealed even more in yesterday’s conference call than originally believed. It has come to light that the company is projecting sales of 10 million copies for its latest Assassin’s Creed installment, Black Flag. With these numbers, the company is actually forecasting a decrease for the Assassin’s Creed series, as Assassin’s Creed 3 raked in a total of 12.5 million copies sold in its first six months. Yesterday, Ubisoft also announced that Rayman Legends and Splinter Cell: Blacklist did not perform in accordance with expectations, so perhaps the latest Assassin’s Creed projections are taking into account Ubisoft’s ailing overall sales figures. Here is a quote from CEO Yves Guillemot about the newest Assassin’s Creed game:
“We expect Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag to be a highly-rated game. Previews have been very positive and the title will again be among the highest performers of the year. We are very confident with the performance of Assassin’s Creed 4 and the numbers we have in our model, it is going to be key for the launch of the new consoles this Christmas.”
Ubisoft’s Quebec studio, which focuses on mobile and online development, but has also worked on the Assassin’s Creed series, expects to gain 500 jobs over the next seven years, following a $373 million investment by the company in its Quebec branch. Ubisoft will further invest in motion capture technology, and plans to employ 3500 people by 2020. Even the Quebec government is stepping in with financial and legislative assistance. Ubisoft co-founder Yves Guillemot asserted that his company’s expansion is integral to its close relationship with gaming consumers:
“The imminent arrival of the next generation of consoles, the expansion of mobile platforms, the multiplication of connected, immersive, and social environments, and the strategic importance of the relationship between developers and players are profoundly transforming the video game industry,” said Guillemot.
Actor Matt Ryan introduces you to some of the main characters you will meet in the game. Learn more about their past and their ambitions and get ready to plunge into the world of Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag. The latest instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise launches on October 29th in the United States and on November 1st in Europe.
Assassin’s Creed 4 game Director Ashraf Ismail takes us deeper into the world of Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag with this new commented gameplay video. Immerse yourself in the Caribbean World with Edward Kenway as he engages and weakens a Fort with the Jackdaw, and seamlessly launch into a ground assault, aiming for the Commander of the Fort. Assassin’s Creed 4 is due for release on October 29th in North America.
Check out the new Gamescom Stealth Trailer for Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag, releasing October 29th on Wii U. The latest trailer see’s you follow Captain Edward Kenway as he silently stalks his enemies across cities, rooftops, and jungles. Stealth is back with a renewed focus in Assassin’s Creed 4 featuring all-new gameplay mechanics, features and weapons such as the Blowpipe.