Ubisoft is confident that its highly anticipated multi-format title Watch Dogs could sell as well, or even better, than the company’s acclaimed Assassin’s Creed. The original Assassin’s Creed game, which was released in 2007, has reportedly sold over eight million copies and counting. Ubisoft clearly has big ambitions for Watch Dogs, and rightfully so.
“Watch_Dogs can do probably as well or probably even better than AC1, in the target we’ve given we’ve taken quantity that are below AC1. So that’s the point”
Ubisoft Montreal boss Yannis Mallat firmly believes that gamers want a new Assassin’s Creed game every year. Mallat says that consumers will tell the company once they have had enough of the popular franchise, but he doesn’t see that day coming. Ubisoft say that they have plenty of high quality content for future Assassin’s Creed games and he doesn’t envision that changing. Here’s what he had to say.
“No. The players will tell us. Right now there are more and more coming into the franchise, so I don’t see that day.”
“It’s our breakthrough. When you have quality content, the frequency of coming out with the game is not an issue at all. On the contrary, people expect more and more of that content. So it’s natural to be able to provide that content. The gamers are happy and it’s our job to make them happy.”
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates.
It looks as though Ubisoft is making another Assassin’s Creed title which is named Assassin’s Creed: Rising Phoenix. Rising Phoenix is apparently being created by Ubisoft Digital Arts cinema creation studio. There’s no information on the mysterious title other than the leaked concept logo. Rising Phoenix could be for consoles, but it could also be for mobile platforms, Facebook, or a CGI film.
You may remember that MCV reported that they had been sent a press invite for a special Assassin’s Creed event which took place today. Well, it turns out information from the event is currently under embargo until Monday. The publication says that while the information won’t be officially announced until Monday, they admit that some of it has already leaked out. The new game is apparently titled Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and the main characters name is Edward Kenway, father of Haytham Kenway from Assassin’s Creed 3. The game is reportedly set in the Caribbean. Both a screenshot and the world map for the game have leaked onto the Internet.
A poster that Kotaku has received suggests that the next Assassin’s Creed game will be titled Black Flag. You may remember a Reddit user caught sight of Ubisoft marketing materials on a flight he was on which suggested that the game is titled Black Flag. Ubsoft is holding an Assassin’s Creed presentation tomorrow for press so expect the game to be revealed to the public then.
Update: More information on the game. The main characters name is Edward Kenway, father of Haytham Kenway from Assassin’s Creed 3. Edward is known as a Privateer, Assassin and occasional pirate. The games location is set in the Caribbean on multiple islands including Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas. The current game is running on the Xbox 360, but has plans for next generation consoles as well.
A number of gaming press have been invited to a special Assassin’s Creed press event by Ubisoft. The mysterious event will happen on February 27th. The event takes place after Sony’s PlayStation 4 reveal which is due to take place tomorrow, Wednesday February 20th. Maybe it’s a look at the next generation Assassin’s Creed game, which is undoubtedly in development.
Rumours have already begun to surface about the next Assassin’s Creed game. We found out yesterday that the next game in the series will feature a new protagonist, time period, and a new developer. The latest rumour suggests that the game will be titled Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, and it will feature a pirate related storyline. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for all the juicy details to emerge.
“I was on a flight where the lady in the row in front of me was working on a powerpoint presentation on marketing strategies of several gaming titles. And one that stood out the most was AC4: Black Flags, aimed for release 2013 Holiday season according to her slide. It already had a cool looking logo for it.”
“Unfortunately I didn’t take any photo, just wanted to share it with all the AC fans, and give those who are trying to figure out the next story line a little hint.”
- Reddit user, photoacoustic.
Ubisoft has announced that the next Assassin’s Creed game will do away with lead protagonist Connor and will feature a brand new hero. The game will also take place in a new time period for the franchise. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said to press that the game will feature “all-new Assassin’s Creed hero, within an all new team and time period” and will be “another major leap forward for the franchise”. Guillemot said that game will be released before April 2014, but refused to say which platforms it will become available on.
Ubisoft Brazil managing director Bertrand Chaverot has apparently revealed that the next instalment of the immensely popular Assassin’s Creed franchise will be set in Brazil. Assassin’s Creed 3 featured missions set in the South American country, so it isn’t too surprising. Ubisoft’s North American outfit has yet to comment on the news.