Jade Raymond Returning To Assassin’s Creed
Ever since the Ezio Saga where the second game in the Assassin’s Creed series spawned its own trilogy, many fans have felt the series had lost its way. It took me a while to admit it but I’m quite firmly in that camp these days and there really is no need for a series like Assassin’s Creed to be annualised the way it is when quality and coherence is clearly being sacrificed for money.
Many fans have been calling for the series’ masterminds, Jade Raymond and Patrice Desilets, to take over the franchise once more and steer it back to its roots. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is effectively a pirate game with a hidden-blade so the series has drifted quite far off. Some might call it progression and keeping gameplay from getting stale but in terms of AC III, this diversity merely made the game feel disjointed. Now while Desilets is back at Ubisoft and perhaps best suited to steer the franchise back to sanity, it is Jade Raymond’s Ubisoft Toronto which is set to create a new AC title.
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Shared development has helped Ubisoft in managing to produce a new AC game year after year and so with the next title, likely to be out in 2014, will be shared primarily between Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto in a collaborative effort.
“We have two big collaborations coming that we’re not talking about, on two of the biggest franchises at Ubisoft,” Raymond said. “We also have two new IP.” The fifth project will be a Splinter Cell title.
I’d be interested to see what role Raymond takes in terms of the next Assassin’s Creed although key positions will likely be held by employees at Ubisoft Montreal.