Assassin’s Creed Is Still Relevant
Well of course it’s still relevant, it’s a cautionary tale (one of many) about the dangers of annualising a great series and making it a cash cow rather than a hallmark of gaming excellence. Perhaps my opinions are not the most neutral.
That said, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag creative director Jean Guesdon defends the annualised franchise stating that it is still very relevant. He does admit that it’s not quite at its pinnacle yet and has some way to go.
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Speaking with OXM, Guesdon said, “I think we have proven that this franchise is relevant, and that it has a long way to go. Our job as developers of this new opus is to surprise players and bringing fresh, different ideas, while at the same time ensuring that what makes AC such a stand-out franchise remains intact.
“With the scale and scope of the world we are building, the completely new setting, the new gameplay mechanics, and our new characters (both our hero and his supporting cast), we are definitely on track to get the job done and avoid fatigue altogether.”
When asked if his team feared competition from fellow sandbox games GTA 5 and Ubisoft’s own Watch Dogs, Guesdon replied, “We are actually really excited to play those games – both of their universes offer something fresh and different! But when it comes to what we’re doing, we believe our promise and setting are very different from both of those games.”
Personally, the series jumped the shark a long time ago. It is still somewhat relevant in the gaming world, about as relevant as a historically-themed game series can be, but it certainly has garnered a massive following. Is it time to re-invent the hidden-blade as it were?