Ubisoft has issued a response following reports of a new live-service game in the AC series, developed under the codename “Assassin’s Creed Infinity.”
Ubisoft has issued a statement in response to a report claiming a new Assassin’s Creed game is in development. The game is being developed under the codename “Assassin’s Creed Infinity” and is alleged to be a life-service online game, taking the longstanding franchise in a new direction from its current installments.
Assassin’s Creed games are now known for providing huge and detailed open-world environments which can take over a hundred hours to complete, though they were once recognized as smaller, more contained adventures. In recent years, Ubisoft has included online elements for Assassin’s Creed games, including storefronts, seasonal events, and microtransactions. Though AC games can be played without purchasing any add-ons, players who want in-game perks, DLC and cosmetics will need to pay for them. While Ubisoft has been criticized for prioritizing its microtransactions in games like 2020’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the series continues to be one of the company’s popular and lucrative franchises.
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Earlier today (July 7), Bloomberg broke the news of Assassin’s Creed Infinity, the next AC project which is allegedly a live-service game aiming to “create a massive online platform that evolves over time,” according to unnamed sources close to the publication. While details were sparse, Ubisoft acknowledged the existence of the project, though declined to give more details. Now the company has released a full statement, confirming the game is indeed in development, describing it as “an important upcoming, early-in-development project codenamed Assassin’s Creed Infinity.” Announcing the new cross-studio venture, Ubisoft said:
“We wanted to share some key updates on the talented and creative minds that will now be working in a collaborative, cross-studio structure between Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Quebec that will guide, grow, evolve, and define the overall future of Assassin’s Creed that includes an important upcoming, early-in-development project codenamed Assassin’s Creed Infinity.“
The company added that the cross-studio collaboration will be helmed by a number of high-profile Ubisoft developers already linked to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, including one of the founding members of Ubisoft Quebec and senior producer on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Marc-Alexis Côté. Côté will be joined by Assassin’s Creed Valhalla producer Julien Laferrière, Odyssey creative director Jonathan Dumont, and Watch Dogs: Legion creative director Clint Hocking.
Our teams will be working closer than ever to develop future Assassin’s Creed games. Learn more:
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) July 7, 2021
Although the statement does corroborate the report of Assassin’s Creed Infinity‘s existence, it doesn’t address claims that it will be a live-service title. According to Bloomberg, the game will incorporate “multiple settings with room to expand to others in the months and years following its debut.” While Ubisoft has remained quiet on the allegations, the company has confirmed more details for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Assassin’s Creed Infinity will be coming “at a later date“.
Live-service games are often badly received by gamers, with many preferring single-player adventures over an ever-updating adventure potentially requiring multiple investments. As live-service games like Marvel’s Avengers are always changing and growing, gameplay can often be reliant on microtransactions to cover development costs, and while lots of games provide purely optional microtransactions, they’re still a hot topic for players. Microtransactions can vary in scope, ranging from new cosmetic outfits to pay-to-win mechanics, depending on the game being played. Whether or not Ubisoft will follow a similar route to the always-evolving Marvel’s Avengers game remains to be seen. Players will now have to wait until Ubisoft confirms more details on Assassin’s Creed Infinity and addresses allegations of it being a live-service online game.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
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