Ubisoft “Ready to Take Risks” With Assassin’s Creed Franchise
With Ubisoft releasing a new Assassin’s Creed game every year, it’s understandable if some think that the publisher is playing it safe with its biggest franchise. If that’s the case, then that might be ending soon as Assassin’s Creed: Unity Senior Producer Vincent Pontbriand is “ready to take risks” with the franchise.
We are very flexible…We do plan ahead, we do have a long-term plan, but when we see an opportunity we’ll be the first to jump on it. We’re ready to take risks – that’s what I love about it.
According to Pontbriand, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is one example of this “risk” he’s referring to, since fans liking ACIII’s naval sections were a big part of its conception.
Starting with Brotherhood, we realised that this brand had tremendous potential, so we branched off the core team – some of the core members started working on AC3, and then other guys went onto work on Revelations…The only surprise was Black Flag – that was partly planning and partly opportunistic, when we realised with internal testing that the naval battles were very fun, with AC3 we said they should just do an entire game about that
And because we followed up and used that opportunity, and it gave us an extra year to work on Unity. And our mandate was clear, our technology was starting to work, our ambitions were big, so we said ‘OK, one more year will be just right to make it happen’.
In other franchise news, Ubisoft producer Karl von der Luhe claims that the number of Assassin’s Creed games complaints come from only a “vocal minority.”
Do you think Ubisoft has taken enough risks with the series or can they aim for something bigger?