Watch Dogs 2 Will “Certainly” Make Up for Lack of a New Assassin’s Creed This Year, Says Ubisoft
Since 2009, there hasn’t been a single year in which Ubisoft hasn’t released its tent-pole Assassin’s Creed game. Until now, that is. With the series’ sales and reception declining as of late, the developer decided to skip over a new release this year and settled for the Ezio Collection. However, the lack of a new Assassin’s Creed apparently won’t hurt the studio.
In an interview with MCV, Ubisoft’s UK sales director Darren Bowe has said that Watch Dogs 2 will “certainly” fill in for Assassin’s Creed this year. The upcoming action adventure title, he says, will be supported by several other games, which means Ubisoft won’t exactly be struggling without its stealth title. Bowe explained:
Assassin’s Creed has been a fantastic seller for Ubisoft and really important to the market every year, but make no mistake, Watch Dogs 2 will certainly fill the gap this year. We are very fortunate to have such a strong and varied line-up so we don’t have to rely just one franchise. Following Watch Dogs 2, we also have Steep launching at the start of December along with strong back catalog sales on Tom Clancy’s The Division and Far Cry Primal which have been two of the biggest launches so far this year.
Let’s not forget live games like The Crew and Rainbow Six Siege which is really being embraced the community with 10m players worldwide. If that wasn’t enough we also have the Ezio Collection, so for those consumers who need a taste of Assassin’s Creed every year – and we know there are a huge number of people – they will still be able to purchase a great triple pack which covers the most loved period of Assassin’s Creed.
The next Assassin’s Creed game has been tightly kept under the wraps although there have been several rumors here and there. Ubisoft hasn’t confirmed when we’ll see the next entry, going as far as stating that it’ll be out when it’s ready, which means we won’t necessarily get one next year either.