Ubisoft Survey Ponders An Assassin's Creed-Free Pirate Franchise [Update]S

Now that Ubisoft has made not one but two pirate-themed games in the Assassin's Creed universe, a survey being sent out to fans (and through them to IGN) wonders if players wouldn't just be fine with a straight-up pirate game.

My main criticism of both Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and the recently released mobile follow-up is all of that assassination and creeding getting in the way of my pirating. I am not alone in this reaction, and Ubisoft seems to have taken notice.

Ubisoft Survey Ponders An Assassin's Creed-Free Pirate Franchise [Update]

According to IGN, the survey puts forth a pirate-centric, non-AC franchise, asking players what sort of features they'd like to see in such an endeavor, including customizable ships, a deeper economy, more activities on sea and land and cooperative and competitive online multiplayer naval combat.

I wish I were playing that game right now.

Beyond the pirate main, the survey goes on to ask the same sort of questions about the inevitable Assassin's Creed V that have been asked in surveys about past sequels — should there be a new modern protagonist, would you like to meet more historical figures, etc.

We've poked Ubisoft about the survey, and will update should they respond.

I'm fine with the whole franchise taking a breather to focus on a little booty plundering myself. How about you folks?

Update: A Ubisoft spokesperson gave us the following reply: "As in previous years, Ubisoft takes these surveys seriously to help us gauge which direction they'd like to see future Assassin's Creed games head. And you know how much we love reading Abstergo market analysis reports."