'Something Around Assassin's' Coming In 2011

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The next Assassin's Creed is out on Tuesday. But people already want to know about the next one — will there be one in 2011? The official reply they're getting is a cagey one, of course.

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"There will be something around Assassin's," Yves Guillemot, the CEO of Ubisoft, the company behind the Assassin's Creed series, said today when answering the 2011 question. "That's the only thing we can say."

Guillemot gave this answer to to investors during a financial briefing call today. The investors were hounding the CEO about the future of the Assassin's Creed series, which Ubisoft executives have said they would like to make annual. There was a two year gap between the first and second Assassin's Creeds but only one year between last year's AC2 and tomorrow's Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. On the call today, the Ubi execs reiterated their "ultimate goal" to make the series yearly.

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Guillemot would not commit to there being an AC3 in 2011 when asked directly, instead dodging the topic with the answer given here.

Series fans know that if there's any year that is crucial in the Assassin's Creed lore its 2012, the date the world just might end. No word on how Ubisoft is planning the franchise for that year either, but, hey, at least they wouldn't have to worry about 2013?

Look for Kotaku's Assassin's Creed Brotherhood review on Tuesday.

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Veritas7Ax
Veritas7Ax

I love getting my games earlier than anticipating them over long periods of time (Batman: Arkham City, I'm looking at you!), even though the anticipation sometimes makes it better.

However, in this case, aside from occasional "Brotherhood-esque" spin-offs, this series does not need this. It feels like Ubisoft got a taste of what it wanted with AC2, and now they just want to get greedy or something.

Now, I feel confident Brotherhood is going to be a really good game for AC fans. But by continuing a yearly thing for the series, you're diluting the product greatly. We already know Brotherhood's single-player is shorter than AC2's. Imagine every "yearly installment" being as short. You never see a game as long as AC2 or longer ever again. And to "make up" for that fact, each game now has multiplayer. And by the 6th game, even that is getting really stale.

Not to mention each of these bastardized games likely has pockets of DLC for them (I read that Brotherhood already has some planned DLC besides the free PS3 stuff). I just don't like where this is going but I hope Ubisoft will prove me wrong.

I know I'm gonna love Brotherhood. The multiplayer looks like it will be fun too. I could settle for another game of its length and quality, but after that, I want to get back to a game that will take me a few weeks to beat, and something that will truly push the series forward.