Ubisoft: Yearly Assassin's Creed games suit us
Posted: 14.10.2011 09:32 by Comments: 10
Ubisoft has been releasing an Assassin's Creed game annually for the past three years, and it doesn't want to end the trend in 2012 with Assassin's Creed 3.

Assassin's Creed: Revelations mission design director Falco Poiker states that releasing an annual game benefits the series.

"The production cycle is less than a year, which actually for me is about ideal," Poiker told Edge Online. "But a lot of people complain about that, I mean I'm talking internally - people say there's not enough time."

Poiker thinks the short development cycle crunch gives them an edge; "It gives an impetus to the team and we find a direction that we say we're going to run in, and there's very little of the indecision that comes with teams that spend two, three, four years developing games",

"Frequently those games will restart completely from the ground-up because they're like, 'We're not satisfied where we are.' We don't have that luxury so the time actually kind of works in our favour. We go one direction and we go with it. If there's problems, oh well, we'll fix it along the way."

There's been some games that have suffered from a yearly release, like Tomb Raider and Guitar Hero, while others have thrived on it, like Call of Duty and more recently Halo.

Are you pleased when your favourite games receive annual releases, or do you worry about loss of quality? Let us know in the comments area below.
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By Kiam99 (SI Veteran Member) on Oct 14, 2011
As long they make a proper game it fine with me since I think they have only improving the games...just need to get more difficult in combat. Just don't start to "milk" the game will destroy it then as seen so many times
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Oct 14, 2011
They already destroyed IMO - but that has nothing to do with the cycles - more with the game itself ;)
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Oct 14, 2011
The AC series is my favorite, no contest. But I do fear that an annual release will dilute the experience. You just don't have the same quality in one year. AC:BR and AC:REV are only slight improvements, while II was massively better than I.
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Oct 14, 2011
I do worry about loss of quality with AC but I have not been disapointed so far and from a developers point of view, the longer they have to complete a game the more they can get distracted and start thinking about new ideas which stem vastly from the game they are supposed to be making and THEN release a game with a load of crap and unexpected crappiness, whereas with less developing time, they have the plan, the know what they need to do and can concentrate on it... if that makes sense :P
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Oct 15, 2011
Great. Another "CoD", and make no mistake. How long the franchise can sustain interest will depend on the quality of story telling and gameplay.
By K3Spice (SI Core) on Oct 15, 2011
I don't mind it. As long as they keep IMPROVING and CHANGING it. I would rather not have another COD.
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Oct 17, 2011
I love CoD, but things are not as great as it used to be. I felt that Black OPS was a bit disappointing.

Assassins Creed however just keeps on improving. I am very pleased with this game.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Oct 17, 2011
Seems Paul Anderson wanted to make a film based on "AC II" but couldn't secure the rights, so go see "The Three Musketeers" if you want to see something like it(and if you really are that masochistic). He has filled it with stuff from "AC II", and "Resident Evil" of all things, including the talentless Jovovich (yeah, the chick he's...ya know). Waste of a movie from a truly dreadful director.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Oct 17, 2011
Anne Parillaud is everything Mila Jovovich wishes she were.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Oct 18, 2011
Well said, Jonah. Mila, I thought was simply just bad but in this film she is at her absolute worst. Faye Dunaway and Rebecca DeMornay (mmmm...gorgeous) were the real deal in that role. He she is just Alice minus the zombies (unless you include Logan Lerman as the one zombie). Such a waste of good talent (Mads Mikkelsen and Christoph Waltz look bored, as do the "B" grade ex-TV stars in main roles).