One of the biggest complaints that gamers have regarding Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise is the belief that the developer cranks out each title in order to release a new entry of the series each year. However, while speaking to TIME's tech division on Oct 16, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Creative Director Jean Guesdon revealed that each game is actually started years prior to their eventual release.
Development on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, for example started prior to the release of Assassin’s Creed III even. This is because each game is created by its own dedicated team. The core people who worked on Assassin’s Creed III didn’t develop Black Flag as the upcoming game had its own core team who has been at work on the title for the past several years. Guesdon explained that that Ubisoft has approximately three separately rotating development teams who are responsible for the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Alternating which team work on what entry into the series allows them to keep releasing yearly entries into the series. However, since each team work independently of one another, that doesn’t mean that the game’s themselves are made within a year. Work on each title actually starts years in advance like most other major game releases.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag releases later this year on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U, PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.