Of all the continuing franchises from the last generation of consoles, most that have seen a new release in their respective series since the launch of the Xbox One and PS4 have yet to solely embrace the new consoles. Nearly all of these returning game series, including last year’s installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, have featured cross-generational launches where version of the game have released across both new and old systems alike. However, as revealed in a VG247 report on May 19, Ubisoft will fully embrace the new generation later this year with Assassin’s Creed: Unity.
By splitting up their long-running series, Ubisoft plans to launch two separate Assassin’s Creed titles later this year. Each game will release exclusively for one specific console generation. Assassin’s Creed: Unity will launch on Xbox One and PS4, while another installment will release only for last-gen platforms.
By separation the console generations and giving each their own title, Ubisoft can develop individual Assassin’s Creed games that focus entirely on the strengths of their respective systems. This means that next-gen titles won’t have to be watered-down so that they game can also run on the Xbox 360 and PS4. Alternatively, Ubisoft will still be able to enjoy launching new entries on last-gen systems which still have a much larger userbase.
Assassin’s Creed:Unity is expected to release later this fall on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. As the first installment of the series to launch exclusively on the next-gen platforms, the upcoming game will undoubtedly be the most visually impressive entry of the series to date. Assassin’s Creed: Unity will take place during the French Revolution and is rumored to include a cooperative story campaign.
Also launching this year will be Assassin’s Creed: Comet for the Xbox 360 and PS3. Little is known regarding the upcoming game other than that it will only release on last generation systems.