While Ubisoft is launching two separate Assassin’s Creed titles later this year so that they can focus on the two current console generations independently, the developer is looking to fully move to the new generation of consoles staring in 2015. Speaking to Game Informer on Aug. 18, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot revealed that Assassin’s Creed Rogue could very easily be the last installment of the popular franchise to release on last-gen hardware.
Guillemot admitted that the decision will likely come in part due to the fact that consumers are upgrading to the Xbox One and Playstation 4 at a much faster rate than Ubisoft anticipated. As such, the user base of the new generation consoles is expected to be more than sufficient next year that the developer will no longer have to cater to the older platforms.
Additionally, while Assassin’s Creed Rogue might be the last game in the series to release for the Xbox 360 and PS3, Guillemot revealed why last year’s Black Flag was officially the last time that the franchise will be brought to Nintendo systems. The reason is simply because the franchise didn’t sell well on the Wii U. In fact, Wii U sales of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag only accounted for three percent of the games total sales across all platforms. As a result, Ubisoft has decided not to release any additional Assassin’s Creed tiles on Nintendo consoles in the future.
As for the Xbox 360 and PS4, Guillemot stated that the series is expected to move away from the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 with the revelation that “After 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those systems.” Ubisoft told fans earlier this year that they expect to support the last-gen platform for several years but that looks like it might be changing as more and more gamers pick up an Xbox One and PS4.
It is unknown if Ubisoft would still continue to develop mupltiple installments of the Assassin’s Creed franchise if they would both appear on the same consoles. However, it could be possible as there is more that differentiates Unity from Rogue other than what platforms they will release on. Assassin’s Creed Rogue continues the series’ combat-focused ship battles while Unity is said to contain a much greater emphasis on stealth than outright combat.