Skip to main content

See also:

Should Assassin's Creed really take a year off from publishing?

Do you think the series needs a year off?
Do you think the series needs a year off?

As the saying goes, if some is good then more is better, but that has not exactly been the case for some fans of the Assassin's Creed franchise.

There is a rather large, vocal group of Assassin's supporters who adore the franchise, but believe the series should take a year or so away from releasing new versions of the game because they don't want the game to get stale?

Are they right?

Should Assassin's Creed take a year off from publishing?

Assassin's Creed initially debuted back in 2007 and became an immediate smash-hit with its unique take on history and incorporating it with historic cities, during historic timeframes, and blending all of that with a stealth, open-world title that dazzled anyone who played it.

Then it was not until 2009 that the franchise received the second installment, Assassin's Creed II, and this game, even today, is still held in high regard as the best Assassin's Creed of all-time. This time, even though gamers did not know, the game was the beginning of what was to be a trilogy for Ezio, the game's main protagonist.

2010 saw the follow-up to AC II in the form of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. The title continued Ezio's journey and war against the templars and showcased the game in one of the biggest open world experiences ever. Brotherhood was also a monumental title because of the innovative multiplayer mode it introduced for the first time.

Brotherhood was followed by the final performance of Ezio in the Assassin's Creed series called, Assassin's Creed: Revelations. This game brought some closure to the Ezio and Altair stories that had taken place over the past four games.

Where would the series go from there?

The answer came toward the end of this past winter, when Ubisoft revealed a near reboot of the franchise called, Assassin's Creed III.

What Assassin's Creed II was to the first Assassin's Creed, is what Assassin's Creed III is suppose to be to Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood and Revelations.

With this being the fourth consecutive year Ubisoft will have released a new installment in the Assassin's Creed franchise, gotten some people have still been wondering if it is time to rest the series for some time to refresh the franchise.

Assassin's Creed III Creative Director Alex Hutchinson seems to not think the series needs any time off as he vocalized that sentiment in a recent interview.

Another way to look at this topic is the see what the consumers tell us about their demand for Assassin's Creed.

According to, among the three major game platforms, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC, each Assassin's Creed installment has sold 10.23 million units, 10.05 million, 8.69 million and 7.51 million, respectively.

Yes there is an obvious drop off in units sold over the years, but the last two sales totals were due to some of the repetitiveness and stale feeling gamers had with Brotherhood, and especially Revelations.

The real indicator here will be how Assassin's Creed III performs because of how Ubisoft has given off the feeling of the game being a near reboot of the franchise.

But does the franchise need some resting time to regain its luster?

Even though Revelations was a bit excessive, Ubisoft has basically created a new game, from the game mechanics, to the engine it runs on, to the setting and protagonist players will be dashing through the forest with.

Assassin's Creed III looks to bring so many new elements to the series that have never been seen before.

If Ubisoft and all of the folks who work on bringing these worlds to life can continue to produce original stories, worlds and gameplay that are not repetitive, then why ask them to stop?

Should they stop because fans are afraid the game may become stale?

Since the series is still thriving, like it is now, why then would you want to stop it? Just for the sake of taking a year off?

Let's say Assassin's Creed III does not deliver and is a nuclear bomb of disappointment, which is highly unlikely, then yes, all who doubt the yearly releases of the game would be correct and the series should definitely take a breather.

But the series is nowhere near that, and since it is not, Ubisoft should continue to release thrilling games each year that people from all over the world can continue to adore and love.

Publish on Ubisoft, publish on.