The Assassin's Creed franchise has had it's fair share of ups and downs. If you've read our review of Black Flag, you know that we're of the opinion that it's back on track after the mixed showing that was the previous installment. After releasing Liberation on Sony's PlayStation Vita, the team took time to read over fan feedback and decided that it was worth porting the title to consoles (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC). With time to sit down and chat with Ubisoft Sofia producer Momchil Valentinov Gindyanov, we asked him if there was any concern as to how the title would fair so shortly after Black Flag.
"I don’t believe AC Liberation and AC IV are in competition as both games provide different experiences and I’m sure our fans enjoy both, Gindyanov says. Assuming players don't have any incongruity regarding the two titles, we asked him why those who have already played the Vita title would once again decide to dive back in. "Liberation HD offers improvements and polish all across the board."
He continues, "Of course, a better visual quality is a must bringing the game to the home consoles but we also spent a lot of time improving each mission in terms of variety, fun and challenge. That way even the players who have the Vita version will enjoy an improved and different experience. We have exclusive missions as well, five mission per Persona (Assassin, Lady, Servant) for around 2 hours more of fun.
"Our main goal was improving and fine tuning the main experience AC Liberation offers. The length of the main path was extensive enough already and the new side missions were added on top in order to underline the different features and strengths of Aveline’s disguises."
When pressed for the specific number of missions that players would experience Gindyanov unveils, "[W]e created 15 new side missions focused on the different personas of Aveline."
"It is hard to pinpoint the biggest change since we've worked on every aspect of the game – all missions have been reviewed and refined, all cinematics and facial animation vastly improved, all game objects remodeled."
But why even remake Liberation? "Simply put, we loved Aveline’s character, the New Orleans setting, and the innovative Assassin mechanics that the Vita version introduced," Gindyanov discloses, "and it was a no brainer to bring this story to an even bigger audience (at an even better price!)"
On January 15, 2014 Liberation HD releases and for the first time ever, two Assassin's Creed titles will release in the same year on the same consoles (assuming Ubisoft keeps to their norm). We asked the producer whether or not the series could potentially become a multiple installment per year franchise.
"Definitely this is a possibility," Gindyanov admits.