The Ezio trilogy brought three consecutive installments that helped established the Assassin's Creed franchise as one of the most popular, innovation series around. Surprisingly though, there was not a spinoff installment for Connor and Assassin's Creed III.
In an exclusive interview with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag game director Ashraf Ismail, we asked him why there was no spinoff installment for Assassin's Creed III and if Connor's likeability had anything to do with why there wasn't another iteration for him.
"Not so much. We have this brand team at Ubisoft. It’s the Assassin’s Creed brand team. They are outside of the development team. So this team that is outside of the developers and overlooks this brand, we did the trilogy of Ezio and for the next set of games, we didn’t want to do the sort of trilogy of Connor.
"We like the idea of when we announce a new game, people get excited about the new setting and time period, but they also get excited about the character. In our case, what we decided is we have this Kenway family and so we told the story of Connor and a little bit of Haytham and then they have this grandfather named Edward.
"So the point was always to tell Edward’s story as well. We really didn’t want to do a trilogy with Connor. We also pay attention to fan feedback. If fans were going ballistic and saying ‘we need more Connor, we need more Connor,’ I’m sure someone in business would’ve said, ‘push another Connor game, eventually.'
"Honestly with Connor, I think he was a bit more polarizing than Ezio, there were some people that loved him and then there were some people where he didn’t connect with them at all. For business reasons, our job is to make characters that are more intriguing and interesting and if you don’t like them because of who that person is in the world, then that’s okay, there’s nothing wrong with that.
"If we made a really boring character that is not interesting, then that’s bad for us. But the goal has always been to tell the story of the Kenway family saga with these sets of games. We of course, always listen to what people have to tell us though," Ismail said.
Connor was a hero who was not universally accepted. Some Assassin's Creed fans adored him, while others were not won-over. From what we know of Edward, he seems to be a character that people may be able to gravitate towards more.
This second installment certainly is showing Ubisoft's commitment to going with a Kenway family saga. What people may now be wondering is whether or not we will see a full installment about Haytham Kenway's origins. Is there another Kenway we will be introduced to in Assassin's Creed IV? Ubisoft did three installments for Ezio's story, so could we be seeing another trilogy style story for the Kenway family?