Despite having committed to releasing a new Assassin’s Creed title every year, Black Flag‘s game director Ashraf Ismail revealed that the company does have a planned ending in mind for the series.
In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Ismail explained the franchise’s bosses had a rough idea on how they planned on ending the series. “We have an idea of where the end is, what the end is. But of course Yves [Guillemot, Ubisoft’s overall boss] announced we are a yearly title, we ship one game a year,” adding. “So depending on the setting, depending on what fans want, we’ve given ourselves room to fit more in this arc. But there is an end.”
The collection of Ubisoft’s studios are given a minimum of two years to work on the next major title in the Assassin’s Creed franchise.
“We have multiple development teams, then we have the brand team that sits on top and is filled with writers and designers concerned with the series’ overall arc,” Ismail explained. “So there is an overall arc, and each iteration has its place inside this.”
Having multiple games with different teams working on them at the same time has its advantages; the teams are able to share notes with one another and include hints at future/other entries in the series.
“We’re now able to seed stuff earlier and earlier in our games. So for example in [AC4] we have Edward, who was seeded in AC3. But there’s a lot more stuff in our game that is hinting at other possibilities.”
Other than that it is being developed by Ubisoft Toronto, headed by one of the series co-creators Jade Raymond, details about 2014’s Assassin’s Creed entry are limited.
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