2019 will be a year without an Assassin’s Creed game, Ubisoft’s CEO has revealed.
Speaking to GameSpot at GamesCom, CEO Yves Guillemot explained that Ubisoft will hold off on releasing a game next year, and instead will focus on giving players additional content in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (and likely developing whatever next game is coming in 2020 or beyond).
“On Assassin’s, we had [Assassin’s Creed Origins last year] and we have [Assassin’s Creed Odyssey] this year, but we are not going to have a full-fledged Assassin’s next year,” Guillemot said. “It’s just because the team were working separately, so we have two games now, one year after the other. But next year you’re not going to have a fully fledged one.”
In other words, both Origins and Odyssey took more than a year to develop. Ubisoft just worked on them simultaneously, meaning that they could release in back-to-back years. The next game, however, will be in development for longer in order to give the team more time to “really bring what they wanted” to the future game.
That doesn’t mean that fans won’t have anything to look forward to, though. Guillemot confirmed that there won’t be any kind of new game or spin-off, either. That sets 2019 apart from the last time the series took a break, since that year, 2016, still saw the release of two spin-off games, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia, as well as a motion picture adaptation of the series.
In place of any new games, Odyssey will continue to get more content updates throughout the year. “We’ll you’ll have is lots of content coming on [Assassin’s Creed Odyssey],” Guillemot said. “The team really want[s] to give, on a regular basis, some new possibilities for play, so when you get [Odyssey] this year, you’re going to get in for a couple of years, actually.”
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches on October 5th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.