Ubisoft believes the upcoming Watch Dogs 2 can “fill the gap” left by the absence of an Assassin’s Creed title this year.
Speaking with MCV, sales director Darren Bowen discussed the publisher’s confidence in Watch Dogs 2 maintaining the fanbase.
“Assassin’s Creed has been a fantastic seller for Ubisoft and really important to the market every year,” Bowen said. “But make no mistake, Watch Dogs 2 will certainly fill the gap this year.”
Bowen continued with mentions of other Ubisoft titles that should keep fans happy in coming months, such as Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection for those needing to scratch that assassin itch.
“We are very fortunate to have such a strong and varied lineup so we don’t have to rely just one franchise. Following Watch Dogs 2, we also have Steep launching at the start of December,” Bowen added.
“If that wasn’t enough, we also have The Ezio Collection, so for those consumers who need a taste of Assassin’s Creed every year?and we know there are a huge number of people?they will still be able to purchase a great triple pack which covers the most loved period of Assassin’s Creed.”
While 2016 has been the year off for the mainline Assassin’s Creed series, there is still no confirmation that the next title will make a 2017 launch. Whenever the new installment does show up, recent leaks suggest the new setting will be ancient Egypt.
As for Watch Dogs 2, the open-world action game launches for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 15th, with a PC version dropping two weeks later on the 29th. The publisher seems to have more confidence in the game’s launch than the fans, however, as pre-order numbers are reportedly lower than expected.
Source: MCV UK