A recent Ubisoft survey indicates the company is exploring fan interest in future pirate-themed games that are independent of the Assassins’ Creed franchise, IGN reports.
According to IGN, the survey also asks what players think would be most important in a non-Assassin’s Creed pirates game, such as ship customization, hideout customization, a “deeper” in-game economy, and gauges interest in cooperative and multiplayer naval combat.
The survey also asks what players would like to see in future Assassin’s Creed games: a new present-day protagonist (to replace former star Desmond Miles), what they’d like to see improved gameplay-wise, and what historical settings most interest them.
Given the popularity of Assassin’s Creed III’s naval combat, and the open-sea elements of Assassin’s Creed IV, it makes sense for Ubisoft to want to continue iterating upon those elements, but outside of the AC brand. Continued use or reliance of naval combat would severely restrict the historical periods and places the company could tap for future releases (of which there will be one of every year for the foreseeable future, so).