Assassin’s Creed games were usually standalone (and often lonely) things, but Ubisoft is willing to change all that. Bloomberg sources claim that Ubisoft is evolving Assassin’s Creed Infinity, a project that turns a replacement history series into an online service like Grand Theft Auto Online. Instead of mostly playing alone in one historical period, you would routinely join other players in “multiple settings” that would grow and evolve over time. You would have a reason to keep playing (still paying) for a long time where AC is currently relies heavily on DLC and frequent sequels to stay fresh.
Although individual games would be tied Infinity with their appearance and feeling, everyone would be connected, sources said.
Ubisoft confirmed to Infinity there is, but would not explain the game in detail. It is intended to satisfy fans who want a “more cohesive approach” to the gaming universe, the company said.
A turnaround in the company could jeopardize the project. Ubisoft recently merged the Montreal and Quebec City teams to help Assassin’s Creed thrive on shared talent. While this could strengthen the quality of each release, Quebec will run the franchise – a problem when that studio and Montreal sometimes had a bitter rivalry.
More importantly, there are concerns that Ubisoft has not fully addressed the allegations of violations of the law that led to the company firing his chief creative officer and designated study leaders. A spokeswoman said Ubisoft had investigated all the allegations and taken appropriate action, but BloombergContacts said managers accused of abuse remain in senior roles and that employees report racism and sexism that have not been addressed.
This, in turn, could limit Ubisoft’s resources for Infinity. Although the problem is poaching from studios near Ubisoft Montreal, allegations of misconduct have also led to more staff jumping from that location. Simply put, Ubisoft may need to redouble its efforts to combat toxic behavior if it will retain the talent needed for its best work.
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