Assassin's Creed is becoming the new Call of Duty

by Ben Salter Featured 22 Comments 29 Votes 4047 Views 07/03/2013 Back to Articles

I actually enjoyed Assassin’s Creed III, but the announcement of a fourth game just 12 months later has me worried. Very worried. Assassin’s Creed is repeating Call of Duty’s juggernaut cash-grab and is facing a similar premature burn-out, possibly as soon as 2013.

I’ve only played three Assassin’s Creed games. The original, its sequel and Assassin’s Creed III. Revolutionary-brotherhood-hunters or whatever came between never interested me, and I think that’s why I’ve so far enjoyed all three games. So far, Assassin’s Creed hasn’t been an annual series to me.

However, sales have been high and Ubisoft is keen to wrangle as many pennies out of what may be a dying franchise before giving it a much needed rest.

Assassin’s Creed would have beamed with a refreshed glow if it had skipped a year and amazed us with its Pirates of the Caribbean setting on next-generation hardware.

I’m not suggesting a full-blown hiatus. Assassin’s Creed would have beamed with a refreshed glow if it had skipped a year and amazed us with its Pirates of the Caribbean setting on next-generation hardware.

As it stands, it’s being made for the current consoles with some predictably half-backed Wii U GamePad support and ported to the next generation. It’ll become like Gun and, errr, all of those other Xbox 360 launch titles that were actually from the previous generation and soon forgotten.

With its seventh consecutive release, another new protagonist and watered-down next-gen appearance, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag feels about as fresh as a man walking off a fifteen hour flight sitting next to a screaming baby (side bar: I’m in that very predicament as I write this with ten-and-a-half hours to go).

I’m not totally soured on the idea. The we-accidentally-published-it-so-screw-it-here-it-is-early trailer at the weekend actually looked quite good. Even if I was expected Captain Jack Sparrow to awkwardly swing in looking for his hat. Besides a hooded man, it had a distinct lack of assassins and a far greater emphasis on pirating.

I like that.

However, I probably would have liked it a lot more in 2014 made for PlayStation 4 and the third Xbox.

It feels -- and this really is conjecture here -- that Ubisoft is relying on the Assassin’s Creed because it knows its a sure-fire way to sell 10 million copies every year, and it wants a piece of the Call of Duty annual pie.

I’m happy that Assassin’s Creed at least appears to be evolving, but I’m sceptical that it might it nothing more than another coat of paint. The previous three (real) games have benefited from minor improvements in each iteration, but none of them have reinvented the wheel when it comes to gameplay. It’s basically exactly the same thing with a sea change.

That can only take a series so far, and is why I lost interest in Call of Duty after Modern Warfare 2. I played Modern Warfare 3 for a few weeks and Black Ops 2 for about 10 minutes -- but only because I didn’t buy it.

I don’t think I’ll bother with this year’s iteration because Activision was so intent on whoring out COD while it’s making money. From a business perspective, that’s the right decision. As a gamer, it’s died long before it’s time. Call of Duty will never have the quarter of a century longevity that Nintendo can claim with Mario and The Legend of Zelda.

I fear that Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is following the same path to demise. It’s a great business decision -- I’d have made the same call if I worked at Ubisoft -- but as a gamer, and one who’s enjoyed Assassin’s Creed until this point, it’s hard to get excited and easy to get worried.

Meanwhile, I apologise for any Blag typos. I keep typing that but genuinely don’t mean to or even notice half that time. It has a little bit of a Blops ring to it, so maybe it’ll catch on; assuming the Internet hasn’t already decided that Black Fag is just too good to pass up.

By Ben Salter

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Tano
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In the words of Cliffy B, "you vote with your dollars."

As long as we keep buying, they'll keep making. I think AC has considerably more depth and innovation that the COD series, though, which is sort of renowned for being very straight down the line. AC throws a spanner in the works with its freedom to evolve story and characters.

That said, I've never been massive on the series.
hmm assassins creed is still bringing new things to the table and its still a very enjoyable experience.
The only thing i hope gets back to normal is the voice acting and dialog getting some good emotion and lines into the characters.
punk
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ARRRSASSIN's CBF
I'd want to enjoy the AC series but I hate the controls, they make me angry. So I gave up after 2. I, like Ben, would only be interested if this was going to be next gen only... but for different reasons, I think the controls could be better.
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punk said: ARRRSASSIN's CBF



lol [Facepalm]
the way i see it, AC 3 was more like a prototype for AC 4 Black Flag to see if they can pull off Naval Battles and jungle settings well, which they did, to perfect them in AC 4. which is why they were the strongest points in AC 3 and not the free running in Boston and side missions.
In short, yes it is as im starting to get sick to death of it now, if they kept to every 2 years and made the training an option instead of a must do ingame, it would have been far better in my eyes :@
Imagine a COD style Assassins Creed multiplayer. That'd be mental.

whaling said: Imagine a COD style Assassins Creed multiplayer. That'd be mental.



First person?

Stealth multiplayer would be awesome, so risky though. How do you keep it balanced?

Beta said:

whaling said: Imagine a COD style Assassins Creed multiplayer. That'd be mental.


First person?
Stealth multiplayer would be awesome, so risky though. How do you keep it balanced?



I'm picturing something like Dishonored type set-up. With the free running of Mirrors Edge.

Chuck in a few campers and bullets firing everywhere and you have yourself a CoD style Assassin's Creed.

Beta said:

whaling said: Imagine a COD style Assassins Creed multiplayer. That'd be mental.


First person?
Stealth multiplayer would be awesome, so risky though. How do you keep it balanced?


I dunno, you'd probably have to have some clever not-FFA gamemodes, though they already did that, didn't they?
I've only played ACIII and enjoyed it. When I heard of the new one that was announced so soon then I thought to myself that I this would probably be the last AC I buy in a long time.
what do you mean becoming? its been a yearly series ever since 2
Ac3 as much as i tried to love it, all i kept doing was training after training it got so boring and now they announce AC4. God give it a break the last 2 have been boring.
Lost interest after Brotherhood( last decent AC game imo) ...Revelations was pretty bad though so was AC3...
Everyone could just buy it 2 years later then it wouldn't be an annual release :P

I loved the first 'real' games, AC2 was the one that got me hooked, loved it. The story was something fresh and awesome to me, had big twists and I was actually interested in playing for the story.

I prefer the original controls though, when compared to AC3. Have barely started it due to hating the controls.
Even more AC is on the way. Assassin's Creed Rising Phoenix, Vita spin off maybe? mynintendonews.com/...

Beta said: In the words of Cliffy B, "you vote with your dollars."
As long as we keep buying, they'll keep making. I think AC has considerably more depth and innovation that the COD series, though, which is sort of renowned for being very straight down the line. AC throws a spanner in the works with its freedom to evolve story and characters.
That said, I've never been massive on the series.



I have to agree here.

The games certainly have more depth but as Beta just said I've never been a massive fan either.

Saying both these things I will point out I'm up to date with my COD games :D Loooool.
I'm just sick of hearing about Assassin's Creed now :P They keep churning them out one after the other, just like COD.
Not quite there yet, but close
I would much rather have a new IP centred around pirating. So much potential.....

Trying to make an AC game with that genre seems like such a waste.
am just from playing the game i cant say its like call of duty, thou i love the plot and the game stages make up, they really did there best this time and the action is alive

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