It seems that Assassin’s Creed Origins not only broke the annual release schedule of the game franchise once, but perhaps permanently. Since the release of Assassin Creed 2 until Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate we have seen an Assassin’s Creed game every year, sometimes we got multiple in a year(such as AC:Unity and AC:Rogue). The occasional handheld system would even receive a title the same year consoles would receive the newest edition of the main series.
But it seems Assassin Creed: Origin’s two year gap was not an anomaly: it may be the new norm, and I’d like to explain why that may not be such a bad idea.
Ubisoft, announced on Feb. 13th, said that it will not be focusing it’s attention on a new installment of the franchise, instead it will continue to put resources into map expansions and DLC for the recently released and critically acclaimed Assassin Creed: Origins.
This edition of Assassin Creed sees the player go back in time for the first time in franchise history. The player is taken all the way back to the end of the Ptolemy Kingdom, as you witness the rise of Queen Cleopatra. The concept is quite refreshing since previous titles were creeping nearer and nearer to modern day. This gives Ubisoft a chance to “reset” the Assassin’s Creed universe and show the player the true origins of how the Assassins came to be and allows them to build the story from there.
The first DLC for the game, The Hidden Ones, has already been released, and it picks up right after the ending of the main storyline. The next expansion is set to be released on March 6th, 2018 and it is titled The Curse of the Pharaohs. Ubisoft has not said how many total DLC it will release for Origins, but if I had to guess, we will be seeing new content until the end of 2018.
If the next game in the series is as good as Origins, fans will rejoice in the decision to wait an extra year before the release of the newest title.