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#1 compl3x


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:05

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With the Assassin's Creed series getting new instalments annually, there are, perhaps, those who will grow tired of franchise -- if they haven't already. Since Assassin's Creed II, there's been a new title in the main series every year, the last one being Assassin's Creed III. Then there are all the spin-offs, comics, novels, shorts, and animated movies which, frankly, seem a tad unnecessary. That's just a lot of saturation.

Ubisoft Montreal's head honcho, Yannis Mallat, recently told Eurogamer at GDC that they have no intention of taking a breather, as he believes that fans are eager for more. "The players will tell us. Right now there are more and more coming into the franchise, so I don't see that day ... It's our breakthrough. When you have quality content, the frequency of coming out with the game is not an issue at all."

With Assassin's Creed III being the most successful game in the series, inexplicably, to me, the numbers appear to be on Mallat's side. There are several teams working on Assassin's Creedtitles, so at least the same teams aren't having to split their time between, say, Black Flag, and the yet unrevealed title being planned for next year.

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#2 Nick H.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:11

Hmm, a tricky one. On the one hand, I still enjoy the series (that said I still haven't played the latest one). On the other, I've been playing for the story. The fact that he is admitting that there is no definitive ending (or at least, there is no plan to complete the story in a reasonable time) upsets me.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:13

Yeah I agree... The series has been great so far, but it COULD get too saturated, fast... Will have to see how AC4 plays out first.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:14

In other words, by the time the story begins to get resolved, no one will be interested any more.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:14

I like the AC series. AC II is one of my favourite games.

If Treyarch and Dice can keep churning out shooters annually, I don't see the issue with Ubisoft churning out AC titles. Don't like 'em, don't play 'em.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:19

I'm sad that Piranha won't be able to bring out Risen 3, before this shyte hits the shelves. Dark Waters was the first decent pirate RPG I've even played. Totally POTC-inspired (therefore, awesome), flawed to hilariosity at times, but, obviously, that goes with not having a budget that could feed half of Nairobi for a year, savvy?

Rarely anyone knows of it, I wager. And so the Black Flag will be the return of the pirates' theme for most. And then everybody will want pirates and copy pirates - the new cool for at least a year, because their PR budget constitutes half of that of the whole game.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:36

I personally don't think there will ever be an ending to it.

I think it's one of those series they will continue to make until they get bored, and then pull it. Which is a massive shame IMO.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 22:02

Well if you finished AC3 then you could say the first part of the story is now done and we'll be starting the second part with AC4. So far I don't worry about it becoming stale because they keep adding to it and you can do more and more with each update. Look at 4 it seems you can do even more when it comes to the naval combat parts and now you can finally dive underwater and swim around more, thank god. I still remember in AC1 that you'd die if you fell in the water, just shows how far they've taken the game.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 22:04

keep it coming I say. as long as they make it fresh and keep invigorating the gameplay and storyline, there is no end to the wonders that I would love to buy and play.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 22:11

I'd love to see a next generation version that let's you go into more buildings. I'd also like them to move it up in time more. We're still in the 18th century in 4. I'd like them to make it up to WW1 and 2 etc.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 22:22

I like AC2 but after that it is becoming a Call of Duty. It seems every year same game with boring stories...It's a chore to keep up with the AC games now. I stopped which it don't matter now if AC continues to go on. Let others lose there money on small game changes..

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 00:27

There ws an AC3? Was that the one I couldn't be arsed to finish and deleted? ;)

I wish them well, but I'm probably not buying any more.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 00:29

I'm tired of it already.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 00:55

They need to make fun missions and get rid of the combat indicators. I don't want to play a godlike assassin in combat. Make the fighting hard for me so I have to run if a lot of people show up as a punishment for not being a good assassin. In the Revelations demo it shows that ship scene and it was great but when you played the game it was the same stuff, maybe even less in some of the missions. The only parts that were fun was the cave scene (running while the guys in the boat were tossing up explosives at you), the ship scene, and the tow parachute at the end.

I will give AC 3 a try during the Steam summer sale.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:35

Of course it'll keep going. Today's gaming industry is all about milking the same IP's all the time and ignoring any potential new ones.