Assassin's Creed: Victory... or defeat?
It's nearly that time of year again. Next month the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will kick off once again for the developers and publishers from the gaming community to come forward and announced their latest products.
Before E3, in a few days in fact, Ubisoft will unveil the latest entry to their Assassin's Creed money bag, which has been believed to be called Victory and set in Victorian England. I am a big fan of the Assassin's Creed, franchise, and I have played nearly every title as addictively as I have any Elder Scrolls game, and I'm cautious with this release.
When Unity was announced and rushed to release, it completely bombed. It was a buggy, horrible mess, and the game as a whole, even down to writing, ultimately disappointed me. In a way, it was expected that the game would be unpolished on the next-gen console, because there are always going to be hiccups on new, untested hardware, but it was absolutely apalling that the game was released in so unplayable of a state -- in fact, I never completed Assassin's Creed: Unity.
I am hoping that Victory will be a bit more polished out in terms of gameplay, because in theory I loved a lot of features in Unity. And, Ubisoft needs to do their best to polish out the game, because while I found something to enjoy in each AC game I've played, I am of the opinion that despite the advancements in gameplay, the story has been suffering as they tried to milk out the series with all these yearly releases, and I know other fans are feeling roughly the same.
The series is Ubisoft's big money maker, and they know it, so they work so hard (or not hard at all, depending on how you want to look at it) to bang out titles year in and year out, and it's amazing any of them remain interesting. The fans will be expecting an amazing game to make up for the wreck that became Assassin's Creed: Unity, so the question on my lips is "Can Ubisoft deliver a good title, or will this one flop?" For their sake, it has to be the latter, because this game will be under intense scrutiny from the fans. So much "innovation" at a loss to quality will only further damage the series's reputation, and I know for a fact that if I buy Victory and it bombs, I'm going to pull out of the Assassin's Creed series altogether.
I wish Ubisoft would do quality over quantity. I'd rather wait 2-3 years between Assassin's Creed titles and have really damn good games, instead of have a new one announced just as I got bored with the older one and end up disappointed.
Also, in other news, as it was announced some time ago, Bethesda Softworks, the owner of the Elder Scrolls and Fallout IPs, is having their own conference at E3, and it's rumoured, although NOT CONFIRMED that Fallout 4 will be announced at the conference, and I can't wait!
Comment from: minor edits [Member]
I played all the Ezio games and AC3, but they just. Kept. Coming! I never had the time. I still have Unity and Black Flag, haven’t gotten a chance to play either of them. And now there’s more on the way? Ugh.
All signs point to Fallout 4, as much as I hate to say it. I mean, I loved F3 and New Vegas, but I’d rather have TES6 in the end.
05/07/15 @ 15:10
Comment from: hargrimm [Member]
I’m in a pretty similar boat to you, Damon. I loved AC and steamed through every entry in the series up until the trainwreck that was Unity. Most people thought III was pretty poor, although I still enjoyed it, but Unity’s bugginess and moneygrubbing was a bridge too far even for me. Victorian England isn’t the most exciting setting but I think it will be serviceable enough if they learned all the right lessons from Unity’s failures.
Have you looked at the new mini-series Assassin’s Creed Chronicles at all? They’re 2.5D smaller games, inspired by Mark of the Ninja, that seem fairly interesting, albeit a lot less ambitious than the mainline games. China came out last month, with India and Russia upcoming. I’m a lot more interested in all three of those settings for an AC game than old England!
05/07/15 @ 15:23
Comment from: snowmane [Member]
@Hargrimm, I LOVE England, and Victorian England, if they don’t do a crappy action-romance film style script and buggy gameplay like Unity, will be a blast for me personally. For the latter, I’ve heard the names, but I’ve never actually looked at them. Perhaps I will in the future, though.
05/07/15 @ 15:27