Ubisoft has revealed that it already has ideas in place on how to wrap up the Assassin’s Creed series.
While nothing has been set in stone, Ashraf Ismail, game director on Assassin’s Creed IV, revealed that there is an end in mind; though for now the series remains an annual release.
"We have multiple development teams, then we have the brand team that sits on top and is filled with writers and designers concerned with the series' overall arc," Ismail explained to Eurogamer. "So there is an overall arc, and each iteration has its place inside this.
"We have an idea of where the end is, what the end is. But of course Yves [Guillemot, Ubisoft's overall boss] announced we are a yearly title, we ship one game a year. So depending on the setting, depending on what fans want, we've given ourselves room to fit more in this arc. But there is an end."
Elsewhere, Ismail revealed that despite multiple teams working on the series – with each major title getting two years in development – there’s still a fair amount of content left on the cutting room floor.
For one, Assassin’s Creed III was originally meant to have real-time ship boarding, though this had to be reduced into a cut-scene in the final version. And, while this was made a reality in ACIV, the prospect of naval battles in multiplayer proved a little too ambitious for the forthcoming pirate-themed adventure game.
"The biggest cut we made - which we were pushing hard for but we felt we couldn't achieve at a high enough quality - was multiplayer with naval [battles]," Ismail continued.
"We had really cool prototypes but to get it to work and to balance the systems - the balance of naval is tricky - to do that in multiplayer... we just couldn't do it in this iteration."
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is due out later this year on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U.
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