Ubisoft must be feeling pretty chuffed right about now because their latest triple A game, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, became the publisher’s best selling franchise ever shifting over 1’m units in less than a week. And that’s just in Europe too. So far, the franchise is boasting around 20m in sales and won’t be slowing down anytime soon with yet another game set for 2011. EMEA chief of marketing and sales at Ubisoft, Geoffroy Sardin, spoke to MCV regarding Ubisoft ceo, Yves Guillemot’s cryptic comments of something around Assassin’s Creed will be coming next year saying, “Yes, Yves mentioned it last week in our financials – and more details will be forthcoming. But what I can say is that next year we will have another big Assassin’s Creed game.”
Assassin’s Creed III then? Perhaps though personally I think they’re in danger of subjecting gamers to a case of series fatigue by making Assassin’s Creed a yearly franchise. Some series do seem to be immune at the moment like Call of Duty but even Black Ops releasing a week before Brotherhood didn’t negatively effect its sales. So is Ubisoft’s sneak-em-up ready for a yearly release schedule? Many reviews critiqued the slightly convoluted story and repetitive combat and mission structure – which is becoming synonymous of the franchise – yet the game still was rewarded with an average of 9/10. Clearly reviewers and gamers are happy with the status quo but for how long, especially if we see it ever year? Lets not get too bogged down in that however and enjoy Brotherhood for all its joyful moments, which I’m told are quite a few.