Ubisoft wants to create an endless stream of Assassin’s Creed content, as if the series wasn’t already a rich source of entertainment.
According to Bloomberg, the live-service game codenamed “Assassin’s Creed infinity” will be evolving and expanding over time. Infinity will not be a single look at a historical period. Instead, it will offer a series of different settings with the possibility to develop and expand each one after launch. Bloomberg reports that Ubisoft was inspired by Fortnite’s longevity and Grand Theft Auto 5’s success, which continues to make Epic Games (and Rockstar) ridiculously rich.
Ubisoft Quebec and Ubisoft Montreal usually work together to create each version of Assassin’s Creed. Infinity will be a joint effort by the two divisions, with Marc-Alexis Cote in Quebec leading overall. Each studio will have its own creative director. Ubisoft Quebec’s Jonathan Dumont and Ubisoft Montreal’s Clint Hocking will be heading that role. Bloomberg speculates that there may be some friction between the studios’ sometimes bitter rivalry.
Ubisoft published a blog post following the report that confirmed the game was in development and provided some context. Bloomberg’s report about the game being in its early stages of development was repeated by Ubisoft, who also discussed the decision to combine Montreal and Quebec’s efforts.
“Rather than passing the baton from one game to another, we believe that this is an opportunity to allow Ubisoft’s most loved franchises to grow in a more integrated, collaborative manner that’s less focused on studios and more on talent and leadership, regardless of where they are located within Ubisoft.”
Ubisoft’s post fails to mention that many of those accused of harassing last year are still in control of the reorganisation. Jason Schreier tweeted that “Several men accused in abuse still hold the lead roles following this reorg,” “A Ubisoft spokesperson stated that they had their cases thoroughly reviewed by a third party, and were either exonerated of disciplinary action or were exonerated.”
Ubisoft insists that everything is fine now, but nobody is convinced. Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO, stated earlier this year that Ubisoft had developed a “clearer and more comprehensive” code of conduct for reporting harassment and abuse. Ubisoft is still in hot water, with employees saying that nothing has changed over the past year, and Schreier making new claims.