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Assassin's Creed and Far Cry Could Skip 2017 For "More Polish"

Ubisoft executive points to a publisher trying to move away from hitting annual deadlines.

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We already knew that Assassin's Creed was skipping 2016 in order to give the team more time to make a better game. Now one Ubisoft executive is saying that AC could potentially miss 2017 as well, with the Far Cry series landing in the same boat. Ubisoft wants to make sure each game is up to snuff, instead of trying to hit an annual deadline.

I'll just keep waiting.

"This year we've given Far Cry and Assassin's some time to decant, innovate, and polish. We believe Alpha for these games needs to be one year before release," Ubisoft VP of Editorial Tommy Fran├žois told IGN. "We're trying to achieve that. That's super f****** blunt, I don't even know if I'm allowed to say this. This is the goal we're going for: Alpha one year before, more quality, more polish. So if this means biting the [bullet] and not having an Assassin's game, or a Far Cry [in 2017], f*** it."

"Alpha is just saying getting stuff done, but leaving time for polish and innovation. I mean it from that perspective," he added. "We still need to have an Alpha, and we need it available as early as we possibly can, because the more time we have for this the more polish we have, the more time we can change, refine, swap systems. You just can't take shortcuts."

Fran├žois said that sales declines aren't the reasons behind Assassin's Creed and Far Cry getting a hard look for their next iterations.

"People are allowed to perceive it like that, that it's a break in the brand and that we're doing it for that," he explained. "I have no quarrels. I just want people to fall in love when people try the next iteration of one of these two brands."

Watch Dogs took the Assassin's Creed marquee slot this year and Ghost Recon Wildlands is in the first quarter slot that Far Cry Primal occupied in 2016. By switching franchises and adding new games into the queue, Ubisoft could retain a relatively stable release schedule, while still avoiding annual releases.

Doesn't mean I don't miss Assassin's Creed.

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  • Avatar for jeremypeterson25 #1 jeremypeterson25 A year ago
    I have yet to play AC: Syndicate due to SO MANY GAMES, and am shortly diving into Rise of the Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy XV, so, another delay is fine with me. Wow, an AC game without game-breaking bugs at launch would be fantastic.
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  • Avatar for benjaminlu86 #2 benjaminlu86 A year ago
    Well that's refreshingly honest. Hope they can deliver on it.
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  • Avatar for AstroDemon #3 AstroDemon A year ago
    Take your time, Ubisoft, and make the games great. I love both of those franchises, so I'm hoping for some great stuff in the coming years.
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  • Avatar for sketchlayerjosh #4 sketchlayerjosh A year ago
    Just because The Witcher was a big hit doesn't mean every game needs to be "more Polish." It's not about the nationality of the games, it's about the quality and...

    Oh, more POLISH! Forget I said anything.
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  • Avatar for docexe #5 docexe A year ago
    Honestly: Good for them. Indeed, I think the AAA sector would be in better health if it moved away from annual releases on the whole.
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  • Avatar for swamped #6 swamped A year ago
    I think I'm done been burned by Assassin's Creed. Syndicate was such a glitch fest that I found it completely unenjoyable in spite of the significant improvements to gameplay (ZIPLINES). And then they never really fixed any of the issues with the game, just promised to take more time on the next one. That honestly soured me on future entries.
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