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Here's hoping that Assassin's Creed Odyssey has some serious staying power because, according to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, there won't be a regular series entry in 2019. Given the tail on Assassin's Creed Origins, though, that might not be such a bad thing. According to Guillemot...
On Assassin's, we had a game [in 2017] and we have one this year, but we are not going to have a full-fledged Assassin's next year. It's just because the team were working separately, so we have two games now, one year after the other. But next year you're not going to have a fully-fledged one.
Guillemot was speaking about the future of the Assassin's Creed series at GamesCom this week, which the folks over at Gamespot scooped up. According to Guillemot, this decision was based on a new direction established for the series a couple of years back and is intended to benefit Assassin's Creed in several ways.
Assassin's Creed Origins was actually planned to begin a multi-year cycle for new Assassin's Creed games. The series was pretty much annualized up to that point, with new games launching each fall. As Guillemot pointed out in further comments at GamesCom, the idea was to give some extra breathing room between the games, allowing the developer to swing for the fences more often. If you need a game out every year, in other words, you aren't going to take much time to overhaul systems or try and implement too many fresh ideas.
However, since they had two teams running at the same time, we are now getting Assassin's Creed Odyssey a single year after Origins. Moving forward, though, Ubisoft does not plan on having a mainline game out quite so regularly.
Based on Guillemot's wording, he was further pressed as to whether or not series fans should expect some sort of a smaller spin-off title in 2019. After all, he only said that there will not be a "fully-fledged" game next year. However, he confirmed that would not be the case. So, as bluntly as I can put it, don't expect any sort of Assassin's Creed game next year.
Instead, Guillemot said fans should expect two years' worth of gaming out of Odyssey. Going the games as service route, and mirroring Origins, it looks like Odyssey will receive extended support such as new story content, missions, end game activities, regularly occurring events and the like. We doubt it will be as constant as a game like Destiny or The Division, but Guillemot said players should expect content to roll out and bring them back into the game for a couple of years, presumably until the next mainline game launches in 2020 or later.
If that sounds like a good plan, then you can look for Assassin's Creed Odyssey to hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Oct. 5.