As if the Assassin’s Creed games weren’t already a never-ending source of entertainment, Ubisoft now wants to make a never-ending entry in the series.
According to a new Bloomberg report, Assassin’s Creed Infinity will be a live-service game that will evolve and expand over time. Instead of being a single isolated look into a historical period, Infinity intends to stitch together various settings with room to expand and develop each one post-launch. According to Bloomberg, Ubisoft was inspired by the longevity of games such as Fortnite and Grand Theft Auto 5, which continue to make Epic Games and Rockstar ridiculous amounts of money.
While Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Quebec usually take turns developing each Assassin’s Creed iteration, Infinity will be a collaborative effort between the two divisions, with Quebec’s Marc-Alexis Côté in charge overall. Each studio will retain its own creative director, with Jonathan Dumont leading Ubisoft Quebec and Clint Hocking leading Ubisoft Montreal. Bloomberg speculates that the sometimes bitter rivalry between the two studios may cause some future stumbling blocks.
“Rather than passing the baton from game to game, we fervently believe this is an opportunity for one of Ubisoft’s most beloved franchises to evolve in a more integrated and collaborative manner that’s less centered on studios and more focused on talent and leadership, regardless of where they are within Ubisoft.”
Assassin’s Creed Infinity – Official Announcement
Ubisoft fails to mention in its post that the reorganization continues to put many of the people accused of harassment last year in charge. “Several men accused of abuse remain in leadership roles following this reorganization, which prompted complaints on internal forums,” reporter Jason Schreier tweeted. “According to a Ubisoft spokesperson, they “had their case rigorously reviewed by a third party and were either exonerated or underwent appropriate disciplinary actions.”
Despite Ubisoft’s repeated assurances that everything is fine now, no one is truly convinced. Earlier this year, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated that the company had developed a “clearer, more comprehensive, and more actionable” code of conduct to assist in reporting harassment and abuse. However, with employees still claiming that nothing has changed in the last year and Schreier’s latest claims, Ubisoft isn’t out of the woods just yet.