With the franchise set to jump to the big screen soon, Ubisoft is gearing up for the next video game installment of Assassin’s Creed — and the next sequel looks to be a major paradigm shift.
Ubisoft chief creative officer Serge Hascoet told Le Monde they want to shake up the creative approach to what actually makes a video game, and the next Assassin’s Creed will be a prime example of the shift. Put simply, Hascoet wants to make a game where the player has the freedom to set their own course, instead of following a scripted story on rails.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments, via Polygon:
"The game is becoming less important. What interests me is to make worlds that are interesting to me, even as a tourist … I don’t want the player to go through a story created by someone. We have games like that still, but I ask more and more that we let the player write their own story — that they set themselves a long-term goal, identify the opportunities that are open to them and choose not to follow a path that was decided for them."
Translating that formula to the world of Assassin’s Creed, it’ll be interesting to see what Ubisoft comes up with. We’re already seeing the genre shift in that direction with projects like No Man’s Sky, and as technology continues to open up new capabilities, games will only become more and more ambitious.
What do you think of this new direction for Assassin’s Creed?