If you’re anything like us, you probably thought it was a breath of fresh air when Assassin’s Creed took a break between Syndicate and Origins. The series was starting to get burned out by it’s own annual release and the quality of the games was suffering; taking that year out helped to produce the best Assassin’s Creed game in years when Assassin’s Creed: Origins released to great success in 2017. You can imagine our surprise then, when Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey was announced for a 2018 release.
Now don’t get us wrong, Odyssey looks great, but it’s hard not to be a bit concerned. Luckily though, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has allayed some of our fears by confirming that the reason we have two games in consecutive years is because Origins and Odyssey were developed by two different teams at the same time. He also confirmed that there will be no Assassin’s Creed release in 2019 as Ubisoft continue to support Odyssey with post-launch content.
In an interview with Gamespot, Guillemot said: “We had a game [in 2018] 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 was 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.”
As he continued, it became clear that Odyssey would be full supported for a long time after launch: “What you’ll have is lots of content coming on [Odyssey]. The team really want to give, on a regular basis, some new possibilities for play, so when you get [Odyssey] this year, you’re going to get in for a couple of years, actually.”
It’s great news to hear both that Odyssey will be supported with a raft of post-launch content and that the series will be taking a year out again to (hopefully) deliver us another stellar title in 2020. As much as we love games, we’re firm believers in quality over quantity; less frequent releases of higher quality games is definitely the way forward.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey releases on PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 5th.