Ubisoft has followed a very strict formula with their games over the past several years, which is an approach that has definitely started to grow old with gamers. However, the company has expressed their intentions to switch things up going forward, and one way of doing that is providing less-scripted game experiences.
Ubisoft CCO Serge Hascoet spoke with French newspaper Le Monde, where he discussed the restrictions of narratives in video games and how they aim to rectify that. They want to give the player more freedom when exploring their game worlds, allowing them to do whatever they want without being forced in certain directions due to the narrative structure.
While they’ve started nudging in this direction with Watch Dogs 2, apparently the next Assassin’s Creed game will be the first of their upcoming games to take full advantage of this new ideology. He said the following:
“[Assassin’s Creed] remained a narrative game, because we wanted to meet the Borgias, the Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, etc. All this is great. But now our business is to meet characters without it being imposed by the game.”
This would explain the longer wait for next game in the Assassin’s Creed series, as there is typically a new installment every year. However, there’s even a possibility that the next game may not see its release in 2017, either.