While we learned recently that there was a possibility that the Assassin’s Creed series may not be brought back by Ubisoft next year, it looks like there’s also a possibility that another of their biggest series may not release in 2017. Assassin’s Creed has already taken one year off, but there’s a chance that Far Cry could be following the same path.
Ubisoft VP of editorial, Tommy François recently spoke about the preparation that is going into these games and the goal of making them as good as they can be. He said the following:
“I’ll tell you what. We believe alpha for these games needs to be one year before release. We’re trying to achieve that. That’s super f****** blunt, I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say this. This is the goal we’re going for: alpha one year before, more quality, more polish.So if this means biting the [bullet] and not having an Assassin’s game, or a Far Cry [in 2017], f*** it.”
He goes on to clarify that the alpha would be an internal one, saying “I mean it from that perspective. We still need to have an Alpha, and we need it available as early as we possibly can, because the more time we have for this the more polish we have, the more time we can change, refine, swap systems. You just can’t take shortcuts.”
While both Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Far Cry 4 were met with favorable reviews at launch, both games definitely didn’t offer much new when it came to comparing them to their predecessors.