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The Next Assassin’s Creed Won’t Star Connor

Interestingly, we're also heading to a new moment in history.

It’s little surprise Ubisoft is prepping another Assassin’s Creed game, but given the many times the company had us playing as Ezio, it’s interesting to learn Connor won’t be back next time.

Additionally, we’ll be heading to a new moment in history. Goodbye, Revolutionary War!

Ubisoft made the announcement on its earnings call this morning, revealing another Assassin’s Creed game is in development, and that it's scheduled for a release in the next fiscal year. Ubisoft's next fiscal year ends March 2014, and it’s likely Ubisoft will continue sticking to its holiday timeframe.

In addition to being vague on a release date, it’s also unclear whether the next Assassin’s Creed will remain only on the current set of consoles, or straddle the current and next-generation sets of hardware. With E3 not all that far away, it won’t be long until we have a better picture of the future.

Connor could still return in a future game. My problems with Assassin's Creed III weren't on his shoulders!

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Posted by Efesell

@jebara said:

Didn't I hear that 3 and its setting was supposed to be its own trilogy?

I think I heard it somewhere, maybe the reaction to 3 caused this.

Never heard anything like that. At least not in any official sense.

And I doubt the reaction to 3 caused anything, that game reviewed fairly well and made bank.

Posted by jebara

@Efesell: Critics, maybe.

But I've heard nothing but hate and whining from the gamers side.

Posted by Efesell

@jebara said:

@Efesell: Critics, maybe.

But I've heard nothing but hate and whining from the gamers side.

Yes, I've been on the internet also.

You take all of that with truckloads of salt. People who like things generally don't scream about it as much.

Posted by DexterKid

@Tylea002 said:

Connor hasn't "starred" in an AC game yet, though.

The "star" of AC3 was Haytham, and we all know it.

100%, Haytham is not just the best character in AC3, but one of the best characters in the entire series, and they completely squander him and his story. AC3 should'ave been either all Haytham, or 50:50 between him and Connor but without the two ever actually meeting. That would've made the game much more interesting for me.

I'm happy to hear they are dumping both the character and the setting, neither worked for me, for many reasons.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@mlarrabee said:

Good to know this franchise will be milked dry.

How else do you make a pizza without milking a cow? ANYBODY WHO MENTIONS CHEESELESS PIZZAS IS A GODLESS HEATHEN.

Posted by SpicyRichter

@chilipeppersman said:

@mlarrabee: yuckkkk i stopped playing the AC series after the first one. Its just a cash cow now.........

Mistake. Number 2 was the best of the series

Posted by Jimbo

Thank fuck for that. Awful, awful non-character.

@Tylea002 said:

Connor hasn't "starred" in an AC game yet, though.

The "star" of AC3 was Haytham, and we all know it.

Abso-fucking-lutely. Haytham / Lee double-act actually had potential, until the 'twist' (and before Lee turned into a pantomime villian).

Posted by Encephalon

Maybe Connor will have learned to speak with contractions by the time he returns!

Posted by Blu3V3nom07

Swazzlestars.

Posted by CaptainTightPants

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

Posted by punisherkaos

No thanks I'm good.

Posted by KLEPEK_DefenseForce

Good read Patrick. Rich and compelling. Thanks for keeping us all in the know.

Posted by HistoryInRust

I'm sure I'm just echoing most sentiments. But come on.

They've run this franchise into the fucking topsoil. I couldn't be asked to finish Revelations, had no interest in III, and have drifted into being agressive, near to the point of sheer antagonism, in my avoidance of any further entries of this series.

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Posted by GasparNolasco

I'm a fan of the franchise and I kinda liked AC3, even though I never actually bought it for myself (got it from a friend). But I really like that they are sticking with the original plan again. Ezio was special, but all other protagonists can be one hit wonders from now on.

I wouldn't mind not hearing from Desmond ever again either.

Posted by Parsnip

Maybe the next game will feature Shao Jun and her Chinese Brotherhood.
Maybe take place after she meets Ezio.
Or something.

Posted by GasparNolasco

@TheHT said:

@Pixeldemon said:

Best case scenario:

Complete reboot of the series with no animus and no insultingly bad "chosen-one must defeat ancient alien forerunners" story line.

Yeah, as cool as the ending to 2 was, I think it would've been better for the series to just be Assassins and Templars fighting over ancient technology for global domination/freedom rather than Those Who Came Before actually taking part in Demond's story.

  • Assassin's Creed 1: Altair during the Crusades / Desmond intro
  • Assassin's Creed 2: Ezio during the Renaissance / Desmond training
  • Assassin's Creed 3: Conner in England during the Age of Discovery (with features from Brotherhood) / Desmond on assignments and the Templars eventually taking over the world
  • Assassin's Creed Revelations: Adam in Africa during the human uprising against the Precursors / Desmond and Assassins revolting against the Templars
  • Done

That would be pretty cool!

I could see a million ways Ubi could fuck it up though...

Posted by xyzygy

Hopefully they will learn from the mistakes of AC3.

Posted by beard_of_zeus

No thanks! I couldn't even stomach trying to finish AC3, given all its issues. Hey, Ubisoft, maybe take a year or two off with this series?

Posted by LiquidPrince

I liked Assassin's Creed 3. So I'm excited for the next one.

Posted by Mitch0712

I want Assassin's Creed set in 18th or 19th century Japan.

Posted by Klei

I think Connor to be the only interesting protagonist in all the AC games, and I played them all. Yeah, and I stand by my opinion. He's the only one I could relate to.

Posted by ElixirBronze

But we'll keep dragging on with the same old boring ass gameplay?

Posted by Lysergica33

After a 5 game trilogy that they finished with yet more sequel bait.. No. No more. I am not buying another Assassin's Creed game.

.... Unless they set it in Feudal Japan. In which case SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

Posted by SmilingPig

So... Rusia in the tzar era.

Posted by fiberpay

I have yet to play a BAD Assassin's game. Maybe once they make one I will start whining about annual releases like most people here, until then I'll play more AC and like it.

Posted by Missacre

@Lysergica33 said:

After a 5 game trilogy that they finished with yet more sequel bait.. No. No more. I am not buying another Assassin's Creed game.

.... Unless they set it in Feudal Japan. In which case SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

Why don't you just play Tenchu, then?

Posted by FoxxFireArt

Rats, I like Conner and the wilderness free climbing.

Posted by MeatSim

I think I am done with AC unless they really flesh out the gameplay.

Posted by Adrian79

Sigh yet another series that has been ruined by annualisation. I get that devs/publishers need to make money but why does everything even slightly popular have to be beaten to death?

Posted by streetninja
@Video_Game_King: Your comment has left me wanting a white pizza.
Posted by Video_Game_King

@streetninja:

Is that a pizza without cheese?

Edited by Gerhabio

Fuck Connor and fuck the USA (as a historical setting), two of the most boring fucking concepts in video games ever.

Now I'm actually excited about an AC game again. Fingers crossed for Imperial China/ Ancient Egypt and female protagonist.

Edited by WeaponBoy

Connor was just...boring. He just lacked that certain charm that made you like him despite how much of a douche he could be. Connor was just kind of a douche in general.

Fair warning, I'm going to make a comparison that some people might be grumpy about and I'm honestly not trying to start a flame war, this is just my opinion.

I liken Connor vs. Ezio to DmC's Dante vs. DMC3/4's Dante. They're both idiotic power fantasies, but I just found new Dante to be kind of insufferably cocky rather than entertainingly cocky. Kind of like Nero was in DMC4, but Nero's melodrama was balanced out by Dante being around to act as a foil.

Posted by ArtisanBreads

I hope the rumors of a pirate themed game with a co-op component are true.

Edited by TheHBK

I just wish they had made a better game that takes place during the crusades, I remember that was what excited me the most about this series when it was announced.

They should make the game Jeff suggested, I think, a few podcasts ago where you are an assassin during the year 30AD and your gadget guy is Jesus and you are the one that has to kill him and then turns out the plot twist is that he is actually alive and chases your ass to France.

Edited by fetchfox

God damn you Ubisoft, I didn't wan't to be exited for the next Assassins Creed game... you don't deserve it! But, I still am. A new time period is to intriguing.

Posted by skrutop

World War 1 German assassin?

Posted by Cykke

Good. His character sucked and the game was extremely bland.

Posted by claybrez

Don't blame the character, blame the writing which... may never get better. Glad I never bothered with these games.

Edited by Butler

Can we please go to Japan already. I want ninjas.

Or Egypt.

Posted by sephirm87

Hear me out. You start the new game as Desmond (very, very briefly) , with the early twist being that you are someone in the Animus reliving Desmond's experiences as an assassin. You then do all sorts of neat future assassin stuff.

Posted by Efesell

@sephirm87 said:

Hear me out. You start the new game as Desmond (very, very briefly) , with the early twist being that you are someone in the Animus reliving Desmond's experiences as an assassin. You then do all sorts of neat future assassin stuff.

That's the premise of the next generation graphical updates. You play as a guy reliving Desmonds reliving of all his ancestors.

Posted by UberTerence

@fox01313: I thoroughly enjoyed the vita AC game. Aveline's multiple personas and skill sets involved with each added a new level of depth to the series.

Edited by Bourbon_Warrior

Bring on Japan already! The thing I really missed in AC3 was the local language option, was really immersive in AC2,

Posted by InfamousBIG

@Efesell said:

@sephirm87 said:

Hear me out. You start the new game as Desmond (very, very briefly) , with the early twist being that you are someone in the Animus reliving Desmond's experiences as an assassin. You then do all sorts of neat future assassin stuff.

That's the premise of the next generation graphical updates. You play as a guy reliving Desmonds reliving of all his ancestors.

Oh, so you mean like a dream within a dream?

That's novel.

Posted by Efesell

I hope that it never goes to Japan.

If nothing else I want to keep the relatively unique settings. Visit places that games don't visit all of the damn time.

Posted by 137

@Reddy1124 said:

@mlarrabee said:

Good to know this franchise will be milked dry.

Did people honestly think that Ubisoft was not going to milk AC for all its worth? Hopefully they don't annualize Far Cry too.

If they can make the next far cry as good as FC3 then I have no godamned problem with that.

Assasins creed however, after the way they fucked the story up in the last game. It looks like there is no more Desmon or Connor or Ezio, or the irrelevant guy.

Posted by jebara

@Efesell: To be honest, I'd trust them a whole lot more than reviewers.

With reviewers being as high score giving as they are, I've gotten better gaming purchases listening to the gaming community, by that I mean excluding "videogame critics".

Edited by GaspoweR
Posted by John1912

Yea this series peaked at AC2. Ive been lukewarm at best with the every game after that. With 3 kinda sucking Im done with AC.

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