Seems like a weird thing to build the third game at the same time as the previous two side-iterations. Will the third game have the minor advancements of Brotherhood and Revelations? Was the story even planned out with this order in mind? It is a relief to hear that it's been in development for 3 years though. We might actually get sufficient changes (and then another mini-trilogy to burn them out, of course).
Reading some of the other discussion here, I never understood the hate for AC1. I got into it a bit late, expecting a mediocre game from everything I've heard.. but it was pretty fantastic, like nothing I have ever played before. Yea the missions had a bit of repetition, but they were still fun to do. Still doesn't make much sense to me.
Not really. This news actually makes the last two games make sense.
The last two games were the side teams, Using the same assets, making changes, filling in story elements and developing the multi player element, introducing some new concepts to trial them out.
The Main team continuing to work on number 3. If it is out in October the main story and plot etc has been wrapped up already by now and so the staff who have left also makes sense. Done, 3 games done, story wrapped up - move on.
I bet you pretty much the last two games were test bed's for features of 3. Some mechanics and defiantly the multi player being produced. We been Test Chimps for he last couple of games.