Assassin’s Creed hasn’t had multiplayer in quite a while, but Ubisoft says that may change soon. With the rise of games as a service, it makes business sense to go back to the concept, and despite the series’ overall focus on single player, its multiplayer options have been surprisingly solid and entertaining. Ubisoft wants its technology to support those features again.
When asked about how Ubisoft’s technology will evolve in the near future, Creative Director Serge Hascoet says, “We have a lot of technologies, so it’s case-by-case, but Assassin’s Creed doesn’t have multiplayer, and that’s very important to the game. social aspect. of games, so we’re looking for that. “
“I want our game to become a place where there are many changes and new events,” Hascoet tells Game Informer. Even in Assassin’s Creed. We have to change the agility of our games. We have to consider mobile crossovers. There are millions of changes I would make.
“For example, the number of players. Today, our online technology could support 100 players, but at what cost? If we cut out the crowd and stuff like that in Assassin’s Creed, we could make connecting to the internet easier… it’s on a case-by-case basis. If a project needs 100 players at the same time, we can do it, but we have to find the added value “.
Assassin’s Creed got multiplayer for the first time in Brotherhood, and while that development caught up with single-player games that received unnecessary multiplayer modes, the social stealth game performed much better than anyone had anticipated. Black Flag was the last game to feature competitive mode, and Unity’s co-op mode was the last multiplayer of any kind to appear in the series.
Some event style features, like the ones Hascoet mentions, were in Origins and are ready to return in Odyssey. Assuming the feature hasn’t expanded much, that will mean daily and weekly missions to clear out bandit camps or take out recurring bosses. Fun bits of repeatable content, but not the kind of world-altering changes that many modern games traffic now.
In this same interview Hascoet also addresses the possibility of a new Prince of Persia or Splinter Cell. The release date for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is approaching soon, and while it won’t have significant multiplayer features, it looks like that may change for whatever the next AC is.