The Next Assassin’s Creed is Getting Bigger For Some Reason

The series is going from open world to full-blown live service.

I’m currently chipping my way through Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla’s “Wraith of the Druids” DLC, and as I do so, I keep running into the same issue I felt with the base game: every time I make a little progress I realize just how big this game is and how much open-world bullshit you have to navigate to get to the good stuff. This has been repeated criticism of the series in its recent entries, and fans of the franchise’s action-adventure roots have clamored for a return to the more concise world design of its early years. From the sound of it, Ubisoft isn’t listening to any of that and is about to double and triple down on making these games big and time-consuming.

Ubisoft has corroborated a report from Bloomberg that the Assassin’s Creed series is about to make a full-blown shift into a live service game, but it sounds like the game is at least a few years out regardless. The blog posted to the company’s official site says the game is codenamed Assassin’s Creed Infinity, and is being developed as part of a collaboration between Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Quebec.

Bloomberg reports that the game will feature multiple settings, rather than being focused in one specific place and time in the series chronology. The current plan is for the game to act as a basis for expansion over the months and years that follow its release, serving as more of a platform than any game prior.

In other news:

Along with reporting on the game’s structure, Bloomberg included more information about Ubisoft’s status following a string of workplace misconduct accusations over the past year. Reports from earlier this year made it sound as if employees weren’t happy with the company’s response, and Bloomberg’s story says reorganizations made in service of Infinity’s development have left some accused in senior positions. While Ubisoft declined to comment on specific cases, a representative told Bloomberg that “any employee that had allegations and remain at Ubisoft has had their case rigorously reviewed by a third party and were either exonerated or underwent appropriate disciplinary actions. Employees who have been under investigation would not remain at Ubisoft if results of investigations warranted termination.”