There are rumours floating around at the minute that Assassin’s Creed could be getting two releases in 2014, one for the last gen consoles (PS3, Xbox 360) and one for the new generation of consoles.
This comes from Examiner sources who are said to be familiar with the projects, saying that one will be for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and the other for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
There isn’t any word on the PC and Wii U versions of either game as of yet, but the series is supposedly “under a massive re-scope.”
A spokesperson for Ubisoft said that they won’t comment on rumour or speculation, as always.
Ubisoft senior vice president of sales and marketing, Tony Key, said in November that developing the game for the current and next-gen hardware held back the next-gen version of the game.
Right now, all publishers are transitioning their development resources. For a game like Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, most of the sales are still going to be on current generation platforms. We can’t make a version for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One that’s so wildly different that we can’t market them together.
So, for now, developers and designers are focused on making a game that works really well on all of the systems – but as we transition resources to the next gen, it’s going to be more difficult to do that because the power of these machines is going to allow so much more creativity.
So two separate releases for the game in the same year? Interesting, if not a bit overboard I think. Is it going to be two separate development teams working on two separate stories, or will it essentially be the same game on both consoles with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version having the advantage?