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Yesterday Ubisoft announced Assassin's Creed Infinity, a new in-development platform for the franchise that aims to better connect new entries through a constantly evolving online service. It's fair to say that the fans aren't particularly happy.
This ambitious new cross-studio project aims to "guide, grow, evolve, and define the overall future of Assassin's Creed," according to a lengthy Ubisoft blog post. We don't know much more about it than that at this stage, but most fans of the longrunning franchise know enough about live service models to know this isn't what they want from Assassin's Creed.
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Take a look over on the Assassin's Creed subreddit on any given day, and there's usually at least one new post from a fan who feels the series is slipping further and further away from its roots. While most have been able to get on board with the series' evolution from stealth-action RPG, there's still a general consensus that things have been going too far in the wrong direction. Posts calling out the lack of focused stealth or refined parkour have blown up on the subreddit over the past year, as have numerous complaints about microtransactions and in-game purchases.
It's no surprise, then, that the Assassin's Creed subreddit is currently filled with fans who see the announcement of Infinity as a bit of a middle finger to them. After years of craving a back-to-basics single-player experience, the announcement of an online service inspired by GTA Online and Fortnite is bound to rankle. Again, we still don't know exactly what Infinity will entail, but this initial news has been enough to set alarm bells ringing.
"So if you are in that small part of AC userbase who don't like to buy microtransactions and grind through bloated content, you now know as a fact that Ubisoft don't care about you," wrote one user in response to news.
"Ubisoft has come full circle and become Abstergo," joked another. "That's so meta." Elsewhere fans are perhaps being a little too harsh, with one explosive thread actively hoping that Infinity is "sh*t" and ends up a "laughing stock."
"What worries me about this is them breaking up what would otherwise be a full game into bits," another user wrote, although I should again stress we don't know how Ubisoft is going to handle Infinity! "Think of how they handle post a launch DLC with mini stories and zones. Imagine an entire game story split up like this. At the end you may get a full experience but its going to be drawn out over a live service thing."
Someone stop them from ruining the series it's already bad since they went rpg style- Sayan (@SayanX98) July 7, 2021
1. The franchise is suppose to be single player.- Mike Hogan (@MikeHog94945512) July 7, 2021
2. AC has tried Multiplayer in the past and it wasn't great at all.
3. If they're wasting time and money in this monstrosity, clearly we are going to have to wait even longer for the next REAL assassins creed game:
It's not all doom and gloom, however. There are plenty of fans who can see the potential in an Assassin's Creed game that spans different periods from the games, with many already excitedly sharing their theories on how this will all come together and serve the wider story.
Elsewhere Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, who broke the Infinity news yesterday, has said he doesn't believe this is the end of single-player Assassin's Creed games as we know them - it's just that they'll become a part of Infinity. How well that works all comes down to Ubisoft, of course, but there are plenty of fans out there who'll be incredibly wary of this latest project until they see for themselves how it works, and just how true to the core of the franchise it manages to say.
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