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Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier writes that Ubisoft is developing a new Assassin's Creed project under the code name Assassin's Creed Infinity, with the main idea behind the project being the creation of a "massive online platform that evolves over time".
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Where previous Assassin's Creed games took place in one setting and time period, sources familiar with Infinity's development tell Bloomberg the title will contain a number of different locations and eras that can be expanded post-launch. It adds that "individual games on the platform might look and feel different, but they will all be connected."
Bloomberg stresses that Infinity is still years away from release, and many of these details could change during development. The piece also notes that many of the men accused of abuse at Ubisoft over the past year remain in senior positions as part of the project.
A spokeswoman for Ubisoft acknowledged that Assassin's Creed Infinity exists, but wouldn't say much more than that. What she did tell Bloomberg was that Ubisoft is looking to "exceed the expectations of fans who have been asking for a more cohesive approach" to the series. She added that as far as the sexual misconduct claims are concerned, Ubisoft investigated the allegations and took what it deemed to be appropriate action.
"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," she said. "Employees who have been under investigation would not remain at Ubisoft if results of investigations warranted termination."
Assassin's Creed Infinity is set to mark a major change in tradition for the long-running series. Ubisoft unified the Montreal and Quebec teams in April, and now the two will work together on Infinity. Both teams will have their own creative director, but Quebec will be in charge of the franchise.
This shakeup is designed to help the franchise "evolve in a more integrated and collaborative manner that's less centered on studios and more focused on talent and leadership, no matter where they are within Ubisoft," the spokeswoman explained.
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