assassin’s Creed games are typically self-contained (and often solitary) business, but Ubisoft is ready to change all that. Bloomberg sources argues that Ubisoft is developing Assassin’s Creed Infinity, a project that transforms the alternative story series into a live online service like Grand Theft Auto Online. Instead of playing mostly for yourself in a historical period, you will routinely join other players in “multiple settings” that will grow and evolve over time. You would have a reason to continue playing (and continue to pay) for quite some time where AC actually is it relies heavily on DLC and frequent sequences to stay cool.
While there would be individual games linked to Infinity with their own appearance and sense, they would all be tied together, the sources said.
Ubisoft confirmed that one Infinity exists, but would not explain the game in question. The company said it will please fans who want a “more cohesive approach” to the game’s universe.
However, the company’s encounter could undermine the project. Ubisoft recently unified its teams in Montreal and Quebec to help Assassin’s Creed flourish through shared talents. While it could reinforce the quality of each release, Quebec will run the franchise – a problem when that studio and Montreal have had bitter rivalries at times.
More importantly, there are concerns Ubisoft has not fully addressed the misconduct claims that have led to the company removing its official head of creation and certain heads of study. A spokeswoman said Ubisoft has investigated all claims and taken appropriate action, however BloombergContacts say executives accused of abuse have remained in senior roles and that employees say racism and sexism were not treated.
This, in turn, could limit Ubisoft’s resources for that Infinity. While poaching from studios near Ubisoft Montreal is a problem, claims of misconduct have also led to more people jumping the ship from that location. Simply put, Ubisoft may need to redouble its efforts to eliminate toxic behavior if it is to retain the talent it needs to produce its best work.
Update: Ubisoft, in response to allegations of misconduct, said it “takes every allegation seriously and has conducted a series of investigations over the past year led by independent third parties taking swift and appropriate action based on its result, including warnings, removal of liability management or dismissal ”. While refusing to go into specifics, he said that “every employee who has been charged and stays with Ubisoft has had his case rigorously reviewed by a third party and has either been acquitted or has taken appropriate disciplinary action.”
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