With Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood following up so quickly after Assassin’s Creed II, many analysts have foreseen a yearly release schedule for Ubisoft’s flagship franchise. But, according to the developer, the Call of Duty release pattern isn’t for the series, with next year being a breather year for the assassin way of life.
“Honestly, I think for the benefit of everybody — and business can come back and override everything I say because at the end of the day it’s about selling games — I believe that this license needs a breather,” Jean-Francois Boivin of Ubisoft explained to Eurogamer. “You can’t plough a field every year. Once every three years — or once every something — you have to let it breathe. You have to let the minerals back in. I think it’s the same thing with any license, really.”
He continued,”[We] need this much time to do something new and refreshing, just scope-wise…If we skip a year, I think we’re good. But yeah, I think we could do something really true to the license if we skip a year and release it in 2012 or 2013…”