“Assassin’s Creed IV” has already received a fair amount of discussion, but the latest news from Ubisoft may be pointing toward the next reboot installment in the “Assassin’s Creed” franchise.
According to a report from Polygon on Thursday night, Ubisoft has partnered with two French government research organizations, the Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), who will both assist Ubisoft in developing a game engine for an upcoming next-generation title.
The Xbox 720 and PS4 title is said to be codenamed “Mango,” and will receive around €14 million invested in the project over about two years time.
Various comparisons can be made with this information and the history we know about the development process that was involved with the making of “Assassin’s Creed III.”
Ubisoft revealed this most recent iteration of “Assassin’s Creed” started development during January of 2010, and then the game was released this past October.
So the development timeframe there was nearly three years, and the project did a remarkable job of staying a secret until it was announced.
If this indeed ends up to be “Assassin’s Creed IV” it provides two years in between for two sequels to be made and released stemming from “Assassin’s Creed III,” much like “Assassin’s Creed II.”
This upcoming fall will most likely feature the release of “Assassin’s Creed 3.1” with “Assassin’s Creed 3.2” to follow during the fall of 2014.
Those two games already have their game engine in the AnvilNext game engine, which is next-generation ready by the way.
“Assassin’s Creed 4” would then be setup for the on-time release during the fall of 2015, which would be the nearly three years worth of development that was put into “Assassin’s Creed III,” assuming development starts this January.
Another indicator of which franchise this next-generation engine will be used for is the amount of money Ubisoft is investing in this project, which is about $18.5 million.
That money won’t just be spent on any game or franchise.
Ubisoft spent about $6.5 million on advertising in the United Kingdom alone for “Assassin’s Creed III,” and commercials have still be airing in the United States throughout December.
A monster amount of money was spent on every aspect of this reboot, and gamers can expect the same for “Assassin’s Creed IV.”
It’s safe to assume the quality of gaming will be extremely high for “AC IV,” especially since Ubisoft is investing nearly $19 million in the game engine alone.
If all continues the way things are shaping up to be, gamers can expect “Assassin’s Creed IV” to be released during the fall of 2015.