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Assassin's Creed creative director wants to change up setting, characters

Assassin's Creed fans won't see another trilogy depicting the same character and historical period. Eurogamer spoke with Assassin's Creed III creative director Alex Hutchinson about the future of the series after its October 30 release.

"I like having the choice that, if people like the current guy, we can bring him back later," Hutchinson said. "We just don't want to be boxed in where we're always stuck with one character, or where we always have to reboot everything. We want to go back and forth."

Assassin's Creed III Liberation for PlayStation Vita depicts an entirely new protagonist, whereas the series' previous portable entries focused on side adventures of pre-existing characters. Hutchinson said Assassin's Creed can easily change settings and figures while remaining a cohesive annualized series. He intends to exploit that, saying Assassin's Creed Revelations underperformed as it was "too familiar."

While some players might be burnt out on main character Desmond Miles, whose modern narrative ties the historical arcs together, Hutchinson believes it will all come back around in his favor.

"I think when all's said and done, Desmond is one of those characters you'll like once he's had his moment in the sun. No one really liked Luke Skywalker during Star Wars. But when it finished you realized he was a 'noob' with a character arc. So in retrospect I think it'll work."

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  • RedOutlive. - September 29, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    I'll believe it when I (don't) see it. I'm expecting UBISOFT to announce other AC games that are just milking the franchise with slight improvements, like ACB/ACR did but now with Connor.
  • winner2 - September 28, 2012 10:19 p.m.

    I think the first showing of a character is this series main selling point. Ac1 was more memorable to me than brotherhood or revelations, just like 2. It's the feeling of something new. I think Connor's story will be awesome to experience, but the series next big hit won't be until another new character in a whole new setting. It's just the way I feel AC works. It's not all about gameplay or graphics, it's the whole experience of the new setting and story combined with gameplay. Just my two cents worth.
  • RandyChimp - September 28, 2012 9:53 p.m.

    It's difficult really. AC2 had a more intruiging story than Revelations or Brotherhood, but the latter two games had better gameplay, and the stories were still good. I dunno, can't we just like all of them?
  • Meleedragon27 - September 28, 2012 9:16 p.m.

    I'm inclined to disagree with Alex; I don't think the problem with the Ezio trilogy was that it was all about Ezio and his Renaissance-era shenanigans (well, not the major problem, anyway...), but rather that having only a year in between releases meant the development team didn't have enough time to better refine the gameplay or make an especially gripping story (it was especially evident in Revelations, which felt rather unfinished in places). As someone who liked the trilogy as a whole, still I can only wonder what we would've gotten in Brotherhood and Revelations had the developers been given another year to refine things. Giving us a new time period/setting and a new protagonist per each annual installment only solves what I consider to be a minor problem; what really needs to be done is to supply us with a compelling narrative and fun gameplay that feels neither stale nor unrefined, and this would have to be done every year or two lest the franchise grows stale and we begin to lose interest in the series as a whole... I hate to break it to you, Ubisoft, but the Ezio trilogy proved you can't really pull all of that off on an annual basis.
  • mikedubbs23 - September 28, 2012 10:25 p.m.

    This.^^^ :) . I agree. It'll give more time for deveopers to be more creative and enhance the gameplay better. I lovedd AC2 and brotherhood, but I thought revelations was a bit underwhelming, feeling too familiar and trying too add new mechanics I didn't care for. I returned it within a week :/ can't wait for ACIII though. Looks great. I'm all for them wanting to change things up, , even if it means a new character. I want Desmond in a modern setting assassins creed. :)
  • Jacko415 - September 28, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    I really, REALLY hate this annualized series trend. Fuck you CoD and Kottick for this.
  • Jacko415 - September 28, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    At least Assassins Creed has a universe full of possibilities....

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