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Assassins Creed III A “High Profile Franchise”

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Ubisoft have created many unique games over the years, but none more successful than the Assassins Creed series. The decision to release new games annually has generated plenty of sales, and according to Ubisoft, is all part of the process to developing a high profile franchise.

Speaking with CVG  at gamescom, Assassin’s Creed 3 creative director Alex Hutchinson said:

“An annual release doesn’t take anything away from the series, nor make it “less amazing.”

“Since when is something less amazing if you get a new one every year?” he said. “If Breaking Bad was shown twice a week I’d watch it twice a week. If Radiohead put out an album every six months I’d gladly buy one every six months.

“If people want these massive triple-A blockbusters, people will have to accept that we have to make our money back somehow. It’s rare that you’ll make your money back on the first one. Assassin’s Creed 3 is a huge undertaking – we went back to basics on a number of things, including tech. Any revenue that a publisher can get to make riskier projects is cool with me.

“People say it’s the dark side of capitalism but it’s more like communism; we have big projects whose success pay for the little projects.”

He went on further to say, that the series has become no longer just a trilogy, rather a high profile franchise, and like other high-profile franchises, it will have its “ups and downs.”

“We were reading reviews about Assassin’s Creed Revelations and a few people were asking whether this was the end of the franchise, and we were thinking ‘er slow down’,” he said. “I mean, I’m no huge fan of Metacritic but the game got an eighty on there. That’s not too bad really.

“The way we see Assassin’s Creed 3 now is as a franchise, like Mario or Resident Evil, that will have its ups and downs. It wasn’t the original plan to be an ongoing series, no, but it became the plan. The curse of success, for want of better phrase.

“But if you can keep a series interesting and fresh then I don’t see why it shouldn’t go on. Nintendo has been great at reinvigorating their franchises, as have other Japanese companies, so we feel we can too.”

Assassin’s Creed 3 releases on October 30th in North America and October 31st in the Europe for Wii U, 360 and PS3

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Report: Game of Thrones Creator Collaborating With FromSoftware

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The writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind the popular television show Game of Thrones, has reportedly been consulting on a FromSoftware title.

In a blog post on his official website, George R. R. Martin stated that he has “consulted on a video game out of Japan.”

Gematsu has reported that a contact familiar with FromSoftware—the Japanese development studio known for Dark SoulsBloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice—has shared that Martin is working with the studio on a project known internally as “GR.”

According to Gematsu‘s contact, the project, which has been in development for three years, is an open-world game and will feature horse riding. The player will be able to visit several kingdoms and obtain abilities by killing their leaders. Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of some of FromSoftware’s most acclaimed titles, is reportedly working on the game.

Gematsu reports that the title will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference later this year.

YouTube channel Spawn Wave reported in March about a rumour regarding a potential collaboration between Martin and FromSoftware, so this recent report gives even more validity to the speculation. However, without any official word, the news should be taken with a grain of salt.

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