I remember in 2007, when the first Assassin's Creed came out, how much fun it was to play as Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, jumping, climbing, and sneaking my way through Jerusalem, Acre, and Damascus and fighting as a brown character and ruining the lives of The Templars. I couldn't help but smile. Assassin's Creed was new, a fresh breath of air on the gaming scene, instantly I became a fan of the series. So, this is hard for me to say but, Ubisoft, Assassin's Creed is foaming at the mouth and it's time to put a good series out of its misery.
As of now, I have played quite a few of the Assassin Creed games though, I must confess, I stopped in 2013 after beating Black Flag and while I'm capable of watching old series age, change in new and exciting ways, that sadly doesn't apply here. Assasin's Creed has become old and with each new game, just a bit worse for wear.
For one thing, the controls are notoriously loose. It feels as though in the years since the beloved franchise began, the controls have either gotten worse or at least have remained unchanged since 2007, hard to tell which. The various protagonists have been running farther than they should, climbing without player input, and, my favourite, suddenly throwing themselves into the open during escort missions, making the player replay large portions of the game because of the unpredictability of the game engine for many years. I ended up dropping the series because of this. It was both difficult and frustrating to never know exactly what my PC was going to do when I was in the thick of things. When I was trying to lay low, if I walked too close to a fence, I'd somehow end up on top of the fence, rather inconspicuously. The controls are so poor that it is pretty much widely agreed upon that they need serious work. But that alone is not a reason to end a series, I understand. But rest assured, there's more.
Ubisoft has been having some issues with their releases for the last few years. Images aren't rendering correctly because they feel like there has to be a new Assassin's Creed every year. The result is rocky releases, day one patches, and a long history of having to apologize for things that never should have happened in the first place, after all, if the expectation is for people to fork up 60 dollars for the game, it ought to work well out of the box. Which I've also talked about in another article you can read here. But anyway, Anything less than a functional game shows an unacceptable level of contempt for the most loyal fans, the ones who buy on launch day. This same pressure to produce something "new" every year has also caused the total stagnation of ideas in the Assassin's Creed world. Because they produced so many games about brown protagonists beating up the Templar's they had to change the setting of Assassin's Creed but, after Enzio's stint in the western world, these setting seem a bit bizarre. You can feel the level of stress the writers must be under with each new instalment, and that isn't a good sign for the quality of the writing, which hasn't been getting better.
All of these things wouldn't be so noticeable if Assasin's Creed had a break in the decade it's been alive, but it hasn't. Every year there's a new Assasin's Creed game that barely differentiates itself from what came before it. New setting, same gameplay. Something has to give. Either Ubisoft needs to put more effort into their franchise but the demonstrable fact is that they don't see the need. So perhaps, if this newly announced Assassin's Creed doesn't fix the series many problems (it won't) Ubisoft can do the right thing and let what was once a great series, find a little peace in death.