Ubisoft is working on a massive Assassin’s Creed online game that will evolve over time as a live service.
Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier announced earlier today that the project is codenamed Assassin’s Creed Infinity and will be a large online platform that will continue to grow in the months and years following its release.
The report claims that while previous Assassin’s Creed games were set in specific historical periods, Assassin’s Creed Infinity will take place over several different time frames and this could stretch even further over time.
Ubisoft has since confirmed the game’s existence in a new blog post, but has not given any information about the game other than that it will be a collaboration between Ubisoft Montreal (Assassin’s Creed Origins and Valhalla ) and Ubisoft Quebec (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey).
“Rather than keep passing the baton from game to game, we deeply believe that this is an opportunity for one of Ubisoft’s most beloved franchises to evolve in a more integrated and collaborative way, less studio-centric and more focused on talent and leadership, no. it doesn’t matter where they are within Ubisoft, ”read a statement on the blog.
“Most importantly, Assassin’s Creed has always been developed by multicultural teams with varied backgrounds and perspectives that have influenced the portrayal of its characters, places and cultures.
“While we know there is always room for improvement, we believe this new structure allows us to ensure that the diversity and representation within our teams continues to grow and match that of our players. “
The project is still several years away from its exit and, according to Schreier, the teams involved face internal problems as several men accused of sexual abuse are still involved in the project.
This presumably includes Marc-Alexis Côté, who, according to Ubisoft, will lead the new inter-studio collaborative structure.
A spokesperson for Ubisoft acknowledged the existence of Infinity to Schreier and said that Ubisoft aims to “exceed the expectations of fans who have asked for a more cohesive approach” to the series.
According to a Gamasutra article last year, Côté was accused of being aware of toxic behavior at Ubisoft Quebec and of “knowingly allowing this toxicity.” According to the report, sources claimed that Côté personally treated them well, but was aware of the abuse inflicted by senior colleagues and allegedly took no action.
Asked about these allegations by Schreier, the Ubsoft spokesperson said: “Any employee who has had allegations and remains at Ubisoft has had their case rigorously reviewed by a third party and has been either exonerated or subject to disciplinary action. appropriate. Employees who were investigated would not stay at Ubisoft if the results of the investigations justified their dismissal. “
Despite this, Schreier reports that some managers accused of abusive behavior remain in senior positions, with Ubisoft’s internal bulletin board receiving numerous complaints from staff unhappy with the company’s response to the allegations.
In an interview with VGC last year, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla producer Julien Laferrière told us, “I think what’s great about Assassin’s Creed is that because we’re dealing with the story there is. has so many other times and times that we could tap into. For me, it’s a great franchise that has a lot of possibilities.