In the recent years, Assassin’s Creed returned to its sole story driven format, abandoning the multiplayer portion of previous titles when Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate launched in 2015. With a handful of gametypes and characters to play between four titles that featured online matchmaking, it was a fun feature after completing the game’s campaign.
In a recent interview with Game Informer, the outlet spoke with Ubisoft CCO Serge Hascoet about the future for some of the publisher’s franchises. Going into detail about game series like Beyond Good & Evil 2, Skulls & Bones , and Splinter Cell.
Discussing about the changes made in Assassin’s Creed in the past few years, Hascoet talks about the shift for more player freedom and the choice to expand on the games with DLC rather than yearly releases. The Creative Head mentioned when the discussion turned to the what next step Ubisoft is taking for their titles in the game industry, he stated:
We have many technologies, so it’s case by case, but Assassin’s Creed has no multiplayer mode, and that is very important for the social aspect of gaming, so we are looking for that.
This doesn’t confirm that Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey will have a multiplayer patch following the game’s launch, but it shows that Ubisoft is looking and possibly in the works to having the feature return to the franchise in the near future.
Looking back at Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood that introduced multiplayer to the series, translating the social stealth gameplay we know from the story to online worked at the time. Giving players the objective to find their prey hiding within surrounding crowds with a list of abilities and items to their disposal varied the outcome with each match. Then swapping the competitive formula for cooperative play with the arrival of Unity was the last appearance of multiplayer in the series.
With all this Assassin’s Creed talk, it should be noted though that Ubisoft broke the year brake with the announcement of Odyssey for 2018, publisher CEO Yves Guillemot has confirmed there won’t be a game for 2019.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 5, 2018. A selection of fans will be able to test out the game via Project Stream through Google Chrome.
Source: Game Informer