Over a decade after the first Assassin's Creed graced consoles and PC, Ubisoft is set to put it through its largest transformation yet. The popular action/adventure series turned RPG will become a live service game with Assassin's Creed Infinity, an experience that will grow and evolve alongside the players. Details are scarce at the moment as the company only recently confirmed its existence. A Bloomberg report indicates that Assassin's Creed Infinity is inspired by "living online platforms" such as Fortnite and GTA Online.
Could it be one of the best Xbox games to ever release? Ubisoft is certainly hoping so, but it has a lot to prove to win over fans.
Assassin's Creed Infinity: What is it?
Assassin's Creed Infinity is a collaborative effort between multiple Ubisoft studios across Quebec and Montreal that is expected to shake up the Assassin's Creed formula in a big way. Instead of "continuing to pass the baton from game to game" as Ubisoft put it in its official announcement, Infinity will be able to "evolve in a more integrated and collaborative manner that's less centered on studios and more focused on talent and leadership." Assassin's Creed Infinity is only its codename for now, and Bloomberg reports that the game will be live service.
Over on Twitter, Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier said that "it may be some sort of hub that allows people to play multiple AC games both big and small," but he also noted that things could change and details are in flux. Whatever the case, it appears that Assassin's Creed Infinity is planned to have multiple settings.
Assassin's Creed Infinity: Is it an MMO?
It's unclear whether Assassin's Creed Infinity will be an MMO or have multiplayer. Given that it appears to be a massive online platform, it would make sense that it has multiplayer of some kind, but Ubisoft may just keep it single-player and allow players to explore its evolving world solo.
Assassin's Creed Infinity: Is it free-to-play?
We don't know whether it will be free-to-play or not. Assassin's Creed titles generally cost $60, but Infinity being a live service game may change that if Ubisoft decides to subsidize its development and maintenance with microtransactions. Seeing as the project is still years away, any plans that Ubisoft has right now may change.
Assassin's Creed Infinity: Setting
Assassin's Creed Infinity will apparently include multiple settings, allowing players to explore different locations and time periods in a single game. What we don't know are the exact locations or time periods it's set to take place. The series has taken us all the way back to ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War, and it's gone as far forward as the Industrial Revolution in London, not accounting for its modern-day narrative. Aside from historical locations, we've also been to Atlantis and the mythical realms of Asgard and Jotunheim.
The franchise's long-running tagline is "history is our playground," so there's no telling where Ubisoft could take us next. We could conceivably go anywhere. Highly requested locations have been places like ancient Japan and China. Hopefully, we'll be seeing new locations in Assassin's Creed Infinity instead of rehashes of regions we've already been to.
Assassin's Creed Infinity: Gameplay
Again, without actually seeing it in action, we can't say for certain what its gameplay will look like. However, we can speculate that it will likely play similarly to Assassin's Creed Valhalla or other open-world Ubisoft titles. If that's the case, we could see RPG elements like dialogue choices return, but that is purely speculation.
Assassin's Creed Infinity: Does it tie into the main series?
As with most other questions regarding Assassin's Creed Infinity, we don't know. The main series narrative has been a spiraling mess for several years now after Assassin's Creed 3, and it just seemed to find its footing again between Origins and Valhalla with Layla as the modern-day protagonist.
If you want to try and untangle the mess that is the Assassin's Creed history, we have a handy guide just for you.
Assassin's Creed Infinity: Release date and platforms
Our sources have indicated that Assassin's Creed Infinity is aiming for a 2024 release, which is in line with what Schreier heard of "2024 or later." Obviously, because of the pandemic and ever-changing plans, nothing is set in stone at the moment. Regardless, you shouldn't expect to see Assassin's Creed Infinity any time soon. It's still at least a few years away.
No platforms have been announced, but given the timeframe it will probably release on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS5, and PC. It's also within reason to expect new-gen enhancements like 4K and 60FPS (maybe even 120FPS) considering at that point the Series X and S will have been on the market for four to five years.
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