• Joe Allen

Assassin’s Creed Infinity leak confirmed

The Assassin’s Creed franchise is heading in a new direction. For almost 14 years now, the flagship franchise has released its games as single player experiences, with occasional multiplayer aspects included. But that seems set to change with codename ‘Infinity’.

Following a leak by Bloomberg, who claimed a new Assassin’s Creed live-service model (a la GTA Online and Fortnite) was in development, Ubisoft almost immediately sought to confirm the claims and get on top of the leak. The details of what we can expect are sparse, and it seems to be years away from release, but here’s what we do know.

Why a live-service?

A spokeswoman for Ubisoft would not elaborate, but did at least give us an insight into why Ubisoft was changing direction. She said that fans had been asking for a more cohesive approach to the franchise, and that a live service game would make this more possible. It also seems that Covid and lockdowns is a big reason behind the new model. It has forced the teams in Montreal and Quebec to work more collaboratively, and consequently, they will both play a role in the development of Infinity. Normally, AC releases are developed by one or the other.

Where will Infinity be set?

The short answer? Pretty much anywhere. As a service that can and will be regularly updated and expanded upon, it’s expected that new time periods and locations will be added to the game over its lifespan.

What online elements will there be?

At this stage, this is less clear. Although the leak in Bloomberg likened the new model to games like GTA 5 and Fortnite, it’s less clear with Infinity if it will be a full online, multiplayer experience. Personally, I’d prefer to see a Hitman approach to content updates; episodic releases, staying true to the AC franchises stand-out single player experiences. Running around a world with a thousand assassins wouldn’t feel like an authentic experience.

What do you think? Does this sound like the right move for the franchise, or does an online Assassin’s Creed experience worry you? Let us know what you think in the comments.