Ubisoft confirmed a not-so-surprising bit of news I suspected for a long while: all of its future games will have integrated live services to ensure longevity and consistent revenue streams.
Ubisoft posted the first teaser for the new game today, uploading a new image for the series, while captioning it: “Are you ready for a hefty dose of new Far Cry adventures?” Both franchises have dabbled with online multiplayer aspects in the past, with Assassin’s Creed’s Animus-based training missions and Far Cry 4’s co-op and competitive multiplayer modes, but neither have ever had multiplayer sit front and centre like Watch Dogs, The Division, Wildlands or For Honor, for example. When asked for clarification, CFO Alain Martinez confirmed that while Assassin’s Creed will have live services too, the nature of live services it has will differ greatly from the kinds one might expect in a multiplayer focused game like The Crew or Rainbow Six: Siege. But Ubisoft isn’t foolish, and it knows it can’t push microtransactions and in-game purchases that don’t make sense-the company has to create live services that make sense for the title, and do so diligently as to not fracture the community.
“All our games now are bringing live operations“, said Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot. He responded that all of their published titles will have live operations, even if there will be different types.
A poll conducted by Ubisoft in 2015 asking fans to choose what new direction they’d like to see the Far Cry series take did include the Wild West as an option.
The publisher forecasts that 25% of its total FY19 earnings will be from player purchases in the form of digital add-on content such as in-game microtransactions, expansions, and other content not associated with the actual full game purchases.
Stay tuned for more on Far Cry 5! The game should also have expansions and DLC to facilitate a season pass.
Following its one-year hiatus, Assassin’s Creed 2017 is arguably the one title that has generated the most excitement so far. There were rumors saying that it might be set in Eygpt and that it might be called Assassin’s Creed Origin.
There’s now no official news on the setting or release date for the game, but Ubisoft has stated in the past that their latest instalment in the series might not arrive in 2017.